Wants and Needs: In the Child Life Field (a students point of view)




needs and wantsHi everyone! Sorry I haven’t updated this month. Been busy with Vacation Bible School this week at my church. This post is going to be a little different from the norm. Normally, I talk about a certain type of toy for a particular diagnosis, a worthy cause for children or what have you, but this post is about wants and needs.

We all have wants and needs and we all want to see these things fulfilled. These can be from wanting to put a down payment on a house or you may need a second job. For me, I want and need a child life internship. This fits into both categories for two reason. Reason one, I need a child life internship in order to graduate from my college. At this very moment, my internship is the ONLY course I have left to take. I would like to say that again: my internship is the ONLY course I have left to take in order to graduate with a degree in Child Life. I feel like so many people do not understand that little sentence. I have had people that go to school with me be like “So can you graduate now? You have your internship for child development and family studies can you graduate?” If I go ahead and graduate and then get an internship for child life, I have to put in an EXTRA 30-32 credit hours along with the internship. Therefore that is why I have decided to hang on and fight out the storm until I get an internship. I also need an internship to sit for the certification exam. For those who are Certified Child Life Specialist or even a student, know that you need an internship in order to get to the next step and that is the exam.

Reason two, I want this internship so I can become a Certified Child Life Specialist. I want to teach children that their illness doesn’t define them, but they define themselves.

While I understand that becoming a CCLS has become extremely competitive it doesn’t have to be. If hospitals could take more than one intern it would help so many students and set them on the right path. Because some students may not get the help that is needed from their school.


“Life is tough darling, but so are you.”

Stephanie Bennett Henry


Until next time!


2 thoughts on “Wants and Needs: In the Child Life Field (a students point of view)

  1. I had a lady yesterday ask me while I was volunteering “why are you not working as a child life specialist?” I told her because I need to get an internship. I have a BA in psychology and am taking a few child life classes currently. Only problem is the internship. The hospital I volunteer at had staffing issues so that did not even do the internship this past fall. Not sure if they will again. I have a family so the only place I can do it is here in town. So for now I will continue to volunteer and try to find other places to help children. Then maybe one day an assistant job or an internship will open back up. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!


    • Hi Mary, thank you for taking the time to read my post and leaving a comment. That is to bad about your local hospital. What hospital is that? I just wish we could do internships in a different setting other then a hospital. I know that we can if we can find a CLS who has the 4,000 hours, but that would be hard to locate someone outside of the hospital. Good luck in your search and I hope something comes up! 🙂


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