The Child Life Specialist Internship prepares individuals for professional practice in hospitals and clinics. Through your patient care responsibilities and clinical experiences, the Child Life Specialist Internship enables you to:
- Work closely with experienced and skilled child life staff who give you personal one-on-one attention as you develop your own competence and style
- Work with Mayo Clinic nurses, child life specialists, physicians, social workers, chaplains and other allied health professionals in an atmosphere of respect for each professional's role
- Serve a large, diverse patient population with common and uncommon medical conditions
- Establish and maintain a professional relationship with patients who have diverse needs and background
- Function as a dynamic member of the patient care team
- Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
- Manage and organize time
- Practice as an entry-level specialist
Grading or evaluation
Mayo School of Health Sciences uses student evaluative tools that include:
- Demonstration of skills
- Midterm and final evaluations based on the child life competencies established by the Child Life Council
- Immediate and ongoing feedback
Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.
Mayo School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.