Child Life Internship Program

Child life therapists at Kosair Children’s Hospital, Kosair Children’s Medical Center – Brownsboro and Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital, offer a minimum 640-hour child life internship experience. Each fall and winter/spring, Kosair Children’s Hospital (downtown Louisville) accepts one intern for its facility and one intern between Kosair Children’s Medical Center – Brownsboro (east Jefferson county) and Norton Women's and Kosair Children's Hospital (St. Matthews).

Interns may apply by reviewing the internship requirements below and submitting an application, résumé and letters of recommendation by the application deadlines.  Interns will need to submit a separate application to each site.  For questions please contact:

  • Kosair Children's Hospital - Missy Drake, M.Ed., CCLS, coordinator, (502) 629-4519
  • Norton Women's and Kosair Children's Hospital - Heather Stohr, M.S., CCLS, (502) 559-4610

Before applying for an internship with the Child Life Program, please review the following criteria:

  • Students must be working toward a degree in child life, child development, psychology, early childhood education or a related field.

  • Students must be in or beyond their senior year in college and must be affiliated with a college or university during the term of their internship.  
  • Students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and As and Bs earned in all relevant child life coursework.

  • Documentation of a minimum of 100 accumulated hours of a practicum, completed at the time of application deadline, under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist.
  • Documentation of the following experiences (at  least 75 hours) with children: volunteer experience in a hospital or clinic setting serving pediatrics, medical camps, child care settings, and/or classroom settings.

  • Students must provide three letters of recommendation, with at least one from their direct supervisor in a health care setting.

  • Students must be working toward child life certification according to the Child Life Council guidelines and coursework.  
  • Three core child life texts must be read before the internship begins. It’s recommended that textbooks be read prior to interviewing for the internship. Two of the three texts must be:
    1. ChildLifein Hospitals: Theory and Practice” by Richard H. Thompson 
    2. Psychosocial Care of Children in Hospitals: A Clinical Practice Manual from the ACCH Child Life Research Project by Laura Gaynard, et al.
    3. The third text may be any approved resource listed on the Child Life Council website.


During the internship, the intern will:

  • Work 16 weeks (640 hours minimum), full time with possible weekends; no holidays are required.
  • Assignments will include but will nto be limited to: completing and presenting a project and case studies, daily journals and article summaries.
  • Multiple evaluations will occur throughout the internship.
  • We follow the Child Life Council Module system for weekly in-service training.  
  • Possible rotations include:
    • antepartum
    • adult intensive care unit
    • adult oncology
    • emergency
    • general pediatrics
    • hematology/oncology/renal
    • infant care
    • labor and delivery
    • medical/surgical
    • neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
    • outpatient medical observation
    • outpatient services
    • pediatric intensive care
    • radiology
    • surgery

Child Life Council Application deadlines


Application deadline


May 5


Sept. 5


Print and complete the Child Life Common application form (pdf), return it with a copy of your résumé and three letters of recommendation to: (Interns will need to submit a separate application to each site they wish to be considered for)

Kosair Children’s Hospital
Child Life and Expressive Therapies Department
Attn: Internship Coordinator
231 E. Chestnut St., N-38
Louisville, KY 40202

Norton Women's and Kosair Children's Hospital
Child and Family Services
Attn: Heather Stohr
4001 Dutchman's Lane
Louisville, KY 40207