Services at Cardon Children's Medical Center  

Child Life Internship

Child Life Internship  

Child Life Specialists serve as members of interdisciplinary teams in these patient care areas:

  • School Age
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Surgery, Oncology
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Emergency Care
  • Radiology.

All of our specialists have more than 4,000 hours paid work experience as Child Life Specialists and are able to supervise interns.

The Child Life internship is a 560-hour non-paid experience that provides students with the opportunity to enhance their competencies as a Child Life Specialist. The internship does not guarantee future employment at Cardon Children’s Medical Center. Housing, transportation and meals are the responsibility of the intern.

Prior to applying for the internship, please ensure you meet the minimum qualifications. The minimum entrance requirements are consistent with the national standards endorsed by The Child Life Council.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Completed Bachelor’s Degree. Recommended programs include Child Life, Child Development, Family Studies and Psychology. We do not accept students affiliated with universities for college credit.
  2. Copy of Completed Eligibility Assessment from the Child Life Council.
  3. Completed Child Life Course Verification Form
  4. Minimum of 100 hours volunteering with hospitalized children, preferably within a Child Life Department.
  5. Minimum of 100 hours volunteering or working with well children
  6. Minimum of  GPA 3.0 (B average)

The minimum entrance requirements and internship content are based on the Child Life Council’s Standards of Academic and Clinical Preparation Programs in Child Life and Child Life Competencies.

Intern Orientation

Candidates who are selected for the internship are required to attend Cardon Children’s Medical Center volunteer orientation, complete a background check and pass a health screening (TB skin test) prior to their start date. Cardon Children's Medical Center now requires employees and volunteers to get a flu shot during respiratory season.


Cardon Children's Medical Center
1400 S. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202
(480) 412-KIDS (5437)
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