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The Phoebe H. Stein Child Life Program


Education & Training


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The Phoebe H. Stein Child Life Program offers an extraordinary internship opportunity for individuals looking to advance their skills and training in child life. With the broad scope of services provided by our organization, interns will benefit from a range of experiences and responsibilities, including:

  • Performing thorough patient developmental assessments.
  • Creating and implementing individualized treatment plans for developmentally appropriate preparation and support throughout hospitalization.
  • Maintaining and completing process journals, verbatim logs, practice chart notes, procedure notes, diagnosis sheets, case studies and a gap in service project.
  • Maintaining playroom activities and supplies.
  • Participating in quality and performance improvement initiatives.
  • Precepting volunteers.
  • Serving as a liaison for patients and their family members, as well as the interdisciplinary team.


General Information:

  • We are an Association of Child Life Specialists (ACLP) Accredited Internship Program
  • We accept practicum applications from students whose academic programs are affiliated and non-affiliated
  • We accept internship applications ONLY from students whose academic program has an affiliation with our hospital signed before the application deadline (see process under AFFILIATIONS)
  • We offer full-time, three week practicum experiences in Fall, Spring and Summer
  • We offer a full-time, one semester internship in the Fall and Spring
  • We follow all ACLP due date guidelines for practicum and internship applications, which can be found here:


  • We offer a 120-hour practicum for students interested in gaining observation and play experience with a team of Certified Child Life Specialists
  • We accept applications Fall/Spring and Summer and use the ACLP deadlines for application and interview process
  • Graduate or undergraduate students (entering senior year) in child life or related major from affiliated and non-affiliated universities
  • Submit via email a request for application and include written verification of requirements met:
    • Completion of at least 50 hours of volunteer work within hospital setting
    • Completion of at least one course in Child Development and/or Child Life related courses


  • Completion of 100 hours of volunteer work within a hospital program.
  • Completion of the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) eligibility assessment inclusive of 6 applied areas of study and the additional academic coursework portion (9 additional courses).
  • Submit VIA email :
    • ACLP Common Child Life Internship Application
    • Unofficial transcripts are accepted


We are currently affiliated with the following programs:

  • Bank Street College of Education
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Utica College
  • Towson University
  • Erikson Institute
  • Central Washington University
  • Nova Southeastern University

*If you are interested in creating an affiliation between your academic program and our hospital, please reach out to our Internship Coordinator for more information. This must be submitted three months prior to application due date and must be completed before interview. There is no guarantee of affiliation agreement until it is signed by both the academic program and hospital.


Contact Information for The Phoebe H. Stein Child Life Program:

For practicum opportunities only:
Talia Haviv, MS, CCLS, Senior Child Life Specialist, Practicum Coordinator
Email for practicum information:

For internship opportunities only:
Tracy Rosenblatt, MS, CCLS, Senior Child Life Specialist, Internship Coordinator
Email for internship information:

Contact Phoebe H. Stein Child Life Program at CHAM

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Child Life Program Director
Meghan D. Kelly, MSEd, CCLS
Phone: 718-741-2360

For Volunteers, School and Community Organizations, Toy Donations
Child Life Program Supervisor
Ingrid Ordóñez-Street, MEd/SpEd, CCLS
Phone: 718-741-2556

For Practicum Opportunities
Senior Child Life Specialist, Practicum Coordinator
Talia Haviv, MS, CCLS 

For Internship Opportunities
Senior Child Life Specialist, Internship Coordinator
Mary Kate Kelly, MS, CCLS