Music Therapy Internship

The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics music therapy internship accepts applications through November 1 for a September start date in the following year.

To apply for a music therapy internship position at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, please complete the application and submit materials by the Nov. 1 deadline.

The UI Music Therapy program accepts two music therapy interns each year. The internship start date is the day after Labor Day with completion in mid-March. Entry-level requirements include strong vocal skills with ability to accompany self on guitar and piano and an understanding of goal based music therapy to meet specific patient needs.

Interns are exposed to patients of all ages with varying needs while receiving close supervision designed to encourage growth in the therapeutic, documentation, organization and interpersonal skills necessary for future employment. They work closely with interdisciplinary team members.

A strong emphasis is placed on developing the student’s therapeutic use of live music.

Interns have the opportunity to develop skills in both group and individual settings with 4 different supervisors during 3 rotations:

  • Pediatric medical and child/adolescent behavioral health
  • Adult behavioral health and NICU
  • Adult supportive and palliative care 

The music therapy program at UI Hospitals & Clinics works within a bio-psychosocial philosophy of care. We address the biomedical needs of our patients by implementing music therapy interventions designed to maximize their psychosocial functioning. Across the age span, we focus on:

  • promoting healthy coping skills
  • decreasing pain and anxiety
  • elevating mood
  • supporting family members
  • facilitating the expression of feelings, particularly grief
  • promoting developmental progress
  • normalizing the hospital environment

For more details about this internship, please see the fact sheet.

Electronic submission of all documents via email is preferred. Please email
Mailings may be sent to the following address:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Attn: Kim Hawkins, MS, MT-BC, Internship Director
200 Hawkins Drive; Rehab Therapies; 0733JPP
Iowa City, IA 52242