Child Life Services Offers Practicum and Clinical Internship Opportunities for Students | UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Cleveland, OH

Child Life Services Offers Practicum and Clinical Internship Opportunities for Students

The Child Life Clinical Student Program at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital has two different opportunities for students pursuing the Child Life profession: a Child Life Practicum and a Child Life Clinical Internship.  Applications for both programs are usually accepted for the three sessions in each calendar year — winter/spring, summer, and fall. 

The Department of Family & Child Life Services is dedicated to the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center’s mission: To Heal, To Teach, To Discover. Our Child Life Clinical Student Program is committed to providing an enriching experience that supports students on their way to becoming Certified Child Life Specialists. Our Child Life Clinical Student Program is further supported by our Child Life Student Committee made up of Certified Child Life Specialists and a Child Life Student Program Coordinator.

Each multidisciplinary team member in Family & Child Life Services is integrated into the Child Life student’s experience. Child Life students are scheduled for various rotations on inpatient and outpatient units. During each rotation, the unit-based Child Life Specialist serves as the student’s Preceptor and mentor. Students are also assigned a Child Life Supervisor who facilitates weekly meetings. These weekly meetings provide the student with additional support, discussion, and processing related to their clinical experiences and assignments. UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Child Life clinical rotation Preceptors and Supervisors meet the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) criteria.

Application Deadlines

There are no fees for the application process, the Child Life Practicum experience or the Child Life Clinical Internship experience. The UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Child Life Clinical Student Program follows the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) application deadlines and offer dates. Applications must be postmarked by the ACLP’s deadline dates for the specific session in which applying. Applications postmarked after the ACLP’s postmarked date will not be considered. Please visit the ACLP website for more information.

Learn More

Please contact our Child Life Student Coordinator for:

  • Questions about the Child Life profession.
  • The status of our Child Life Student Programs (i.e. if we are accepting Child Life Practicum or Child Life Clinical Internship applications for the current calendar session).
  • More information on the prerequisites or application process for the Child Life Practicum or Child Life Clinical Internship at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's.
  • A UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Child Life Practicum or Child Life Clinical Internship Application Packet. 

Child Life Student Coordinator

Lissy Zaremba MA, CCLS
Clinical Educator | Child Life Student Coordinator
Phone: (216) 844-1353
Email: lissy.zaremba@UHhospitals.org