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Top 10 Ways You Know You're a MusicWorx Intern

By Marielle Sheppel

Let’s face it – any internship can be challenging. We’re switching from about 45 semester hours of practicum work to cramming in 1,040 hours of uninterrupted training in “one semester”…aka a 6-month internship. Just as every group of people or every university has its own personality, so does each internship. They each have their own distinctive quirks that make for a unique experience. That is especially true for MusicWorx interns!

And so, ladies and gents, I present to you:

The Top 10 Ways You Know You’re a MusicWorx Intern

10.You are constantly aware of your personality type.

Sanguine, Phlegmatic, Melancholy – do these words mean anything to you? When you’re around 3 other interns who all took the same personality test the first day of internship, it’s easy to see each of your personality types come into play in a variety of settings.

9.    The inability to turn off “intervention brain.”

I’m not saying being a music therapist ruins listening to the radio, but let’s put it this way: you’ll never again be able to just jam to “Girl on Fire” without thinking “this would lead to some great lyric analysis processing.” As an intern that is constantly jumping from population to population- we’re constantly on the lookout for good session ideas.

8.    All I want for Christmas is….gas money.

With sessions happening all over the greater San Diego area, I realized the $75/month I budgeted for gas just wasn’t going to cut it within about one week of starting internship.

7.    You send beach pics to jealous friends – the one time a month you actually make it out there.

But isn’t it beautiful?

6.    You compose spontaneous songs about burning your tongue on soup.

That’s right, Katie. I’m talking about you. 😉

5.    You still have weekly written assignments, even though you’re not in school.

Patient highlights, supervision highlights, you’re the boss, case study.

4.    You take your work home with you.

Done with sessions? Time to plan for the next day!

3.    You live by the motto work hard, play hard.

When you’re constantly go go go, sometimes you need to schedule in some fun time – but you can make up for lost time!

2.    You develop the ability to jump into any music therapy situation.

Got a Parkinson’s group at the hospital in an hour? No worries.

1.    You feel (a little) more equipped to be a business owner.

Working in a contractual business framework and learning so much about your strengths, weaknesses, and what you want out of professional life makes it much easier to see yourself in a similar position some day in the not-so-distant future.

And, a bonus feature:

You’ll have some of the best memories shared with 3 (or 4) other co-interns who know exactly what you’re going through.

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