Hey, Hey! Piaget!

Piaget’s Cognitive Development stages are such an important theory to know prior to going into interviews for internship. Study up on these and be able to recite them like you do your ABC’s! Thank me later!

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.

Get Organized For The Sake of Your References

If you want to be successful and keep your sanity (as well as the people you’re asking to be your references/recommendation letter writers) please do yourself a favor and put the bug in their ear EARLY.
For instance, if you’re applying for the September 5th application deadline, you should have already asked your people if they’d be a reference or write a letter of recommendation for you. If you haven’t – you need to ask them ASAP. With all that goes into it, it’s polite to give them at least a 2-3 month notice.

Get Organized & Get an Offer

Whether this is your first time applying for internships or your third, there are definitely mutual feelings of doubt and defeat that float around during this stressful time.  When you think about all of the heavy lifting that happens behind the scenes, it can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips of mine to make…

My Journey and Yours

Finding out about child life at a college that knew absolutely nothing about child life was extremely challenging. I had no advisors that could lead me – I was completely on my own. If there’s one thing that I’m good at, it’s figuring it out on my own. I was an unaffiliated student, and everyone…

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…

Everything Is Awesome on Pediatrics/PICU

I’ve worked on the Pediatric/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for almost four years now. Here are a few of my tips for making the most of your interactions with staff, patients and families. Constant Rounding Nothing says “I’m child life and I’m here to party” quite like constantly making yourself seen and known. We have a…