The Child Life  practicum program at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital is 100-120 hours and may be offered three times per year. Students are paired with a Certified Child Life Specialist throughout their placement who provide supervised and guided experiences with children while supporting the development of professional child life skills. The exact time frame of the practicum experience will be determined based on student and staffing schedules.


Practicum experiences include:


  • Patient/Family care interventions

  • An introduction to assessments and medical chart documentation

  • Observation of outpatient clinic and day treatment programs Meet with staff from other disciplines

  • Attendance at interdisciplinary rounds

  • Weekly assignments 

Program Requirements:

Appropriate fields of study and experience include child life, child development, education, family studies, or related fields. Students are strongly encouraged to become a member of the Association of Child Life Professionals (


  • Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of 50  hours in a hospital or closely related setting with children and families (i.e., volunteer work, paid work,  or field placement,
  • Applicants must have at least 25  hours of experience with WELL infants, children, youth and/or families 

Application Deadlines and Process:

All interested applicants should complete and submit:

  • Transcripts from college or university (official or unofficial)
  • Resume and two professional letters of reference

Summer Practicum 2021
Application Deadline: February 2, 2021

Fall Practicum 2021
Application Deadline: April 28, 2021


Note: Due to COVID-19, the format of interviews (in-person versus virtual) is subject to change.

Priority and preference is for onsite interviews. No phone interviews are conducted. During the pandemic, virtual interviews may be conducted. Any potential student must also successfully pass a drug test upon acceptance.

Please return all applications to:

Jennifer Langezaal, MS, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
1708 W. Rogers Ave
Baltimore, MD 21209
[email protected]