Close-up image of musical instruments.Our music therapy program, just one part of the Creative Arts Therapies department, serves patients from newborns to young adults, with exceptions going into adulthood due to the very specialized care offered at Cincinnati Children’s.

Internship Structure and Experience

The music therapy internship is 6 months long is offered once per year. This internship is available to students who have completed coursework at an AMTA approved music therapy program and are deemed eligible to begin internship by their academic director.

Cincinnati Children's offers two different music therapy internship tracks: a medical track and a mental health track. Applicants must select their preferred track when they apply.

At the current time, we offer:

  • One internship to an applicant on the medical track
  • One internship to an applicant on the mental health track

After applications have been received, the top applicants for each track will be contacted by the internship director to set up a Skype interview. Applicants will only be considered for the internship track they select on their application.

The intern should expect to accumulate professional clinical experience through a diverse spectrum of multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural patient and family- centered care. Interns will have support in further developing their clinical musicianship, with an emphasis on music technology. They will have opportunities to explore areas of interest through special projects.

Medical Track

Interns on the medical track will work at our Burnet Avenue campus, where the music therapy team concentrates on the following inpatient units: Rehabilitation, Transitional Care, Bone Marrow Transplant, Hematology / Oncology, Cardiology, Cystic Fibrosis, Neurology, Neonatal Intensive Care, Cardiac Intensive Care, and Pediatric Intensive Care. Interns will have opportunities for group facilitation. They will also have opportunities to observe music therapists in Cincinnati Children's mental health program and in-home hospice / palliative care.

Mental Health Track

Interns on the mental health track will work at our College Hill campus, where the music therapy team serves all inpatient (short term) and residential (long term) mental health units. While group work is a core component of this track, interns will also maintain a caseload of individual patients. They will also have opportunities to observe music therapists on Cincinnati Children's medical units and in-home hospice / palliative care.

Upon acceptance to the internship, a legal affiliation agreement between the student’s university and Cincinnati Children’s is required. This will be handled by personnel at the hospital and the legal department of the university. Interns will not be allowed to start their internship until this agreement is complete. Students will also be required to complete a TB test CPR training and be fingerprinted when they receive their badges. The intern will be responsible for the cost of the TB test, CPR training and fingerprinting.

Description of Professional Staff

The student will be working with a broad spectrum of medical professionals throughout the internship. They will interact with our seven music therapists, as well as Child Life staff, Social Workers, Chaplains, Doctors, Surgeons, Nurses, PCA’s and PCF’s, Administrative Consultants, Therapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and all other medical center staff the student may come into contact with throughout their time in the medical center.

Intern Housing, Meals and Transportation

Housing is not currently offered by this facility, but there are a variety of short-term lease options available in the area. Cincinnati Children's does not currently offer a stipend or meals for interns. For transportation needs, Cincinnati has an extensive bus system that provides services throughout greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Liability Insurance 

If the intern is affiliated with an academic institution, liability insurance is usually covered by the educational institution. If not, liability insurance must be purchased by the intern. In this instance, the intern will be guided to possible liability insurers for interns.

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