Child Life Practicum

The Child Life Practicum for 2021 is still being evaluated due to COVID-19. Please check this page at a later date for any updates.

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 Specialist, 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 will receive feedback and guidance. 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.


Spring and fall hourly requirements are 10 hours a week for 15 weeks.

Summer hourly requirements are 12.5 hours a week for 12 weeks.

Application Requirements

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 recommendations; one familiar with your work with children/families.


Spring 2021

Dates: January 25th - May 15

Application Deadline: November 6, 2020

Offer Date: November 25, 2020

Orientation: January 21, 2021 (Need to be in Colorado)


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