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.
Emergency department and surgery on Akron and Beeghly campuses, radiology, patient care units and palliative care.
Contact volunteer services at 330-543-8424 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for an application and more information.
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:
Akron Children’s Hospital follows the National Child Life Council’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 www.childlife.org
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