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Music Therapy Internship

young child in music therapy

Music Therapy at Children's National

The music therapy program serves patients in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) located at the hospital’s main campus. CCBD cares for pediatric patients with hematology/oncology diagnoses and patients undergoing bone marrow transplant. Music therapists follow patients during inpatient admissions and outpatient visits to ensure continuum of care throughout treatment. Music therapy is embedded within the psychosocial team and works closely with nurses, social workers, psychologists, art therapists, child life specialists and education specialists. Music therapists also work with physical and occupational therapists and the hospital’s palliative care team.

Internship Experience

Explore Our Program

    At Children’s National Hospital, the music therapy program recognizes the value of one’s music therapy internship in shaping their clinical development and personal growth. Therefore, there is steadfast respect for the supervisory relationship and safeguarding of the intern’s experience. 

    Interns engage in one hour of formal supervision every week. They are required to do some form of reflection prior to meeting for supervision. These reflections can be written, recorded or creative and invite the intern to be active in processing their growth. Reflections are shared with the internship supervisor and explored further in supervision. 

    This exercise reinforces the collaborative nature of the supervisory relationship as interns have the opportunity to develop their skills and foster their interests while receiving guidance from the internship supervisor. 

    Additional Information

    Special Category Volunteer Status

    All non-medical students and clinical trainees are processed through the Volunteer Services department at Children’s National Hospital. Music therapy interns are considered Special Category Volunteers for administrative purposes. The process requires several health screenings, a background check and completion of orientation materials. Volunteer services will communicate these requirements to incoming interns prior to their internship start date. Any expenses incurred completing these requirements are the responsibility of the intern.

    Legal Affiliation Agreement

    Children’s National Hospital does require a legal affiliation agreement with the intern’s academic institution. The internship director and the prospective intern’s academic supervisor will communicate with the legal department at Children’s National Hospital upon accepting the internship to establish the agreement.  

    Liability Insurance

    The intern will provide proof of liability insurance before beginning internship. This can be obtained through a contractual agreement with the intern’s university or private purchase.

    COVID-19 Policy

    The intern must provide proof of vaccination prior to starting their internship. Masking is no longer required unless otherwise stated on unit. Interns are welcome to continue masking to their comfort level or for contact and droplet precautions. If you are feeling sick, please contact the Internship Director to make arrangements and quarantine if necessary. If you have any questions or concerns about the COVID-19 policies at Children’s National, please contact the Internship Director.

    Clinical Resources

    The intern will be provided with their own cart of instruments similar to those used by supervisors. They will not be expected to provide their own instruments. The intern will not have a personal desk, but always has access to a computer that is reserved for psychosocial team members. Personal devices are to be used if needed during potential offsite days.

    Additional Educational Opportunities

    The intern may be encouraged to attend AMTA National or Regional Conference during their internship, but it will not be required. The intern will be invited to attend hospital Grand Rounds as all hospital staff and trainees are welcome.

    On-Site Information

    Contact Us

    For more information or additional questions please contact Allie Borden, MMT, MT-BC, NMT, internship director.