Child Life Students and Volunteers

Internships at the Vermont Children's Hospital


We currently accept both independent and university affiliated Child Life Interns who are looking to fulfill the requirements set forth by the Child Life Council in preparation to sit for the certification exam and pursue a career path in Child Life or a related field. Our un-paid internship is full time (40 hours a week) for 15 weeks for a total of 600 hours. Time is spent on the in-patient pediatric unit and pediatric intensive care unit with rotations in out-patient areas.  

Application requirements include:

  • A completed common Child Life internship application from the Child Life Council 
  • Three letters of reference (two must be work/field experience related) 
  • Official college/university transcript(s) 
  • A current resume
  • Documentation of a minimum of 100 hours of in-patient pediatric hospital experience (Child Life Practicum or volunteer work)  

Send Applications to:

Vermont Children's Hospital
Child Life- Internship Coordinators
FAHC Mail Stop 127BA5
111 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401 

We adhere to the Child Life Council’s Internship application deadlines and offer/acceptance dates listed below:

Internships Offered and Acceptance Dates

Internship Session Application Deadlines Initial Offer Dates Acceptance Dates Offer Dates 2013/2014 Acceptance Dates 2013/2014
Summer Jan 5 2nd Tuesday of February Following Wednesday Tuesday, 2/11/14 Wednesday, 2/12/14
Fall May 5 2nd Tuesday of June Following Wednesday Tuesday, 6/10/14 Wednesday, 6/11/14
Winter/Spring Sept 5 2nd Tuesday of October Following Wednesday Tuesday, 10/14/14 Wednesday, 10/14/14


If you would like more information, please contact Jess Rabidoux at 802- 847-4913 or


We offer a Child Life Practicum Program which is designed to familiarize students with the Child Life profession in general. The part-time un-paid practicum is 10-12 hours a week for 1 semester. The student should have completed basic coursework in child development in order to benefit from this placement.

Through observation and interaction, the practicum student gains a working knowledge of infant, child, and youth growth and development and how they are impacted by hospitalization and illness. The student will be registered as a Child Life volunteer with opportunities to observe the Child Life Specialist apply theory to practice, when possible.

If you would like more information on the Child Life Practicum Program, please contact Alexis Tyler at 802-847-4913 or email

Information Sessions

Child Life Information Sessions are offered to help people to learn more about the field of Child Life and educate them on the process of becoming a certified Child Life Specialist.  Info session provide an opportunity to sit one on one or in a small group setting with a Child Life Specialist to learn more about the education, fieldwork, and certification requirements set forth by the Child Life Council and answer any questions about the field.

If you'd like to find out about future sessions, please contact Ali Waltien at 802-847-4069 or

Job Shadows

We do not accept job shadows at this time. Individuals looking to gain more knowledge about Child Life and the role of the Child Life Specialist are encouraged to attend the info sessions mentioned above.

Volunteering at the Vermont Children's Hospital


If you would like to be a Child Life volunteer on the in-patient pediatric unit, please contact Volunteer Services at 802-847-3536 or apply online.

Volunteers must be able to commit to a shift at the same day/time each week for minimum of 3 hours/day. Shifts begin as early as 9am and end as late as 9pm.

Duties include interacting with children ages birth – adolescence and their families in the playroom and at the bedside, engaging children in play activities and offering parents respite. Other responsibilities include toy cleaning and organizing, along with helping Child Life staff with special projects.

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