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Child Life Practicum Program


We will continue our practicum program the Fall Semester of 2014. If you are interested in our practicum program for the Fall Semester of 2015, applications must be postmarked no later than May 5, 2015.

Please contact the Practicum Student Coordinator with questions at: (813) 554-8155 ext. 5 or email

Thank you for your interest in our practicum program at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital.  This practicum program is intended for those interested in learning more about the Child Life field and working with hospitalized children.  Below are some frequently asked questions about our practicum program.

How long is the practicum program?
Our practicum program is a total of 150-hours.  Many of our practicum students have full-time jobs or are currently enrolled in classes, so the hours per week are flexible in order to meet the needs of our students.  We require that practicum students work anywhere between a minimum of 12-hours per week and a maximum of 20-hours per week. 

What areas of the hospital do practicum students get to experience?
Practicum students are assigned to shadow Certified Child Life Specialists throughout various areas of the hospital.  Clinical areas that practicum students may experience are:

  • General in-patient units
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Special Procedures/Day Hospital
  • Emergency Department
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU)

When are practicum students accepted?
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital follows the internship guidelines and deadlines set forth by the Child Life Council.

Do I have to be enrolled in a college or university to apply?
No, you do not have to be enrolled in a college or university to apply. We accept independent students as well as students currently enrolled in a college/university and require course credits.

What is expected out of practicum students?

  • Total of 150 practicum hours, working between a minimum of 12 hours per week and a maximum of 20 hours per week
  • Facilitation of playroom activities once a week
  • Attendance for three in-services from child life staff
  • Daily journals
  • One-page summary of reading assignment
  • Final paper about what student has learned
  • Regular meetings with Practicum Coordinator

When should I apply?

Internship Session Application Deadlines Initial Offer Dates Acceptance Dates
Winter/Spring September 5th 2nd Tuesday of October Following Wednesday
Summer January 5th 2nd Tuesday of February Following Wednesday
Fall May 5th 2nd Tuesday of June Following Wednesday

How do I apply?
Email, fax, or mail in the completed Practicum Application along with your resume to:
Fax: (813) 554-8520
Mail:   St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa
           Child Life Department
           ATTN: Leah Maloney, MS, CCLS 
           3001 W. Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
           Tampa, FL 33607

How does the selection process work?
Applicants will be contacted following the application deadline. A phone interview will be set up at that time. Selections will be made and you will be contacted regarding your status by the deadlines set forth by the Child Life Council.

How do I contact you if I have any questions?
If you have any questions, please contact us via email at

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa • 3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. • Tampa, FL 33607 • (813) 554-8500