Child Life Student Coaching

Personalized services for students from a coach who wants you to succeed.

Our team is made up of highly experienced certified child life specialists who understand what it takes to land internships and practicums.

Our approach allows you to explore more than just “the right answers”; it helps you find the best ways to showcase your skills and experiences throughout any interview process. From creating an effective resume, and honing engaging stories and narratives to perfecting mock interviews, our goal is to help you take control of any situation while maintaining a confident presence.

What Students Are Saying

“I highly recommend Your Child Life Coach!! Lauren helped me organize my resume, edit essays, and practice for interviews in a way that made me feel so much more prepared than I did on my own. Her feedback helped me to improve and become a stronger candidate as a whole. I am so grateful for her help and recommend her so highly!” – Julia Greco, CCLS

What Students Are Saying

“I would highly recommend the Child Life Coach for any sessions from internship application review to interview prep! I found that she was very insightful during the application process—especially with essays, and she prepared me for interviews by giving me a mock interview with feedback. She will help you emphasize your strengths and with standing out in the sea of apps. It was my first round applying to internships and I do not think I would have secured one without her help!” – Meg Sheehy, CCLS

What Students Are Saying

“I highly recommend You Child Life Coach. She was very easy to communicate with and talk to. She gave me invaluable advice and help with my materials. After meeting with her for an hour I felt so much more prepared for the next application rotations and I am already making changes to my materials! I am excited to see where this gets me and I know that she will be there to help me along the way!” – Kasey McGillvary

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With limited internship sites, we want you to put your best foot forward.

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Internship Application Review

We are passionate about helping every student meet their goal – landing a child life internship. Your Child Life Coach will work personally with each student to review their essays, set up a resume and cover letter, and craft a rock-solid application to an internship program. We take the stress out of applying by providing you with an hour of coaching that includes industry insight and tailored advice.

Your Child Life Coach offers students more than just an “hour” of help—we invest in your future! Your Child Life Coach is an expert on what works best in today’s competitive environment, giving you the confidence to make the most informed decisions for your future.

At the end of our session together, our qualified CCLS will provide you with clear feedback from a professional perspective. You can also count on us to remain available as a resource during the duration of your internship search process.

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Mock Interview

If you’re like most people, the thought of interviewing can be daunting. You want to make sure you nail it, but how can you be sure you’re doing everything right? Enter Mock Interviews. This service will allow you to practice your interviewing skills with a child life specialist, who will then provide feedback on your performance. We can help you customize your responses, incorporate theory, and boost your confidence so that you walk into your real interviews feeling prepared and ready to take on anything.


Our Mock Interviews are designed to help you get ready for the real thing. We’ll sit down with you and conduct a 10-question interview covering a range of topics. Once the interview is done, we’ll debrief with you and discuss your strengths and areas for improvement. We’ll also send you the question set afterward so that you can continue practicing.

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Meet our Student Coaches

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Hi, I'm AJ!

AJ has been a Certified Child Life Specialist for more than 10 years and is passionate about grief, trauma support and finding creative ways to help patients and families. AJ enjoys mentoring aspiring Child Life Specialists, offering guidance on resumes, cover letters, and interviews, drawing from their own journey to success. She is committed to supporting and walking alongside those pursuing a career in Child Life.

Luren Holley

Hi, I'm Lauren!


I have been a Certified Child Life Specialist since 2016. I began my child life career in a hospital setting and worked in a variety of units within a smaller child life program for 4.5 years. Most of my experience was in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Department. I also joined the student committee and realized how much I enjoy working with child life students. Each application season, I found myself excited to review and score applications, engage in interviews, and plan student programming materials. I started mentoring students one-on-one in 2018. Since beginning, I have added group sessions, long-term one-on-one mentorship experiences, and written a blog to provide students with more tangible information. Currently, I work with Child Life on Call on student support services and help run our online community of child life specialists.  Additionally, I work full-time at the University of Georgia as a child life specialist in a research lab. I assist the team and our participants with unsedated MRI’s. I live in Athens with my husband, daughter, and our dog, Kirby. 

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