To be eligible to apply for the Child Life Specialist Internship, you must be a senior in college or have completed a bachelor's or master's degree with a major in:

  • Child life
  • Child development
  • Human growth and development
  • Child psychology
  • Other related fields

A minimum GPA of 3.0 overall is required. Applicants with high academic achievement will have priority.

Confirmation of classes taken is approved by the Association of Child Life Professionals via the online Eligibility Assessment. Eligibility includes approval of a child life course taught by a child life specialist.

Technical standards and physical demands

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences accepts students who are highly qualified for its programs. To be considered for admittance, candidates generally exhibit strong qualifications for the health profession they 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 typically are 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.

While performing the duties of this job, the intern is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, kneel, talk, hear and use hands. The intern must be comfortable navigating the campus and moving through different areas of the hospital or clinics. The intern will accompany patients to diagnostic imaging, procedures and surgeries and provide patient support as needed. Interns must be able to maintain supervision and lead activities for up to 20 patients while ensuring their safety at all times. Interns may need to lift or move up to 50 pounds (23 kilograms).

The work environment characteristics described above are characteristic of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

See the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences non-U.S. citizen applicants policy.

More information

See further Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

July 17, 2017