Thank you for your interest in the Child Life Practicum Program at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital. This program provides an introduction to the needs of the hospitalized child and their family. The practicum is available to students who are in their junior or senior year of college and have completed course work in child development, family studies, or a related field. Individuals who are unaffiliated and have completed college course work in child development may also apply. The practicum experience is 150 hours. At this time we are able to accommodate one to two practicum students per semester.

The practicum student will be provided with experience in a pediatric area of the hospital that is covered by a child life specialist. The area(s) available to the practicum student will vary. The practicum student must be able to work during their supervisors shift.

Please carefully review the Practicum responsibilities.

Download the practicum application. The entire application must be submitted by the deadline.

For Practicum Starting: Application Deadline: Initial Offer Dates: Acceptance Dates:
February October 10th 2nd Tuesday of November 2nd Wednesday of November
June March 10th 2nd Tuesday of April 2nd Wednesday of April
September June 10th 2nd Tuesday of July 2nd Wednesday of July

We will review each application upon receipt. Applicants that meet the practicum admission criteria will be contacted to schedule an interview with the Child Life Practicum Student Coordinators. Thank you for your interest in our program.

For more information, please contact Molly Baron, Practicum Student Coordinator, at 410-328-4553 or email