Allina Hospice
1055 Westgate Drive, Suite 100
Saint Paul, MN 55114
United States
Phone: (612) 262-7694
Web Site:
Member Type: National Roster Internship Site
Facility Characteristics: Allina Hospice is a part of Allina Health, a not-for-profit health organization in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Overall, Allina Health employs 25,000 employees in a variety of medical settings including 11 hospitals and 46 clinics. Allina Hospice is the largest provider of hospice care in the state of Minnesota. Allina Hospice serves anyone, of any age, who qualifies for hospice care. Hospice care is for anyone with a life-limiting illness and whose prognosis may be six months or less. Care is provided wherever patients are residing: in homes, assisted living centers, skilled nursing facilities, group homes or residential hospice facilities. Bereavement Services are also provided to surviving loved ones up to thirteen months following a death. The core of hospice care is the interdisciplinary team. This includes the medical director, nurses, social workers, chaplains, health aides, music and massage therapists, a pharmacist, volunteer coordinators, and a grief counselor.
Training Information: Eligible Allina Hospice interns must exhibit: a) Exemplary maturity and professionalism. b) Functional and diverse musical skills with pleasant aesthetic quality. c) Strong communication skills. d) Skill in active listening and verbal processing. e) Openness to working with clients who may be dealing with emotional, physical and spiritual crises. Allina Hospice interns will: a) Experience comprehensive orientation to the most current issues in hospice care. b) Become an active member of the interdisciplinary team. c) Master effective documentation within the electronic medical record. d) Understand regulation, funding, marketing and education challenges in hospice care. e) Plan and implement sessions independently by the end of the internship. g) Have opportunities for collaborative learning experiences associated with the nationally renowned Penny George Institute for Health & Healing, expanding holistic care practice to include non-musical modalities. h) Explore healthy self-care to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout.
Start month: January, April, July, October
Housing: Not provided
Meals: Not Provided
Age Ranges: Young Adults,Adults,Mature Adults,Seniors
Populations: Terminally Ill
Settings: Hospice/Bereavement Services
Contact name: Anna Lee Roberts, MT-BC

Augustana Care Health & Rehabilitation of Apple Valley
14650 Garrett Avenue
Apple Valley, MN 55124
United States
Phone: (952) 236-2611
Web Site:
Member Type: National Roster Internship Site
Facility Characteristics: Augustana Care is a non-profit organization with a mission to serve God by fostering fullness of life for older adults and others in need through the provision of healthcare, housing and other services in a Christian tradition. Augustana care strives to assist our residents to live the lives that most inspire them. Augustana Care Health and Rehabilitation of Apple Valley is located approximately 18 miles south-west of the Twin Cities. The center is part of a continuum care campus along with the Apple Valley Villa Assisted Living and Open Circle Adult-Day Services. The Health and Rehabilitation Center provides for the health care needs of older adults, including short term rehabilitation, long-term nursing care, and end of life care and is composed of 178 beds on three floors. Populations served may include physical disabilities, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias, depression, anxiety, stroke, chronic pain, and terminal illness.
Training Information: Music therapy interns are considered part of the Therapeutic Recreation Department. Interns will gain experience in planning and facilitating music therapy interventions for large groups and small groups as well as 1:1 sessions, and will also assist in some non-music therapy recreation activities. Interns will have an opportunity to observe and assist the program coordinator for the Open Circle Adult-Day Program. Throughout the internship, experience in MT documentation will be developed as well as an introduction to the MDS (Minimum Data Set) assessment process utilized in long-term care. Weekly skill labs will be held to focus on developing a variety of musical and clinical skills catered to the needs of the intern. Prospective interns should be comfortable with singing and proficient on at least one accompaniment instrument, have strong interest in working with elders, and demonstrate maturity for working with individuals with behaviors and mental/emotional challenges typical of dementia disease processes.
Start month: October, April (Can be flexible)
Housing: Not provided
Meals: Not Provided
Age Ranges: Mature Adults,Seniors
Populations: Alzheimer’s/Dementia,Chronic Pain,Elderly Persons,Hearing Impaired,Mental Health,Multiply Disabled,Neurologically Impaired,Physically Disabled,Speech Impaired,Stroke,Terminally Ill,Visually Impaired
Settings: Nursing Home/Assisted Living
Contact name: Michelle Sieben, MT-BC

