The child life internship program at the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah at Memorial University Medical Center provides a hands-on learning experience for students seeking a degree in child life. Our internship program consists of 600 hours of supervised clinical work within a children’s hospital (at least a 15-week commitment at 40 hours a week). Our internships are available during the winter/spring and fall semesters.
Child life interns receive training and experience in the following areas: playroom management, therapeutic play activities, one-on-one and group support, supervision of volunteers, sibling and parental support, preparation and medical play for procedures, procedural support and distraction, peri-operative support and services, outpatient services, and other areas. Interns also participate in community outreach programs and support groups as designated by the child life team.
To be considered for a child life internship, candidates must meet the following qualifications:
Students interested in applying for a child life internship should follow this schedule (due dates are consistent with Child Life Council recommendations):
Fall Internship: August through DecemberApplication is due March 15thAn offer is made by first Tuesday of May
Winter/Spring Internship: January through May
Application is due September 5
An offer is made by second Tuesday of October
Child Life internship applications must meet all requirements to be accepted for evaluation. Your application packet must be received by the application deadlines listed above. All required materials must be submitted together in a single packet. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Mail Applications to: Child Life DepartmentAttention: Child Life Internship Coordinator
Memorial University Medical Center - 3rd Floor Pediatrics
4700 Waters Avenue
Savannah, GA 31403
Application packets should include the following:
Phase 1: Each application will be processed and reviewed. A blind review of all qualified applications will be completed by the internship committee.
Phase 2: Qualified applicants will be invited to Savannah for an on-site interview or will be offered a phone/Skype interview.
Phase 3: An official offer will be made to one applicant on the Child Life Council's recommended offer date. The offer will be made between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
Offers for internship made after a phone interview will be contingent upon the student visiting the hospital site prior to beginning the child life internship.
Interns must present proof of immunizations and complete a criminal background check, drug screening, and other required paperwork one month prior to the start date. Failure to complete any of the above items will result in withdrawal of the internship offer. Child life interns do not receive a monetary stipend or housing assistance.