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Child Life Intern

CHILD LIFE INTERN
Applicants must have completed a total of 10 college-level courses in child life or a related department/subject. Note: All applicants for the fall 2013 and subsequent exams will be required to successfully complete a minimum of one child life course taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist as part of this requirement.
Minimum GPA 3.0
Minimum credits: Must be in last semester of senior year of college or already graduated.

Needed Documentation
Two letters of recommendation from faculty, supervisors, or employers, who have directly observed your work with children. Each recommendation should be paragraph-style addressing your knowledge and skills relating to your work with children and professionals.
Documentation of experience with children in a health care setting under the supervision of a Child Life

How to apply for Child Life Intern
Applying for the Child Life Internship is a two-step process.
1. Apply through the Geisinger website, when the position becomes active. (Please note, the position is only active at certain times to coincide with the Child Life Program submisson dates)
2. Submit the necessary documentation directly to Child Life.

CHILD LIFE INTERN
Danville, PA
JOB SUMMARY
Internship training is one piece of what is required for those students who are planning a career as a certified child life specialist. Works closely with Child Life Specialists to develop professional skills while working in a healthcare environment.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
To become familiar with the Child Life profession, including the history, theories, skills and practices required to become a Child Life Specialist.
Observes in the assessment of and interventions with patients and their families under the supervision of a Child Life Specialist.
To begin transition from student to professional, ready for Child Life certification and employment at completion of internship.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
1. Possesses emotional maturity to work and interact with children of all ages who may have multiple emotional and physical problems.
2. Demonstrates sensitivity and understanding of the hospitalized child's needs without over-reacting to the severity of the diagnosis.
3. Demonstrates Professional boundaries with all patients and families.
4. Interacts appropriately with children individually and in groups.
5. Uses sound judgment in choosing appropriate and safe toys and activities.
6. Able to carry out oral and written instructions without continual close supervision.
7. Able to communicate effectively with staff, patients and their families. Demonstrates appropriate communication and behavior in stressful situations.
8. Self-starter.
9. Demonstrates flexibility to function in a changing environment.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Preferred Majors: Child Life, Child development, Human Growth and Development, Child Psychology, and other related fields
Applicants must have completed a total of 10 college-level courses in child life or a related department/subject. Note: All applicants for the fall 2013 and subsequent exams will be required to successfully complete a minimum of one child life course taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist as part of this requirement.
Minimum GPA 3.0
Minimum credits: Must be in last semester of senior year of college or already graduated.
NEEDED DOCUMENTATION
Two letters of recommendation from faculty, supervisors, or employers, who have directly observed your work with children. Each recommendation should be paragraph-style addressing your knowledge and skills relating to your work with children and professionals.
Documentation of experience with children in a health care setting under the supervision of a Child Life Specialist. (Minimum 75 Hours)
Documentation of previous experience with well infants, children, youth and/or families. (Minimum 75 Hours)
Copy of Approved Coursework Review.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Work is typically performed in an office environment.