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To be accepted into the Child Life Specialist Internship, you must have:

  • Completed the course work required for the Child Life Professional Certification Examination
  • Evidence of volunteer or paid work experience with children and especially children with ongoing health care needs
  • A strong desire to become a Certified Child Life Specialist

Technical standards

Mayo School of Health Sciences accepts students who are highly qualified for its programs. To be considered for admittance, you should exhibit strong qualifications for the health profession you wish to pursue. Applicants to programs must possess these general qualities:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Sound judgment
  • Emotional stability and maturity
  • Empathy for others
  • Physical and mental stamina
  • Ability to learn and function in a variety of settings

In addition to these general standards, child life specialists should be comfortable working with people who are ill or have disabilities. Specialists must be patient and tactful when working with people who have a variety of special needs. Ingenuity, a sense of humor and imagination are needed to adapt activities to individual needs. Good physical coordination is necessary to demonstrate or participate in recreational activities.

International applicants

See the Mayo School of Health Sciences international applicants policy.

More information

See further Mayo School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

  • Feb 25, 2015
  • ART912279