Creative Arts Therapy Internship for Second Year Graduate Music Therapy Students:

Music Therapy Interns:

  • May work with patients ranging from newborn through 22 years of age, as well as patients’ siblings and families.
  • Will work with both long-term and short-term patients who have a variety of medical conditions, providing individual and group music therapy session
  • Are required to document clinical treatment in electronic patient medical records and write at least one process note per week. 
  • Have five assignments over the course of the Fall and Spring including:
    • A diagnostic study, which gives the intern an opportunity to explore and understand a pediatric illness and it’s implications for music therapy work.
    • A cultural study, which gives the intern an opportunity for interns to explore and understand a specific culture and it’s implications for music therapy work.
    • Two case studies (one per semester), which give the intern an opportunity to integrate theory and practice as it relates to a patient/family they are referred to.
    • An internship project in which the intern creates something which will contribute to the hospital via environmental enhancement, developmental activities, medical education/support, or parent/sibling needs.

Supervision and Seminars:
Interns will be supervised by a board certified and New York State Licensed music therapist.  Interns receive one hour of individual clinical supervision with their supervisor, and will be observed throughout the course of their internship.  Opportunities for interns to observe their supervisor are also afforded.  Interns also engage in weekly interdisciplinary educational training seminars and team meetings throughout the internship.

Clinical Placement:
Interns will begin their experience with a mandatory training/orientation period.  Once this training is completed, interns will begin assuming clinical responsibilities, initially under the direct supervision of their clinical supervisor, with the expectation that they will demonstrate at least basic competencies during their first semester and be able to assume a case load of their own.  Placement areas for interns include but are not limited to: Four different medical/surgical inpatient units, including the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU); The Zone; The DAS (day surgery patient area); outpatient clinic environments.

Once accepted to the music therapy internship program, scheduling will be arranged jointly by the intern and their supervisor.  We require a minimum of 20 hours per week.  Internship days fall between Monday and Friday and may be between the hours of 9am-8pm.  Interns will be at the placement for no more than 8 hours per day.  Interns are not expected to work on hospital holidays.  Anticipated time off must be approved before the start of your internship.  Any additional requests for time off should be submitted in writing to your supervisor at least 2 weeks prior to the request time.  All time beyond 2 sick days must be made up in order to complete internship.


  • Music therapy internship application may be found here.
  • Internship applicants must complete 75 volunteer hours in a pediatric setting (preferably in a Child Life program) prior to beginning the internship, or plan to complete these hours by 9/1/13.  A letter of verification showing that applicant has completed at least 75 hours in a pediatric setting must be provided on official letterhead by the institution at which these hours were completed.  These hours do not count towards the required number of internship hours.
  • Internship applicants must be going into their second year of graduate work within an accredited music therapy graduate program.
  • Two letters of recommendation (from a professor, former supervisor, etc.) are required.
  • Internship applicants must submit a CV highlighting notable/relevant experience.
  • Music therapy internship is unpaid.

Send applications to:

ATTN: Todd O’Connor
The Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department
Box 1153
The Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029

Questions can be emailed to: todd.o’