The program is dedicated to creating a comfortable, therapeutic and family-centered environment. Our goal is to optimize a patient’s growth and development, decrease anxiety and foster positive coping skills. Medical preparation and procedural support, offered by Child Life, helps patients gain a sense of mastery over their health care experiences. We encourage play opportunities and peer socialization to help normalize the hospital setting.

Child Life Specialists are certified in the assessment and treatment of the developmental, emotional and psychosocial issues of children. As members of the health care team, we provide consultation and intervention services regarding child development and the impact of illness, injury and hospitalization on children and families.


  • Hospital pre-admission tours and education by appointment.
  • Support to patients and families before, during and after medical procedures.
  • Therapeutic play and recreational activities to monitor intellectual, motor, emotional and social development in a comforting, child-centered environment.
  • Educational and supportive services for staff, patients, families and school systems, emphasizing emotional needs and comprehensive health care.

Inpatient Special Programs:

  • Music Therapy
  • Artist in Residence
  • Pet Therapy
  • Hole in the Wall Volunteers
  • Angels Above theme parties and patient visits
  • Child Life volunteers
  • Starlight Foundation monthly activities
  • Parent coffee hours

Child Life Internship Opportunities and Requirements

  • Internship Coordinator: Anne Pizzano, MS, CCLS, child life manager,
  • Eligible candidates MUST be enrolled in a graduate level child life program at the time of internship completion and have completed a minimum of 100 hours of child life volunteer and/or practicum experience under the supervision of a certified child life specialist.
  • MGHfC child life internships are offered during the Fall and Spring academic semesters. Summer internships are not offered.
  • Application submissions must be received or post marked by the Child Life Council’s established deadlines. Please refer directly to the Child Life Councils website for submission deadline dates as well as offer and acceptance deadlines.
  • Application materials include the MGHfC Child Life Application, current resume, all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts and three letters of recommendation. A completed application packet must be received at one time with all materials included in a single envelope. NOTE: WE DO NOT ACCEPT THE CHILD LIFE COMMON APPLICATION.
  • For additional child life internship information, please refer to following resources:

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