The Child Life Program


A hospital stay is an intimidating experience, especially for children and their families. Child Life Services comprises a team of trained pediatric professionals that serve as advocates for children and their families.

Child Life Internship and Practicum


The Child life internship at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital offers a well-rounded program for interns to gain crucial skills needed to become a successful child life professional. The child life program at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital wants to make the most of each intern’s unique strengths and abilities, while helping them to continue to grow and develop their clinical skills.

Please contact April Slowenski for more information about the Child Life internship and practicum programs. Completed internship and practicum applications can be mailed to:

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Child Life Department
Attn: April Slowenski, CCLS
1945 Route 33
Neptune, NJ 07753

Internship Program


  • Follows the Child Life Council Application Deadlines
  • Accepts the Child Life Common Application
  • Requires a completed application checklist, please contact April Slowenski for more details. (Incomplete applications will not be considered)
  • Is a minimum of 600 hours over a 16 week period
  • Is typically offered every Spring and Fall
  • Accepts both university affiliated and unaffiliated interns
  • Accepts 1-2 Interns per semester

 

Practicum Program


  • Is a minimum of 200 hours over a period of 11 weeks
  • Is designed to prepare child life students for an internship experience
  • Is typically offered in the Summer, but may be offered at other times of the year
  • Contact April Slowenski via email for application information and requirements

Meet Our Certified Child Life Specialists


Sara Patterson, BA, CCLS, CPMT

Certified Child Life Specialist Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Pediatric Palliative Care Team

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April Slowenski, BS, MEd, CCLS, CPMT

Certified Child Life Specialist Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Internship, Practicum and Volunteer Coordinator

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Samantha Nocito, BA, CCLS, CPMT

Certified Child Life Specialist Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Pediatric Palliative Care Team

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Kellie Maas, BS, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist Certified Infant Massage Educator

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