Good Samaritan Society Specialty Care Community
Contact name: Bill Webb, MA, MT-B
Contact email:
Doctorate Degree Offered: No
Masters Degree Offered: No
Bachelors Degree Offered: No
Equivalency Bachelors Offered: No
Equivalency Masters Offered: No
Stipend Offered (Intern Sites): No
Inactive Internship Site: No
Current Internship Site: Yes
Stipend Amount: $0.00
Facility Characteristics: Good Samaritan Society Specialty Care Community ( GSS-SCC) is located in historic Robbinsdale Minnesota. As a recognized leader in specialty care services, our “community within a community” structure offers adapted living environments and specialty programming designed to match each client’s needs. There is easy access to nearby downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul via public transit. GSS-SCC is a non-profit facility that serves a variety of clientele requiring both short and long-term care. There are six individual units with a facility capacity of 96 residents. Located in the heart of Robbinsdale, GSS-SCC provides a model in long-term care, serving the Northwest portion of Minneapolis. Good Sam’s vision and mission statement, “in Christ’s love, everyone is someone,” is suited to the blending of the needs of a diverse community.
Training Information: Since 1994, GSS-SCC has offered a variety of learning experiences unique to the music therapist seeking a professional challenge. Our facility serves a culturally diverse population seeking medical interventions offered in a conventional and innovative environment. Interns will work with two board certified music therapists while having opportunities to collaborate with staff from our Therapeutic Recreation, Spiritual Care, Art, and Restorative Nursing departments. Professional inservices, community outreach programming, research opportunities, and musical networking are a part of the intern’s continued education. Interfatih spiritual experiences,i.e. life concerns, grief and loss, addiciton, and recovery are also possible for interested interns. Music opportunities are diverse and designed for both individual and group interaction. Competent music skills, adaptability, and innovation are primary goals of the program. Musical skills playing percussion, keyboard, guitar, and voice are developed and emphasized.
Start month: January, April, October, & July (flexible).
Housing: Not provided
Meals: Yes – Lunch
Age Ranges: Teens,Young Adults,Adults,Mature Adults,Seniors
Populations: Alzheimer’s/Dementia,Behavioral Disorder,Comatose,Dual Diagnosed,Elderly Persons,Emotionally Disturbed,Head Injured,Mental Health,Multiply Disabled,Music Therapy College Students,Parkinson’s,Physically Disabled,Substance Abuse,Terminally Ill,Visually Impaired
Settings: Geriatric Facility – not nursing,Geriatric Psychiatric Unit,Hospice/Bereavement Services,Nursing Home/Assisted Living,Partial Hospitalization,Physical Rehabilitation

Joyful Noises LLC & Twin Cities Music Therapy Services, LLC
Minneapolis, MN
Clients Served
Setting(s): Private Practices, including services provided at Home, Studio, Adult Day Services, and Partial Hospitalization & Intensive Outpatient Programs
Population(s): Children and adults with autism and developmental, physical, and neurologic disabilities; adults and older adults with physical, psychological, and co-occurring mental health and chemical dependency diagnoses
Age Range: Young-old adult

Internship Director:
Jennifer Hicks, MT-BC, E-RYT
Joyful Noises LLC
13228 Spencer Sweet Pea Lane
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Phone: (952) 913-8675

Supervising Music Therapists:
Lindsay Markworth, MMT, MT-BC, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist
Jennifer Hicks, MT-BC, E-RYT

