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Alumni Interview: Amy Andrews, Intern #79

Intern # 79, Amy Andrews

Interviewed by Brianna Larsen

Amy completed her music therapy degree at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina and has since earned a reputation for being a warm-hearted and compassionate traveler who loves to share the joy of music with others worldwide. Amy has additional certification in Neurologic Music Therapy through Colorado State University and is currently completing her graduate degree in Expressive Arts Therapy. 

Questions:

 1.    What is your current job?
I am currently a contractor of music therapy services in San Diego working for Coast Music Therapy in the public schools with children with disabilities, Sharp Memorial at patients’ bedside and Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital working with older adults with mental illness. I am also a student of expressive arts therapy at the European Graduate School.
2.    Would you say MusicWorx helped you get to where you are today?

Definitely! The large variety of populations we serviced during the internship gave me confidence to begin working professionally in nearly any area of our field.  Also my interning with Coast while at MusicWorx made for an easy transition to my current work in the company for which I am very grateful.

3.    What drew you to the MusicWorx internship?

My primary attraction to MusicWorx was the opportunity to work with a wide variety of populations.

4.    What was your favorite moment of your internship experience?

What I enjoyed most was my relationship to my two co-interns as I was an intern when three interns were accepted at once.  Our group was very close and we continue to have strong friendships to this day.

5.    Are there any aspects of what you learned at MW internship that best prepared you for your career today? 

I learned many things at MusicWorx that contribute to my professional life currently– business education, leadership skills, large group process, flexibility, and trust in my value to name a few.

 6.    What was one of your biggest challenges during your internship?
Well, the lack of time really affected my health and well-being mid-internship which persisted until the end.  My biggest challenge was to nourish my personal needs while continuing to grow professionally through the internship.

7. What was your biggest “aha” moment for your professional and/or personal growth?

Just before I started the internship I discovered that I only need to be and do not need to be noticed as being better-than, successful, or great.  Believing in the importance of knowing and loving myself joyfully has led me to a better quality of life.  When I move from a centered place, the work I do has greater meaning to me and potentially for my clients as well.

8. What would be your one piece of advice to future MusicWorx interns?

Make self-care a priority, scheduling time for yourself. If possible, try not to add anything to your responsibilities other than internship and self-care.

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