Dear Intern Applicant,

Thank you for expressing interest in the Child Life internship program at John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, a Kaleida Health facility. 

For more than 125 years, Oishei Children's Hospital has been the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric trauma, surgical and medical care, including neonatal, perinatal and obstetrical services. As one of only 43 freestanding children's hospitals in the nation - and the only in New York State - the entire facility was built with children and families in mind. The 12-floor 185-bed modern facility is an integral part of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.  The hospital enjoys a worldwide reputation for innovation and research and also provides highly specialized care and treatment through a broad array of outpatient services.

Highlighting our nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Oishei Children’s Hospital was named a ‘Top Children’s Hospital’ in 2019 by The Leapfrog Group, an independent watchdog organization. This is the second consecutive year the hospital has received this competitive honor. We do employ nine certified Child Life Specialists who are available to oversee your internship. 

Oishei Children’s Hospital employs nine certified Child Life Specialists who are available to oversee your internship. It is our goal to provide you with a comprehensive clinical experience in our Child Life program. We offer students a sixteen-week internship (600 hours) to prepare you for working in the field as a child life specialist. We offer two internship sessions, including January through May (Spring) and August through December (Fall). Please review the intern requirements listed below. We accept the Association of Child Life Professional’s common application. Along with your application, it is required that you provide three letters of recommendation. These letters can be emailed as part of a group email from an instructor if necessary. Unofficial transcripts are accepted as it is understood that the application process can get very expensive. If accepted as an intern, official transcripts will be required. Health requirements will be in a separate mailing if you are the chosen candidate. The intern is responsible for finding his/her own housing. 

Once all applications are received, chosen candidates will be called to schedule an interview. If you have questions regarding our internship program, you can contact us at (716) 323-1520. Please find the intern requirements below. Our internship program follows the ACLP modules for the 16 week experience. Please mail your application to Oishei Children’s Hospital, 818 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203. We are looking forward to receiving your information soon.


Dena Sterns, MS, CCLS
Child Life Intern Coordinator

Checklist of items to be included with application materials:

  • Completed Common Child Life Internship Application
  • Current Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Unofficial college transcripts
  • Copy of ACLP Eligibility Assessment
  • Documentation of all volunteer hours working with both well and hospitalized children – at least 100 hours required from both categories.
  • Three written letters of recommendation  (We do NOT require the ACLP recommendation forms)

Please type out the following with your application:

  • Three areas of personal growth during your internship
  • Please give one example of how you provided support to a child under stress (in any childcare scenario-personal, volunteer, practicum)

If accepted as an intern:

  • Health clearance according to NYS requirements
  • Professional Liability Insurance (if not affiliated with a university program)
  • General Kaleida orientation/Child Life department orientation
  • Journals/Procedural Observation/Patient Assessment turned in for weekly review
  • Project to be discussed with supervisors
  • Weekly evaluative meetings between intern and supervisor
  • ACLP module requirements per supervisor discretion
  • Must own textbooks: Child Life in Hospitals, The Handbook of Child Life
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