Student opportunities in Child Life and Expressive Therapies

Introduction to Child Life

Start here if you are learning about the field of Child Life for the first time. Learn more about the history of the profession, educational requirements, where Child Life Specialists work and much more.

Opportunities in Expressive Therapies

Exploring the profession

Volunteer opportunities

If you are interested in a career in Child Life and/or Expressive Therapies and need practical exposure in the field, please visit Volunteer Services. Volunteering offers an opportunity for the student to work directly with patients and families in the hospital setting. Other venues for volunteering with children include church groups, camps, local schools and youth related events.

Job shadow opportunities

Child Life and Expressive Therapies offer students an opportunity to participate in a shadow experience. Child Life shadow experiences are offered the first and third Wednesday of the month (January-November) and Expressive Therapies shadow experiences are offered the second Wednesday of the month (January-November). Go to our information on observers and job shadows to download the required form.

Note that a program sponsor needs to be identified before the form is submitted. Please contact childlife@chw.org to request a sponsor.