Psychotherapy Services: Art Therapy & Music Therapy

Psychotherapy Services:

Art Therapy & Music Therapy

Clinical Education Opportunities for Art Therapy and Music Therapy Students

NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital has a comprehensive Art Therapy and Music Therapy Internship Program. The internship will provide the graduate student with opportunities to learn the clinical practices of art therapy and music therapy in the medical setting, as well as the ability to work within an interdisciplinary team. Through this internship experience, students will engage in enriching and thought-provoking learning opportunities, which link theory to actual, “hands-on” practices with patients and their families. Students will maintain a caseload of individual patients and group creative art therapy sessions on a weekly basis. This internship program will help clinically prepare students with skills that can be applied to any setting as a creative arts therapist.

The internship is structured to provide the framework and support necessary for students to build independence and competence in providing creative art psychotherapy assessments and interventions across a range of clinical contexts, as occurring within the medical setting. We believe that students additionally increase their skills and focus their learning through readings, clinical projects and relevant assignments. Additionally, the student’s educational experience will be supported and sustained by hospital-wide lectures and presentations, department discussions, in-services, and psychotherapy sessions with patients and their families.

Students will be supervised by a board certified and New York State licensed creative art therapist. Clinical supervision is one of the most essential factors of a successful internship experience. Supervision is an effective method for gaining self-awareness and a deeper understanding of the dynamics that are unfolding. Our approach is rooted in a relational framework, which is both directive and process-oriented. We offer weekly supervision and group supervision opportunities for our students.

Open House for Prospective Candidates: Art Therapy and Music Therapy

The Creative Arts Therapy team hosts two virtual open houses annually to discuss the Art Therapy and Music Therapy Internship programs. Prospective students will have opportunities to ask questions, learn about the patient population, see parts of the hospital, and hear about previous student experiences.

Open house dates for Fall 2021- Spring 2022 Internship:

  • Sunday, February 21, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. / register by February 19th 5pm.
  • Friday, March 12, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. / register by March 11th 5pm.

To register, email internship site supervisors:

Art Therapy Internship

Susanne Bifano

Music Therapy Internship

Gabriela Asch-Ortiz

Art Therapy Internship

Our 30-week internship program is a year-long internship during the fall and spring semesters. Students are required to commit to a total of 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday 9am-7pm. This is an unpaid internship.

Applicants must be going into their second year within an accredited Art Therapy graduate program. The Art Therapy Internship Application is available for students who meet the following requirements:

  1. Official Art Therapy Internship application for NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, with typed responses to questions
  2. Two signed and sealed letters of recommendation on the MSCH recommendation form (one must be from your first-year on-site internship supervisor)
  3. Resume highlighting relevant experience
  4. At least 10 images of your own artwork
  5. Affiliation with college or university that has signed the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital agreement for student interns (only required if Internship is offered, and must be received at least one month before internship start date).

Students who have met the deadline and who have submitted all requirements should be available for a phone and on-site interview. All Art Therapy applicants will be interviewed by zoom and selected individuals will be invited for an in-person interview.

Music Therapy Internship

The music therapy internship shall last for a minimum of 900 hours or any greater length of time needed to fulfill the clinical training requirements of 1200 hours. Exceptions will be made for advanced master level students who have a board-certification in music therapy.

The internship program is a year-long internship during the Fall and Spring semesters, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is important to note that our internship is unpaid.

Applicants must be going into their second year within an accredited Music Therapy graduate program. The Music Therapy Internship Application is available for students who meet the following requirements:

  1. Official Music Therapy Internship application for NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, with typed responses to questions
  2. Two signed and sealed letters of recommendation on the MSCH recommendation form (one must be from your first-year on-site internship supervisor)
  3. Resume highlighting relevant experience to music therapy practice
  4. Virtual interview with our music therapist
  5. Students who have met the deadline and all the requirements should be available for an in-person audition (exceptions will be made for individuals who are long distance). The audition requirements are as follows: (1) Demonstration of skill on primary instrument; (2) Demonstrate ability to sing accurately and on pitch, both a cappella and while playing on an accompanying instrument (i.e., piano, guitar, ukele, djembe, drumset, etc.); (3) Demonstration of ability to transpose a simple tune in three keys, using the I, IV, V chords on piano and/or guitar; (4) Demonstrate basic improvisation skills on an accompanying instrument.
  6. Affiliation with college or university that has signed the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital agreement for student interns (only required if Internship is offered, and must be received at least one month before internship start date).

Art Therapy and Music Therapy Application Deadline: April 1, 2021*

*ALL application materials MUST be uploaded by the application deadline in order to be considered for the Art Therapy/Music Therapy Internship. Recommendation surveys will be emailed directly to the contact provided by the applicant.

Art Therapy / Music Therapy Internship Application

Other information

Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance.