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Child Life Program Practicum


The purpose of the child life practicum at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel is to prepare individuals for child life internships.  This 10 week/100 hour practicum is offered during the spring and summer.  The practicum provides the student with an opportunity to become familiar with the role of child life in the hospital and children’s reactions to hospitalization.  The practicum consists of observing the Randall Children’s Hospital child life team, who provide services throughout the entire hospital including: emergency department, radiology, inpatient medical/surgical, PICU, hematology/oncology, cardiac, pediatric rehabilitation, burn unit, NICU and children of adult patients. 

Practicum goals

  • Establish a personal level of comfort in the hospital environment
  • Observe a variety of clinical experiences, resulting in a basic understanding of child life’s role in the hospital
  • Demonstrate knowledge regarding children’s responses to hospitalization
  • Learn basic approaches of preparation and medical play
  • Apply play and developmental theories to interactions with hospitalized patients
  • Develop the ability to build rapport with patients and engage them in therapeutic activities
  • Learn how to introduce self and child life services to patients and families
  • Demonstrate the ability to set goals and objectives to enhance personal and professional development
  • Complete a project designed to enhance the child life program
  • Complete readings related to child life
  • Keep a journal, including developmental assessments and medical terminology
  • Participate in weekly meetings with practicum supervisor
  • Conduct self in a professional manner (appearance, punctuality, flexibility, communication, etc.)


Practicum requirements

To be considered for Randall Children’s Hospital’s child life practicum program, individuals must have or be seeking a Bachelor’s degree (minimum of a junior status) in a field related to child life.   Applicants must also have a minimum of 75 documented hours of working with children, and a minimum 3.0 GPA. 

Practicum students must meet the requirements to be a volunteer at Randall Children’s Hospital, including: an interview and orientation with the volunteer coordinator, background check and proof of immunizations, including up-to-date tuberculosis test.  Practicum students must adhere strictly to volunteer policies, including wearing volunteer photo identification at all times. 

Application process

All application packets are reviewed thoroughly. Those individuals being considered for the practicum program will be contacted via phone to schedule an interview.  

To be considered for the practicum, the following will be submitted in a single mailing to be considered for an interview.  Incomplete application packets will not be considered. 

  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (student/unofficial copy is acceptable)
  • Current resume
  • Letter of recommendation from your most applicable volunteer or paid experience
  • Completed practicum application
  • Randall Children’s Hospital volunteer department application


Application deadlines and acceptance dates: 

Practicum Session

Application Deadlines

Acceptance Dates


February 1

Before March 1st


May 1

Before June 1st

Please return complete packet to:

Olivia Raymer, CCLS
Child Life Practicum Coordinator
Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
2801 N. Gantenbein Ave., Room 3216
Portland, OR  97227

For questions please contact Olivia at:
Phone: (503) 413-4413