Student Opportunities

Child Life 101 & Shadowing Opportunities

For those interested in becoming a Child Life Specialist, we are happy to offer some guidance and direction below.  Please also note that the requirements to become a Certified Child Life Specialist are currently in a transition phase. The Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) has outlined the requirements by certification exam date. Please consider the time frame in which you plan to take the certification exam and review the specific academic and clinical requirements for your current student status at http://www.childlife.org/certification/students.

Texas Children’s Hospital collaborates with child life programs in the Texas Medical Center to offer a Child Life 101 Information Session twice a year. During the Child Life 101 Information Session students learn about the child life profession, the role of a Child Life Specialist, applying for a practicum and internship, and the student experience. There are no requirements to attend the Child Life 101 Information Session.

In order to shadow a Child Life Specialist at Texas Children's Hospital you must first attend our Child Life 101 Information Session. After attending, students have the opportunity to schedule a time to shadow a child life specialist for a two hour time frame. In compliance with Texas Children’s Hospital policies, shadow participants must be at least 18 years old and be a high school graduate.

To receive event information for the Child Life 101 Information Session, please email childlife@texaschildrens.org with your name and email address or call 832-826-1650.


Child Life Practicum

A child life practicum is a pre-internship experience open to individuals interested in pursuing a child life internship.

Applicants must:

Notice: We will NOT be offering a practicum program for Spring 2019 and Summer 2019.

For more information or to have your questions answered, please call 832-826-1650 or email childlife@texaschildrens.org.


Child Life Internship

Our child life internship is an opportunity for last semester college seniors, graduates or graduate students to refine advanced clinical skills.

For more information or to have your questions answered, please call 832-826-1650 or email childlife@texaschildrens.org.

For additional general information about practicums, internships, certification, and the child life profession, please visit the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) website.


Music Therapy Internship

Entry Level Requirements for consideration to internship:  In order to be considered for this internship, interns must adhere to AMTA Association Internship Approval Committee regulations, must have acquired all competency-based prerequisites for internship (including both coursework completion and clinical experience) required by both the AMTA approved college/university and the internship program, and demonstrate the following skills as part of the interview/consideration process: the ability to play piano, guitar and percussion while singing in tune and an understanding of the pediatric population through course work and/or self-initiated reading and study.

During the internship you can expect to work 36 hours per week as part of a multidisciplinary team providing music therapy services that benefit the overall goals and coping of hospitalized children.  Interns will work with a variety of healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, child life specialists, psychologists and social workers.  Interns are expected to complete three independent projects, attend educational trainings, shadow other music therapists in the Texas Medical Center, and provide individual and group treatment sessions in the IRU, NICU, and PCU.  The internship director and supervisor will be present observing and supervising intern sessions throughout the experience. 

For more information or to submit completed application please contact musictherapy@texaschildrens.org.