Play With Child Life is on Etsy!

I have been wanting to start an Etsy page for a little over a year now. I have always loved DIY crafts, and I have all these ideas in my head! Since I am not working or going to school this summer I decided it was the perfect time to play with my ideas for Etsy!

I have finally made my Etsy page live! It will of course continue to grow over time, but I have some fun decals that will adhere to water bottles, phone or laptop cases, windows, etc. I also am working on T shirts, and Tote bags, and should have those up in the next few days!

Please go explore my page. If you want something custom I am more than happy to help you out with that. Just let me know!

My Etsy Page!

 

Practicums and Internships

Finding the right practicums and internships is not easy! It is a lot of research on your own! So, while getting myself prepared to apply to everything, I have created two spreadsheets to help me get organized. Feel free to take them and use them however you need to! If there is anything you see needs to be updated please let me know in the comments and I will do so!

Please also remember to do your research. Hospitals sometimes put their student opportunities on hold. Always double check the website or give them a call to confirm information.

Some key pieces of information you should be asking for:

  • Is there a GPA requirement?
  • Do they need unofficial or official transcripts
  • Do I need to be affiliated with a university while completing the internship/practicum?
  • When is the due date for the application?
  • Is there a fee upon submission of the application or acceptance of the internship/practicum?
  • When do they offer the internship/practicum? (Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall)
  • Do my letters of recommendation need to be in a signed and sealed envelope?

I am navigating this confusing path as well! Please let me know if you have found or done something to be helpful on your Child Life Journey!

Child Life Internships 

Child Life Practicums

*Update: You should also check out Child Life United as you may be able to land a practicum or internship oversease!  www.childlifeunited.org

 

A little background on me

My journey began about 5 years ago in 2012 when a friend of mine was in school to become a Nurse Practitioner. She had to complete rounds in Child Life and mentioned it to me as something she believed I would be interested in. At first, I brushed it off…working with sick kids? That seemed terrifying and sad. At this point I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, I know I wanted to work with kids, and I knew I wanted to be in a medical setting, but I did not want to be a doctor or NP. I played with the idea of entering the field of psychology, social work, teaching, opening my own in home daycare…so many thought of what I could do!

I eventually came back to the idea of Child Life and decided to start volunteering with my local children hospital. I began volunteering there in Feb 2013 trying out the different departments. I began with Art Cart in the Cancer Center where I worked with a child life specialist and set up art activities for the kids and their families in the waiting room. After that, I decided I wanted to try something else and was placed in the waiting room in the outpatient surgery unit. I was really only there for about a month. I had the hardest time navigating that unit. Lastly, I came across the Preschool Playroom, and that is where I would stay for the next few years.

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I loved working in the playroom. It was a playroom specifically for ages 0-3. At first I was volunteering directly with a Certified Child Life Specialist, and I loved her! After talking to her and picking her brain about what a Child Life Specialist does, I realized pursuing a career as a Child Life Specialist was exactly what I wanted to do and I was exactly where I needed to be in order to do that.

The hospital ended up changing things around, and instead of CCLS’s running the playrooms they hired Playroom Coordinators. This was a bummer for me because I really wanted to work alongside a CCLS. I think I went through a total of 3 or 4 playroom coordinators before one of them stuck. I ended up taking a break from volunteering because school became a bit hectic. I went back to volunteering about 6 months later and the woman who was my co volunteer 6 months prior ended up being hired as a Playroom Coordinator. I thought this was awesome! I was so excited because I thought to myself, “This could be my next step! I can get a job as a playroom coordinator”. However, that wasn’t in the cards for me.

After I applied for a position, no one was giving me a call back regarding my application and I became frustrated. Eventually my supervisor put in a good word for me and I got an interview. The interview didn’t go great, it was very awkward and really felt like they were doing it to check me off their list. I decided to move on from the idea of getting a job at this hospital. I hoped they would have more invested in me, having been a loyal volunteer for 4 years. I wasn’t getting the help or guidance in the Child Life field, so I decided to move on, which turns out was for the best!

I have been working for a sports medicine office for about 5 1/2 years as an assistant and I decided it was time to move on from there too – needless to say 2017 has been filled with a ton of changes.

I found an awesome job working with a small company as a behavior specialist. It is new, it is hard, and I wouldn’t call it my dream job, but it is a step in the right direction and I am learning so much! I am very excited to begin this new journey.