Volunteer Interest Guide and Application Process


ACLP relies heavily on our volunteers serving on committees, task forces, and other working groups for the subject matter knowledge and expertise needed to move important initiatives forward. Volunteering with ACLP is an opportunity to network with child life professionals across the country and around the world, build new skills, and develop your leadership ability all while giving back to the larger child life community.

Every year, ACLP puts out the Volunteer Interest Form (VIF) as the first step of the volunteer selection process. Any ACLP member can apply for up to 3 committees/task forces as well as the Membership Advisory Group and/or Social Ambassadors. The application consists of demographic information and specific questions for each group of interest to help committee leaders assess your knowledge and skills relevant to their work.

VIF Guide
Volunteer selection is a blind process (exceptions: Academic Review Committee and Internship Accreditation Oversight Committee Reviewers). Committee leaders will evaluate prospective volunteers based on the answers to the narrative questions. All identifying information is withheld until volunteer selection is complete.

The Volunteer Interest Form (VIF) can be completed online. Please review the Volunteer Interest Form Guide thoroughly before beginning the VIF. It contains detailed descriptions of each committee as well as the specific questions you need to answer to apply to that group. You must complete the VIF in one sitting; you cannot leave and return to complete your work. We highly recommend drafting your responses to committee specific questions before opening the online VIF.

Important Dates

  • February 3: VIF opens
  • February 29: VIF closes
  • April 27: Volunteers notified of their selection
  • May 6: Deadline for volunteers to accept positions

Questions for All Prospective Volunteers

  • Please list any committee or volunteer experience in your workplace, community, or regional child life group (limit 1000 characters).
  • What attributes do you have that would make you a good committee member? (limit 1500 characters)
  • What unique skills will you bring to an ACLP committee? (limit 1500 characters)

Committee Descriptions and Application Questions

  • Academic Review Committee

  • Awards Committee

  • Benchmarking Subcommittee

  • Bulletin Committee

  • Child Life Certification Commission (CLCC) Item Writers

  • Conference Planning and Abstract Reviewers

  • EBP/QI Subcommittee

  • Education and Training Committee

  • Internship Accreditation Oversight Committee (IAOC)

  • Mentorship Subcommittee

  • Patient Experience Committee

  • Practicum Task Force

  • Professional Resources Subcommittee

  • Proposals Subcommittee

  • Volunteer Recognition and Engagement Committee

  • Web and Online Networking Commitee

  • Other ACLP Working Groups and Descriptions

Access the Online VIF Application

Review the Volunteer Interest Guide carefully before beginning the online VIF application. Once you begin the application, you must complete the process in one sitting. You will not be able to save your progress and finish later. 

Apply Now

Questions? Email membership@childlife.org or call 571-483-4500.