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.

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.

Spring and Fall are 10 hours a week for 15 weeks.

Summer is 12.5 hours a week for 12 weeks.

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 2022

We will not be accepting applications for Spring 2022

Summer 2022

Dates: May 22nd, 2022 - July 30th, 2022

Application Deadline: March 11th, 2022 

Offer Date: April 1st, 2022

Orientation: May 18th, 2022 (Need to be in Colorado)

Fall 2022

Dates: September 11th, 2022 - December 23rd, 2022

Application Deadline: July 8th, 2022

Offer Date: July 29th, 2022

Orientation: September 7th, 2022 (Need to be in Colorado)

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