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Music Therapy Internship overview

At UK HealthCare, music therapy is part of Rehabilitation Services and is closely affiliated with the UK Arts in HealthCare program. Music therapists provide a wide range of clinical music therapy services for patients with mental and physical health care needs and actively participate in research opportunities. Some of the common reasons for music therapy referrals include:

  • Patients with complex needs.
  • Patients with difficult situations.
  • Patients with pain and/or anxiety.
  • End-of life care.
  • Patients who have long-term and/or chronic healthcare needs.
  • Patients with difficulty engaging.

The UK HealthCare Music Therapy Internship in Lexington, Ky., provides a number of opportunities for students interested in medical and mental health music therapy services. Interns will have the opportunity to :

  • Provide patient- and family-centered care in the acute and ambulatory medical settings.
  • Provide services for patients of varying ages and diagnoses.
  • Provide group services for patients with mental health needs.
  • Interact with several different music therapists.
  • Participate in projects, presentations, and specialized training (NICU).

Application Process: All applicants must submit (a) the UK internship application, (b) unofficial transcripts and (c) two letters of recommendation. (It is recommended that one letter be from a professor and one from someone who has knowledge of your therapeutic abilities.) Onsite interviews will be scheduled for those applicants selected as possible interns.

For more information or to receive an application, please contact Jessy Rushing at

Acceptance: Applicants will be given a timeline for acceptance during their interview. Accepted applicants will be notified via email and/or phone and given one week to accept or decline the internship. Written acceptance is required; email acceptance is acceptable.

Internship Start Date: The UK internship will primarily start in January and July. However, there may be times when we are able to accommodate a flexible start date. Please contact Jessy Rushing for more information.

Internship Hours: All interns will be required to complete a minimum of 900 hours. Additional hours may be required based on the amount of pre-internship training. Additional hours may also be required in cases where extra time is needed to meet competency requirements. Once the intern has completed his or her required hours, the internship will be terminated.

Time Off: Activities deemed to be music therapy related by the Clinical Training Supervisor do not count as missed time.

Schedule: Internship hours will primarily be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Occasionally, internship duties may require some evening and weekend hours. Each intern will be required to track his or her own hours.

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