Children’s Of Alabama Child Life Internship
Children’s of Alabama is one of the most popular child life organizations in the world. We provide children with life-saving medical treatment and care, as well as giving them a safe and loving home. Our internship program is designed for college students looking to gain experience in the child life field. During this program, you will work directly with our patients and volunteers, gaining invaluable experience that can be applied to your future career. If you are interested in becoming a part of our team and helping us make a difference in the lives of children, please contact us today.
What is a Children’s’ Life Internship?
A Children’s’ Life Internship is an opportunity for someone interested in working with young children to gain experience in a pediatric setting. A Children’s’ Life Internship usually lasts for around eight weeks, and can involve working either in a hospital or a child-centered daycare facility. The intern will typically be responsible for tasks such as playing with the children, running errands, taking care of paperwork, and providing moral support to the staff.
Overview of the Children’s Life Internship Program
The Children’s Life Internship Program is a six-week program that provides children ages 6-18 with the opportunity to learn about child life and pediatric health. The program is offered through Birmingham, Alabama Children’s Hospital and features interactive learning experiences that cover topics such as birth, development, illness, coping mechanisms and more.
During the internship, participants will have the opportunity to shadow doctor and nurse practitioner staff in various areas of the hospital including pediatrics, maternal/child health, and surgery. Additionally, they will have access to hospitals’ resources such as libraries, labs, and playrooms. Finally, interns will receive professional development opportunities that will help them grow their skills as child life specialists.
This program is open to students who are currently enrolled in school or have graduated from high school. Students must be available for all sessions (8:00am – 4:00pm) and must have a valid driver’s license and car insurance. For more information or to apply for the program please visit www.bhamchildrens.org/lifeinternship or call 205-975-4000 ext 5222.
The Children’s of Alabama Child Life Internship (COLI) is a program that provides clinical training for young professionals in the field of child life. The internship offers participants the opportunity to gain experience working with children and their families in a comprehensive pediatric setting.
To be accepted into the COLI program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing, psychology, social work, or another related field. In addition, applicants must have at least two years of experience working with children. The internship is three months long and takes place at one of four pediatric hospitals in Alabama: Birmingham Children’s Hospital; Huntsville Hospital; Mobile Infirmary; or Tuscaloosa Regional Medical Center.
During the internship, interns will gain experience working with patients ranging from newborns to adolescents. They will also learn how to provide support to patients and their families through diagnosis and treatment procedures. In addition to clinical skills, interns will develop communication and interpersonal skills necessary for working with patients and families.
Although the application process is competitive, the COLI program offers many benefits for those who are accepted. These include access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources, as well as opportunities for networking with other professionals in the field of child life.
Training and Supervision
The Children’s of Alabama Child Life Internship is a two-week program that provides training and supervision to child life interns in the state’s Department of Human Resources. The program was started in 2006 as a way to provide child life interns with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively work with children and families.
During the internship, participants will have access to the department’s resources and facilities, including the Child Life Unit, which is home to a pediatric ward, an infant nursery, and a playroom. In addition, participants will have opportunities to learn about child development and how to work with children from diverse backgrounds.
The Children’s of Alabama Child Life Internship is open to college students who are interested in working with children and families. Participants must be available for at least two weeks during the summer months. For more information or to apply, please visit www.dhr.alabama.gov/programs/childlife or call (334) 242-0357.
Placement in a Children’s Home
The Children’s of Alabama Child Life Internship offers students the opportunity to work with children in a child-focused setting. This internship offers students the opportunity to gain experience in many different areas of child life, including case management, counseling, and social work. The internship is divided into three phases: pre-placement, placement, and post-placement. During the pre-placement phase, interns are required to complete online training modules that cover topics such as case management and ethics. Once they have completed this training, interns are placed with a team of caseworkers who will help them get started working with children. In the placement phase, interns are assigned cases and are responsible for providing support to both the children and their families. They are also required to attend weekly staff meetings and participate in monthly supervision sessions. The final stage of the internship is post-placement where interns must submit a final report on their experiences working with children.
Benefits of a Children’s Life Internship
A Children’s Life Internship provides the opportunity for participants to gain knowledge and experience in a child life setting. These internships can offer beneficial experiences such as: gaining insight into how children experience the world, developing relationships with children and their families, developing critical thinking skills, and gaining work experience in a field related to pediatric health. While many internships require prior childcare experience, not all do. In fact, many of our programs specifically seek out candidates without prior childcare experience. Our goal is for you to gain as much knowledge as possible about what it means to care for children and develop your own ideas about becoming a pediatric health professional. Some of the benefits of having an internship in this field include: increased confidence in caring for children, improved communication skills, increased awareness of child development, and increased understanding of pediatric issues.
Thank you for your interest in the Children’s of Alabama Child Life Internship! We are excited to offer this unique opportunity to gain experience working with children and families. The internship is three months long, and will take place at our facility in Montgomery, AL. The ideal candidate will have previous experience working with children, be passionate about child development and have a desire to pursue pediatric nursing as a career. If you meet these qualifications, please apply online today!