Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our practicum availability is subject to change.

We are not offering a Winter/Spring 2022 Practicum

Thank you for your interest in the Child Life Practicum Program at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital. Our practicum is constructed to be a 150 hour pre-internship experience for students who are pursuing a career or degree program to become a Certified Child Life Specialist. Each practicum is structured so that students will complete 12.5 hours per week for 12 weeks.  Weekend and evening shifts may be required.

Students will be paired with a Certified Child Life Specialist both observing and working independently with hospitalized children and families.

The Child Life department at University of Maryland Medical Center is currently contracted with Towson University’s M.S. in Child Life, Administration & Family Collaboration program and is no longer accepting outside applications for our practicum program. We are still accepting applications for our internship program. For additional information, please e-mail Child Life student coordinator Jessica Baird at

For Practicum Starting: Application Deadline
February October 1
June March 1
September June 1

Child life Practicum Application Requirements:

  • Completion of 5 or more courses in child life or related areas (i.e. child or human development, family studies psychology, counseling, sociology, expressive therapies)
  • Completion of sophomore standing at the college/university level in a Bachelor's program or have completed a degree program of a similar field such as child development, psychology, human development, family studies, etc.)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of minimum 75 hours volunteering in a hospital setting with children. Verification is required

For additional information, please contact Jessica Baird, child life student coordinator, via email at