Child Life Inpatient Services


The Child Life Program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center offers a full time, 600-hour internship over approximately 15 weeks to train and educate emerging Child Life Professionals.

Our internship curriculum follows the requirements and standards set forth by the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP).  

We select one candidate for each internship term year-round.


  • At SCVMC child life interns must be affiliated with a university at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Per SCVMC policy, we are unable to host interns who are not affiliated with a school.
    • Current affiliations:
      • Azusa Pacific University
      • Loma Linda University
    • If your school is interested in pursuing affiliation with SCVMC, please contact [email protected] prior to applying.
  • Internship candidates must have:
    • Experience working or volunteering with children, youth, and families in a healthcare or non-healthcare setting
    • Completed a child life practicum by the start of the internship


  • At SCVMC, we observe the ACLP Internship Deadlines.
    • We require all application materials to be received by the deadline listed by the ACLP.
    • Any applications received incomplete or after the internship deadline will not be reviewed.

Email submission of internship application is preferred. Please send the completed application documents in pdf format to [email protected].

You may also mail a copy of your application to:

Cristina Chandri

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
751 S. Bascom Avenue
Building M, 5th floor playroom
San Jose, CA 95128


If you have any additional questions regarding child life internship at SCVMC, please contact:

Cristina Chandri
Phone: 408- 885-2920
Email: [email protected]