The Child Life department at Tucson Medical Center provides direct patient care to 45 inpatient pediatric and pediatric intensive care beds and several outpatient areas that serve pediatric patients.

Our internship offers 600 hours of clinical experience (40 hours per week for 15 weeks) during the spring and fall semesters only. We do not currently offer a summer internship, and we are only able to accommodate one intern per semester.

Interns will complete four rotations in the following areas:

  • Surgery
  • General Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Radiology
  • Emergency Department

Requirements for internship applicants

To be considered for the internship, the following criteria must be met:

  • Senior college level student, graduate student or a non-affiliated applicant in pursuit of a career as a child life specialist.
  • “Passed” status on the CLC Eligibility Assessment for 10 academic courses. Class taught by a child life specialist must be completed before internship start date.
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • 100 hours of volunteer experience with children, under the supervision of a child life specialist, in a hospital (practicum hours do not apply).
  • Completed practicum experience.

For additional information or questions regarding the application process, please contact the Child Life Internship Coordinator:

Amy Fregonese, MA, CCLS
(520) 324-1154

Application Process

Mail all application materials in one packet to:

Tucson Medical Center
Child Life Department
Internship Coordinator
5301 E. Grant Road
Tucson, Arizona 85712

Internship Offer and Acceptance Dates:

Internship Session

Application Deadlines

Initial Offer Dates

Acceptance Dates

2nd Offer Date


Sept. 5

2nd Tuesday
of October 

Following Wednesday

Following Thursday


March 15

1st Tuesday 
of May

Following Wednesday

Following Thursday