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Blank Children's Hospital

The Music Therapy Internship at Blank Children's Hospital

Depending on the needs of the intern, Blank’s Music Therapy Internship Program can provide either a part-time internship (roughly eight to nine months) beginning in the Fall or a full-time internship (roughly six months) beginning in the Fall or the Spring.  There can be some flexibility in internship start-time and end-time if a schedule is proposed by the intern and approved by the internship director/supervisor in advance.  Blank’s internship director/supervisor is on staff at Blank part-time, so the full-time schedule would not exceed four days per week.  The part-time schedule would be three days per week.  Because Blank’s internship director/supervisor is a part-time staff member, on the days the internship director/supervisor is not on-site the on-site contact for the intern will be the manager of Child Life and Family Centered Services.

Application Process

Application deadline is March 1 if the applicant intends to begin internship study in the Fall.  Application deadline is September 1 for applicants intending to begin internship study in the Spring.  This allows the hospital time to initiate a legal contract with the university if it is not yet established.

An interview and audition will be required.  All applicants will be notified of the decision regarding their application via email.  Blank will reach out to the most qualified applicants to move forward with scheduling an interview and audition.  These applicants should plan to interview and audition on-site at Blank Children’s Hospital.  The interview will take approximately one to two hours.  The applicant should be prepared to sing three contrasting pieces while accompanying themselves on piano for one piece, guitar for another piece and an instrument of the interviewee’s choice for the third piece.  The applicant is encouraged to use this opportunity to showcase their ability to play songs of various styles or genres.  The applicant should be prepared to take part in additional instrument play and/or musical improvisation.  Skype interviews and auditions can be arranged for applicants who are unable to appear in person.

Internship Experience

The intern will be a member of a pediatric interdisciplinary team consisting of creative art therapists, certified child life specialists, child life practicum students, child life interns, physicians (medical students, residents, fellows, and attending physicians), nurses, social workers, chaplains, and physical, occupational, and speech therapists. 

Internship hours will be from 9:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday through Friday.  Occasionally, the intern will be asked to work different hours (nights, weekend, etc.) as the supervisor may be working different hours.  It is the responsibility of the intern to keep a log of internship hours.  There can be flexibility in days and hours if a schedule is proposed by the intern and approved by the internship director/supervisor in advance.  Internship start date will be negotiated with each intern.

The intern may be expected to perform the following duties throughout their internship:

  • Provide individual and group music therapy
  • Provide music therapy as a means of procedural accompaniment
  • Provide environmental music therapy (waiting areas, pre-operative areas, post-operative areas, etc.)
  • Provide music therapy for bereavement and legacy building, including with the patient, family and siblings
  • Collaborate with other staff in projects/sessions (OT/PT, art therapy, child life, etc.)
  • Provide in-services on specific music therapy techniques
  • Attend various meetings with Child Life Department members including hematology/oncology psychosocial rounds, creative arts therapy huddle, and SHINE updates (at times, these meetings will provide in-services from various staff members)
  • Provide music therapy during support groups (patient support, caregiver support, sibling support, etc.)
  • Provide musical experiences in hospital-wide events (special events, music in the chapel, team building experiences, etc.)
  • Write electronic progress notes in patient’s medical chart
  • Present a case-study in a Child Life Department staff meeting
  • Participate in weekly supervision

Internship Requirements

The applicant must be affiliated with a music therapy educational program (undergraduate or graduate) in order to be placed for an internship at Blank.  The intern must have prior experience working with children.

If the intern’s educational program does not cover the intern’s liability insurance, the intern must be prepared to provide their own.  In this case, proof of coverage must be provided by the intern. 

If the intern’s educational program does not cover the intern’s background check, the Blank Child Life Department will cover the cost.  The background check must be completed before the internship begins.

To ensure the health and safety of our healthcare workers and the patients we serve, compliance with the requirements below is required for interning as a music therapist at Blank Children’s Hospital. The records must be obtained by the intern and provided to Employee Health and Safety prior to your internship start date.

Documentation may include: physician records, military records, employer records, school records, IRIS immunization record, hospital record, and immigration documentation. Baby book records are not acceptable. Hand written records need to be on official letterhead with an official signature.



Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): Two valid doses of MMR vaccine or laboratory results indicating evidence of immunity to Measles, Mumps and Rubella.  Students must provide documentation.
Tuberculosis (TB): Tuberculosis Blood Test (T Spot or Quantiferon Gold.
The TB blood test must be within the current school year or if volunteering within the past 12 weeks.

If your past blood test was positive, provide documentation of the positive test. Provide a copy of your most recent chest x-ray, documentation of physician follow-up, and documentation of any treatment provided or recommended.

The DHS TB Questionnaire shall be completed there has been a prior positive TB skin test or blood test. Employee Health will provide the questionnaire. 
Students must provide documentation. 
Influenza Vaccination  Students must provide documentation prior to internship. 
Chickenpox (Varicella): Two valid doses of Varicella vaccine or laboratory results indicating evidence of immunity to Varicella.  Students must provide documentation.

Employee Health and Safety Contact:

Val Crozier
UnityPoint Health- Des Moines
Employee Health and Safety
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: 515-241-6425
Fax: 515-241-8710

Music Therapy Staff:

Kelli Rae Powell, MA, MT-BC, LCAT
Internship Director/Supervisor and Music Therapist 
Blank Children’s Hospital
1200 Pleasant Street | Des Moines, IA 50309

Julie A. Pedigo, BS, CCLS
Manager, Child Life & Family Centered Services
Blank Children’s Hospital
1200 Pleasant Street | Des Moines, IA 50309

Additional Information

There are no stipends offered or housing opportunities available for this internship. There are no transportation requirements for this position.