Clinical Internships

MusicWorx — Where Music Therapy Interns Get Their Feet Very Wet

Each year, MusicWorx offers eight world-class clinical training internships in America’s most desirable city—San Diego!
Among referring universities, MusicWorx has a solid reputation for accepting only the best and brightest music therapist interns. Music therapists face stiff competition when applying for internship, and once accepted, they meet a demanding study and practice load.

About MusicWorx Internships

MusicWorx provides interns extensive opportunities to work with very diverse populations. But MusicWorx also focuses on helping interns to develop business marketing skills to maximize success potential in future careers as independent music therapists and consultants.

Treatment Specialties:

  • Academic Enrichment
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Comas
  • Dementia
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Grief/Bereavement
  • Military Populations

 

  • Unexpected Lifestyle Change
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Special Education
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries

Treatment Settings:

  • Community-Based Agencies
  • General Hospital
  • Hospice
  • Integrative Health Centers
  • Military Bases
  • Public Schools
  • Older Adult Facilities
  • Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Self-Employed Private Practice
  • Substance Abuse Facilities

Internship Requirements

The internship experience is designed to give world-class education and guidance to future music therapists, while providing excellent care to members of the community. In addition to two formal writing assignments, internship requires 1,040 hours, comprised of the following:
85

Orientation
Hours

520

Case Study, Documentation, Direct Service, Presentations, & Special Project Hours

80

Intern Symposia, Staff &
In-service Meeting Hours

60

Professional Growth &
Self-Awareness Hours

52

Formal/Informal Observation
& Supervision Hours

130

Administrative
Task Hours

65

Team Member Colaboration, Music
Practice, & Session Planning Hours

48

Illness, Holiday Observance,
& Personal Hours

Application

A thorough explanation of the internship program, the candidate process, and the outline required for applying appears in the downloadable Internship Application.

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Intern Alumni

Over 170 interns have graduated from the MusicWorx program in the last 20 years. Seventy percent of all alumnae have their MT-BC credentials, and of those, seventy-five percent work full time. Forty-two graduates even have their own businesses, and twelve run their own internship programs.
Intern Alumni Directory >

Intern Testimonials

Don’t just take our word for it — here’s what our graduates say.

. . . there is no way for us to realize how much you have contributed to our lives. Barbara, you tirelessly work for our benefit—all of us. From the depths of my being, I thank you.

Sam Brodsgaard | December 2008 Alumnus - Intern Alumni

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for being the best mentor! I just pitched a very successful explanation of music therapy use in the medical field to the inpatient oncology department, and the staff is already on board and supportive to collaborate with me! I am so excited to get my foot in the door and, hopefully, grow the program. It is an honor to be the first music therapist working on the floors of Mercy Hospital Springfield (Missouri)! I'm missing all of my MusicWorx co-interns today.

Leslie Jones, MMT, MT–BC | September 2008 Alumna - Intern Alumni

You’re so available, so knowledgeable, and you strike the right balance between being realistic about the world and making us feel like we’re ready to take it on. I don’t think I could have asked for a better, more well-rounded internship experience. I’m proud to have completed my internship at MusicWorx.

Rachelle Norman | July 2004 Alumna - Intern Alumni

I truly wouldn't be where/who I am today if it weren't for your help and guidance. The training I received during my time in San Diego has led me to various opportunities in New York and for that I will be forever grateful. Not only were you an excellent mentor/boss, you were also (and continue to be) a wonderful friend who helps everyone in need when the time arises.

Audrey Lackey - Intern Alumni

Internship Overview

MusicWorx interns enjoy uncommonly diverse experiences.