Internship Information


Internship Application Dates

ACLP recommends common internship application deadlines in order make the process as equitable as possible for prospective interns. There are several important dates each internship cycle.

Internship Session Application Deadlines Initial Offer Dates Initial Acceptance Dates 2nd Offer Date
Fall March 15 1st Tuesday of May Wednesday Thursday
Winter/Spring September 7 2nd Tuesday of Oct. Wednesday Thursday
Summer January 5 2nd Tuesday of Feb. Wednesday Thursday


Summer Internship 2023

  • Transcripts & Documents must arrive at ACLP office: December 23, 2022
  • Application Deadline: January 5, 2023
  • Initial Offer Date: February 14, 2023
  • Acceptance Date: February 15, 2023
  • 2nd Offer Date: February 16, 2023

Fall Internship 2023

  • Transcripts & Documents must arrive at ACLP office: March 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2023
  • Initial Offer Date: May 2, 2023
  • Acceptance Date: May 3, 2023
  • 2nd Offer Date: May 4, 2023

Winter / Spring Internship 2024

  • Transcripts & Documents must arrive at ACLP office: August 21, 2023
  • Application Deadline: September 7, 2023
  • Initial Offer Date: October 10, 2023
  • Acceptance Date: October 11, 2023
  • 2nd Offer Date: October 12, 2023

Summer Internship 2024

  • Transcripts & Documents must arrive at ACLP office: December 23, 2023
  • Application Deadline: January 5, 2024
  • Initial Offer Date: February 13, 2024
  • Acceptance Date: February 14, 2024
  • 2nd Offer Date: February 15, 2024

Guidelines for Offer & Acceptance Days

Offers on the Initial Offer Date will be made between the business hours of 1:00 om and 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Offers will not be made to applicants prior to the Initial Offer Date. 

Offer Times by Time Zone

Atlantic Time (2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.)
Eastern Time (1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.)
Central Time (12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.)
Mountain Time (11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., except Arizona)
Arizona Time (11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. or 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., depending on time of year)*
Pacific Time (10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.)
Alaska Time (9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.)
Hawaii-Aleutian Time (8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. or 7:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m., depending on time of year)**

*AZ is in the Mountain Time zone and does not observe daylight savings time (except in the Navajo Indian Nation).

Offering Beyond 2nd Offer Date

What do you do if you don’t find all the intern spots you were looking for after the ACLP recommended internship offer and acceptance dates?

Answer: Make another offer!

All internship sites, including Accredited Child Life Internship sites are welcome to make offers after the 2nd offer date as long as they have initially followed the application, offer, and acceptance deadlines set by the ACLP.  This gives programs an opportunity to fill spots that would otherwise go vacant for a semester and provides more students with much sought after placements.  Offers after the 2nd offer date may only be extended to candidates from the original pool and not from a new search.


Internship Application Deadline - Definitions

Application Due Date
ACLP recommends that all application materials must be postmarked by the application due date.

Please note: Some programs may want to receive applications by the due date. It is the internship candidate's responsibility to verify the postmark vs materials deadline with individual programs.

Initial Offer Date

The Initial Offer Date is the day on which all top-choice internship applicants will be notified that they have been selected. Following the interview process, all clinical internship coordinators will make offers to their chosen candidates on this same Initial Offer Date. 

On the Initial Offer Date, coordinators will make offers between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, so that applicants in other time zones will have the same time-frame during which to receive offers.

If an applicant accepts an offer immediately on the offer date, it is acceptable for the coordinator to accept this immediate answer; however, ACLP advises that coordinators set a time to confirm this acceptance the next day (the Acceptance Date).

ACLP recommends that applicants not being offered a position should be given notice by the program within one week after the Initial Offer Date (e.g. by phone, letter, or email).

Acceptance Date
The very next day following the Initial Offer Date is the Acceptance Date. On this day, all internship applicants who have received an initial offer will either accept or decline the offer(s). Applicants are strongly encouraged to immediately decline any additional offers and are discouraged from altering their acceptance in light of new offers.

2nd Offer Date
The very next day following the Acceptance Date is the 2nd Offer Date. At this time, internship coordinators can make additional offers as needed to fill their programs. Coordinators will make offers between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, so that applicants in other time zones will have the same time-frame during which to receive offers.

Applicants may continue to receive offers after they have accepted an internship. Applicants are strongly encouraged to immediately decline any additional offers and are discouraged from altering their acceptance in light of new offers.

End of the Offer/Acceptance Process


ACLP suggests that the selection process be completed within one week of the Initial Offer Date, but recognizes that this process may last beyond the week for some programs that need to fill multiple positions.


Diversity Scholarships

ACLP has funding for a limited number of scholarships to help support students of diverse backgrounds and experiences during their internships. The purpose of ACLP's Diversity Scholarships is to support students from diverse backgrounds who may otherwise struggle to complete an internship as well as students who are uniquely qualified to work with diverse populations. 

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Questions:

If you have questions about this process as an Accredited Internship Site, please contact InternshipAccreditation@childlife.org.

All other questions can be directed to joswald@childlife.org.


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