Child Life Internship – Fargo, ND

Thank you for your interest in our Child Life Internship! Sanford Children's Child Life Program offers a 480 hour internship that currently is offered each summer. Our internship is highly competitive, so we encourage you to explore the profession of Child Life and please read the following information regarding the internship process very carefully. This internship is unpaid.

Internship Details

  • Internship is full-time (40 hours per week) and an unpaid position
  • The intern will be scheduled during summer semester (May-August)
  • The internship is scheduled for 14 weeks, allowing the intern flexibility for sick and vacation time in order to meet the 480 hour internship requirement per the Child Life Council.
  • Application process closes the 1st Tuesday of January—see for specific date of application deadline

Requirements to apply

  • Maintain affiliation with a University system throughout internship
  • Core curriculum classes or degree in child life, child development or a closely related field
  • Grade point average of a B or better in major field of study
  • Completion of most university credits—need to be eligible to sit for child life certification exam once internship is completed (Curriculum requirements found at
  • Preferred student or work experience with children in group settings, including health care environments
  • Preferred practicum experience and knowledge of psychosocial issues related to illness or hospitalization

Eligibility requirements to sit for child life certification exam

Specific Opportunities for Fargo Child Life Internship

Fargo's Child Life Internship offers a wide variety of experiences for our interns. Under the supervision of the internship coordinator, the child life intern will have the opportunity to experience both the in-patient and out-patient setting, working primarily at Sanford Children’s Hospital (Pediatrics, Pediatric ICU, Neonatal ICU) but also floating to: Roger Maris Cancer Center, pediatric outpatient clinics, outpatient surgical locations, Pediatric Day Unit, Family Birth Center, Emergency Department, and the adult floors. The intern will work with patients, infants up to 18 years, and their families enhancing his/her skill set in the following areas: distraction techniques, coping strategies, grief/bereavement support and memory-making, pre-procedural teachings, developmentally appropriate education during diagnoses and treatment, medical and therapeutic play, development support, sibling support, and developmental assessments.

Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in the following:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic
  • Late Effects Clinic (Long-term follow-up for oncology patients)
  • Kamp KACE – Kids Against Cancer Everywhere (week long camp at the end of June for oncology patients and their siblings)
  • School Reentry Presentations

To apply for our Child Life Internship you will need:

Application for the summer semester is due the 1st Tuesday of January. Please refer to the Child Life Council’s website for application deadlines and internship offer/acceptance dates (

For further internship questions, please contact the Child Life Internship Coordinator, Jessica Hotchkiss at 701-234-6989.

Completed applications can be sent to:

Jessica Hotchkiss, CCLS
Sanford Children’s Hospital
801 N. Broadway
Child Life Department Rt #0081
Fargo, ND 58122