The first of its kind, Eastern has been offering a child life community practicum experience virtually since 2020. While traditional practicums provide in-person shadowing in 1-2 hospital units, this virtual experience focuses not only on those traditional hospital settings but also on community-based child life opportunities, introducing many of our students to new career opportunities within the field of child life! Our students are actively involved in virtual medical camps and in-hospital studio programming for more hands-on experiences with pediatric patients and the use of technology.
In-person shadowing experiences provide our practicum students with the closest child life team (for each student) for 20+ hours of shadowing. With specific experiences using technology for therapeutic interventions, and an introduction to a range of units/settings of child life practice, our past students have been able to provide unique examples of experiences and goals in the profession, which has set them apart from other internship candidates.
This experience meets the Association of Child Life Professionals recommended standards for a practicum experience – and includes each of the Internship Readiness Modules from the Association of Child Life Professionals Modules.