Music Therapy Internship

Lurie Children's is the place where kids come first. Our care extends well beyond clinical treatment. We treat the whole child, practicing family-centered-care. As a music therapy intern, you are part of a team that plays an integral role in a child's healing process. You are directly supervised by board-certified music therapists through the hospital's Family Services Department. Learn more about our music therapists.

The music therapy internship is 32 hours/week, Tuesday through Friday during daytime hours. Exact internship dates are decided with the student and his/her school and are based on the hospital's orientation schedule.

Academic Requirements

To be considered for the music therapy internship, you must have the following:

  • Completed all undergraduate, equivalency or graduate-level coursework from an accredited music therapy program
  • A letter from your academic director verifying your eligibility for the internship. For more information on approved academic programs, please visit the American Music Therapy Association
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or a "B" average or better)
  • Documented music therapy practicum experience

How to Apply

The application and all required documents for internships are due as follows:

  • September internship: November 1st application deadline
  • January internship: May 1st application deadline

Your completed music therapy internship application and a non-refundable fee of $10 (made payable to "Lurie Children’s") should be submitted to the address listed on the application.

Download the Music Therapy Internship application.

After all applications and documents have been reviewed, selected candidates will be interviewed. Applicants who are not selected will receive written notification that Lurie Children’s will not be able to provide them with an internship.


Lurie Children’s and the intern's school will sign a contract defining mutual rights and responsibilities. The contract will be sent upon acceptance to the internship program. The music therapy internship director will work with the intern's school to communicate progress as required. Acceptance is contingent upon mutual agreement between the school and Lurie Children’s.


Please direct all questions or inquiries to Elizabeth Klinger, MA, MT-BC, Music Therapy Internship Director and music therapist in the intensive care units.