Child Life Specialist Student Program

Child life specialists are an important part of the healthcare team at Akron Children's Hospital. Trained in child development and family systems, they use their knowledge to provide emotional support and developmentally appropriate education to patient families facing a range of challenging experiences, particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization.

Akron Children's offers a variety of experiences for students interested in pursuing child life as a profession. 

Q&A About Child Life Student Experiences

Where do child life specialists work?

Emergency department and surgery on Akron and Beeghly campuses, radiology, patient care units and palliative care.

What child life student experiences are available at Akron Children’s Hospital?

Contact volunteer services at 330-543-8424 or, for an application and more information.

What opportunities do you have for child life clinical student placement?

To review eligibility criteria for clinical student placement, please see the Student Program Requirements.

Practicum: an opportunity to shadow and observe a certified child life specialist. Students will have the opportunity to: 

Internship:  Clinical placement that shifts the focus from observation to the student becoming independent and functioning in the role as a child life specialist.  Students will have the opportunity to:

Student Clinical Placement Deadlines

Akron Children’s Hospital follows the Association of Child Life Professional’s recommendations for deadlines:

Placement   Application Deadlines    Offer Deadlines Acceptance Deadlines
Fall     March  15      1st Tuesday of May Following Wednesday
Winter/Spring September 5          2nd Tuesday of October   Following Wednesday
Summer January 5  2nd Tuesday of February Following Wednesday

For more information on the child life profession, visit

For more information about Akron Children's program, contact:

Tiffany Gray, 330-543-3647 or
Krista Graham, 330-543-3647 or

Jaclyn Kickel, 330-543-3241 or

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