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Please note: The John Hancock Child Life and Wellness Program will not be accepting 600 hour internship applications for the Fall 2020 semester.

John Hancock Child Life and Wellness Program internship placements are offered during the fall and spring academic semesters. Summer internships are not offered.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Actively enrolled in an academic child life program for the duration of the internship
  • Minimum of 100 hours of child life volunteer and/or practicum experience under the supervision of a certified child life specialist

How to Apply

Application materials include:

  • Application (PDF) - We do not accept the child life common application
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Three reference letters, each with a completed CL Common recommendation form (two of which should come from someone who has observed you working with children)

All completed application materials must be submitted electronically in a single email to childlifeinternship@partners.org. Application submissions must be received by the Association for Child Life Professionals (ACLP) established deadlines. Please refer to the ACLP website for submission deadlines, as well as offer and acceptance deadlines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept interns who are completing an independent internship?
No, all interns must be enrolled in a child life academic program during the duration of their internship with the intent of pursing a career as a child life specialist. Acceptance to this internship program is also contingent upon the establishment of a contract between MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the student’s academic institution.

Are internships paid?
No, child life internship experiences are not paid.

Are child life internship experiences offered in the summer?
No, child life internships are only offered during the Fall and Spring academic semesters. 

How many students do you accept at a time?
The number of students accepted will vary from semester to semester due to the number of applicants and supervisor availability. Generally, we accept two to four child life students. 

Do I get to choose which area I’m placed in?
Child life interns may share feedback pertaining to areas of interest. However, placement decisions are made at the discretion of the child life team. 

Do you provide housing for out-of-town students?
No, Mass General Hospital for Children does not provide housing for students.

Is parking provided/available for child life interns?
No, there is no parking on-site for child life interns. However, there are a few local parking garages that do offer parking for a daily fee of $20-$40. Mass General is conveniently accessible by several forms of public transportation.

If you have additional questions that are not listed here, please email the John Hancock Child Life and Wellness Program Internship Committee at childlifeinternship@partners.org.