The Child Life Practicum

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The Child Life Practicum at Denver Health offers students the opportunity to learn about pediatric hospitalization in the pediatric unit, the pediatric intensive care unit, the pediatric emergency department, and the pediatric outpatient clinics. Under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialists, students will get the opportunity to observe different types of interventions and will be facilitating various activities at the bedside and in the playrooms. Students are also asked to complete weekly assignments and receive feedback and guidance about their experiences. Students must complete a minimum of 150 hours within a typical school semester. We currently accept practicum students in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

This program is volunteer-based and you cannot receive school credit unless there is a prior contract between Denver Health and your university. Please note that our practicum program currently accepts unaffiliated students.

If you are not pursuing a child life certification and are looking for a general hospital practicum experience, please do not reach out as we simply are not the right program for you.


Application Requirements

All of the following will be uploaded or typed in the application process below.

  1. Completed Denver Health Practicum Application.
  2. A current resume and cover letter.
  3. Unofficial transcripts from each university/college you have attended experience with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  4. Two letters of recommendation; one familiar with your work with children/families.


Spring and Fall are 10 hours a week for 15 weeks.
Summer is 12.5 hours a week for 12 weeks.


Denver Health will not be hosting Child Life Practicum students for 2024.

Our sincerest apologizes but we will not be taking Child Life Practicum Students for 2024. In the meantime we will be looking at the application process and doing our best to align with some of the changes in our application process that will align with the internship requirements for the Association Child Life Professionals. Thank you for your consideration and patience.


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