Date of Graduation

Fall 2019

Degree

Master of Science in Early Childhood and Family Development

Department

Early Childhood and Family Development

Committee Chair

Denise Cunningham

Keywords

child life, internship application, stressors, Lazarus, Folkman, stress, coping, clinical internship, eligibility assessment, common application

Subject Categories

Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research

Abstract

This research study was an exploration of the Association of Child Life Professionals application process for the child life clinical internship. The purpose of this studywas to understand better which aspects of the child life internship application process applicants have identified as stressors and to gather suggestions for improving the application process. Qualitative data were collected using an online survey through Qualtrics. The data indicated that the aspects of the child life clinical internship application process that caused moderate to high levels of stress were the writing and editing of documents, obtaining required documents, the finances, interview process, and the four-day offer period. Unnecessary stressors that can be reduced are the finances, obtaining large amounts of required documents, and the four-day offer period. To improve the experience of applicants and to reduce the stress experienced, suggestions were offered by participants that the Association of Child Life Professionals can further research, such as an online portal for the application or a matching system.

Copyright

© Haley Reeves

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