Child Life Professional Opportunities

Child Life Career Information Day
Thursday, October 25, 2018
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Interested in learning more about child life? Attend this two hour session to gain a comprehensive overview of the child life profession and learn the necessary information to get you started toward your future career in child life. Our next session will be on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital East Auditorium. Please email our child life team at childlife@helendevoschildrens.org to register for this event. Include the following information:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • School attending/attended
  • Questions or comments

Please indicate which session(s) you’re planning to attend:

  • Child life
  • Music therapy
  • Both

Music Therapy Career Information Day 
Thursday, October 25, 2018
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Interested in learning more about music therapy? Attend this two hour event to gain an overview of the field of music therapy, observe live and video examples of music therapy interventions in various settings, and learn how to get started on your path to becoming a music therapist. Our next session will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday October 25, 2018 in the Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital East Auditorium. The event will take place directly after our Child Life Career Information Day event. Please feel free to register for both events if interested. email our child life department at childlife@helendevoschildrens.org to register. Include the following information:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • School attending/attended
  • Questions or comments

Please indicate which session(s) you’re planning to attend:

  • Child life
  • Music therapy
  • Both

Our child life program is pleased to offer both child life practicum and child life internship opportunities. We strive to offer students a wide variety of experiences within the hospital setting as well as a solid understanding of the child life profession. We accept students with or without a college affiliation.

Child Life Practicum

Our 120 hour practicum is offered in the winter (January to March) and fall (September to November) semesters. The practicum is essentially an intensive job shadow experience mixed with additional volunteer responsibilities. It includes observational opportunities in at least two areas of the hospital where students observe child life specialists at work. The practicum also includes time spent in the playroom setting, interacting with patients and families, and assisting the child life staff with various tasks. Students completing a child life practicum at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital are not eligible to apply for an internship at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. Students are required to have at least 50 hours of volunteer experience in order to apply for the practicum. Please see the practicum application to the right for further requirements.

Child Life Internship

Our program follows the guidance of the Association of Child Life Professionals offering a 600 hour (16 week) internship. We offer up to two interns a placement each winter (January to May) and fall (September to December) semester. The 16 weeks are composed of two six week rotations. Interns will gain an in-depth understanding of inpatient and outpatient settings, which will allow the intern to finish their internship with a strong foundation to become an independent child life specialist. Interns will begin with a week of thorough orientation and curriculum study, while also becoming familiar with our hospital setting. Interns will have two weeks to choose interdepartmental observations in order to see all that our child life team has to offer patients and families in areas that are not part of their two rotations. We provide a well-rounded curriculum, including child life module readings, written assignments, in-services, hands-on instruction, and experience, in order to prepare interns for a career as a child life specialist. The internship is a full-time experience (40 hours a week) and requires completion of a child life practicum at a different hospital prior to applying for the internship. Please see the internship application to the right for further requirements.