Practicing For Your Practicum

While the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) doesn’t currently require a practicum, completing one makes you a competitive candidate when applying for an internship. Some people even complete two practicums to make themselves that much more competitive of an applicant. For those of you that have already secured your practicum and are eager to…

The Calm in the Chaos

I distinctly remember the summer that I applied for spring internships. It was one of the most difficult summers of my life because I felt so inadequate. I felt the weight of all of the applications (27 of them) all piling up around me. I was living, eating, and breathing child life and I felt like I was suffocating.

Recipe to Becoming a Certified Child Life Specialist

After receiving multiple direct messages on my Instagram page from a variety of students in different walks of life, I realized everyone was asking for the same thing – DIRECTION. This one is for you! Where To Begin: Volunteering First and foremost, get into a volunteer position under a Certified Child Life Specialist at a local…

Hot and Ready Interview Tips

Raise your hand if you’re someone who likes to be as prepared as possible prior to an interview. You have your flash cards, printed off documents, resources about the hospitals you’ve applied to, and a piece of paper that says something like “smile and be yourself,” because you NEED to crush this. I got you….

Tick-Tock, Let’s Make It Rock

Video submissions seem to be more common for a lot of larger hospitals as the first step in decreasing the amount of applicants they’ll need to sift through on paper. Here a few tips for how to make your submission stand out amongst the other applicants!

What Makes a Good Applicant?

When I think of an ideal candidate, I think of consistency. I want consistency in your work, volunteer efforts, and experiences. I want to know that you’ve made a difference in concrete places where people can vouch for you because they truly know you. I also want consistency in your application.

Puzzled on Offer Day

It was a hot July morning the day we were to leave our AirBnb and fly back home after a beautiful honeymoon spent in a tiny town in California. My husband, Sam, and I both love adventure, but are homebodies and introverts at heart. We went to the nearest drug store and bought the biggest…

An Open Letter To My Fellow Students

*This blog post is written by a mentee of mine, Allison Zylka. I love watching my mentees all the way through the process of their journey, whether that be the application process or interviewing for a spot for either practicum or internship. The whole process can be very stressful and I absolutely love cheering my…

Perfecting Your Portfolio

Should you or should you not bring a portfolio to an in-person interview? I think a lot of students toy with this question during interviews. It’s all up to you and how you feel, however I did and I think it was a big selling point for why I got offered the internship and the…

I Volunteer As Tribute

Perhaps you’re just getting started in the field and notice that there’s a lot of steps to this career. Feeling overwhelmed is totally normal. So where do you start? Perhaps you’re finishing up your practicum and feel like your resume still isn’t up to par with your peers. Maybe this is your third time applying…

Interview Schmidt-erview

It’s interview time for a lot of hospitals! This week and the next coming weeks will be full of interviews so make sure you are prepared! Here are a few tips that I have to share, with the help of Schmidt from New Girl, because who doesn’t love New Girl? If you haven’t watched this…

Pick Me, Choose Me, Love Me

Do you ever feel like everyone else is getting the practicum, the internship or the job and you can’t seem to figure out why you’re struggling to land one yourself? You’ve had multiple people look over your applications and you don’t seem to have a problem getting interviews. A lot of hospitals don’t have the…