Lifeworks Services, Inc.
2965 Lone Oak Drive, Suite 160
Eagan, MN 55121
United States
Phone: (651) 454-2732
Fax: (763) 746-3339
Web Site:
Member Type: National Roster Internship Site
Facility Characteristics: Lifeworks Services Inc. is a nonprofit organization that serves our community and people with disabilities as we live and work together. Lifeworks provides day services and employment services to adult with varying disabilities at four program sites located throughout the Minneapolis metro. Music therapy group and individual services are provided in our innovative multi-sensory environments which are equipped with updated technology and quality music instruments and equipment. We provide support for performance groups (bands and choirs) made up of adults with disabilities. We also provide private music therapy services in center to school age children with disabilities.
Training Information: Interns are provided with ongoing training throughout the internship centered around serving people with disabilities, current legislation around services provided to people with disabilities as well as specialty training in utilizing multi-sensory environments and augmentative communication in therapy sessions. Interns will also work directly with a neurologic music therapist. Interns should be competent in guitar, vocal, and keyboard skills. Experience directing performance groups is preferred.
Start month: January, April, July, October
Housing: Not provided
Meals: Not provided
Age Ranges: Young Adults,Adults,Mature Adults,Seniors
Populations: Autism Spectrum Disorders,Developmentally Disabled,Emotionally Disturbed,Head Injured,Hearing Impaired,Multiply Disabled,Neurologically Impaired,Physically Disabled
Settings: Adult Day Care
Contact name: Laura Steines,MT-BC

Minnesota State Academy for the Blind
400 6th Ave. SE
Faribault, MN 55021
Phone: (507) 384-6725
Web Site:
Member Type: National Roster Internship Site
Facility Characteristics:
MSAB is part of the Minnesota State Academies, which comprises both the schools for the blind and deaf. Over 150 years old, MSAB serves students who are visually impaired, blind, and deafblind throughout the state of Minnesota. The school offers a residential program during the week, a work program, and a transition program for students ages 18-21. The music therapy program serves students who are multiply challenged as well as students who are academically focused.
Training Information:
Interns have the opportunity to work with other therapies (speech, OT, PT), orientation and mobility specialist, interpreters, and BVI teachers. The schedule includes music therapy 1:1’s, music therapy groups/classes, a choir, a West African drumming ensemble, a rock band, special programs and occasional outreach. Technology for the blind/visually impaired is a special focus, using a recording studio for music and podcasts, and other assistive technology unique to each student. Another tradition at the school is an active arts residency program that offers new opportunities to students in the areas of music, dance, and tactile art. Interns will learn about the documentation/assessment process, engage in the IEP process, and participate in skills building and repertoire building throughout the internship. Please request a Fact Sheet for specific skill requirements.
Start month: August
Housing: Not provided
Meals: Not provided
Age Ranges: K-21
Populations: Blind, Visually Impaired, Deafblind, Autism, Neurological/Cognitive Impairments, Developmental Disabilities, Mental health
Settings: School and transition program
Contact name: Jennifer Pelletier, MS, MT-BC

Park Nicollet Health Services
Methodist Hospital, Music Therapy 4E
6500 Excelsior Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55426
United States
Phone: (952) 993-5901
Fax: (952) 993-6066
Member Type: National Roster Internship Site
Facility Characteristics: Park Nicollet Health Services is an integrated health care delivery system which is made up of Methodist Hospital, Methodist Home Care and Hospice, Park Nicollet Outpatient clinics, Struthers Parkinson’s Center, and the Eating Disorders Institute. The music therapists at Park Nicollet Health Services serve patients in the following programs: Home Care and Inpatient Hospice, Oncology inpatients, Cancer Center outpatients, and wthin the Parkinson’s Center: adult day care, homecare patients, assessment clinic, and community programs, and in the Eating Disorders Institute. Other medical patient referrals in areas such as Intensive Care, Physical Rehabilitation, and Pediatrics are accepted as time permits. All four music therapists in the Park Nicollet Health Services system have many years of experience in the field of music therapy, and they have extensive additional training in various music therapy techniques including NMT, GIM, and Mandalas.
Training Information: Prospective interns should be open to working with critically or terminally ill patients and their families who may be dealing with emotional crises or stressful situations. Interns must possess good communication and listening skills, sensitivity, and maturity. Interns will be expected to demonstrate excellent proficiency on at least one accompaniment instrument and good vocal skills (i.e. pleasant tone and quality to sing accurately on pitch). Music therapy interns will work with other members of the interdisciplinary team including: medical unit staff, chaplaincy, social work, patient education, bereavement staff, support group facilitators, and physical, occupational, speech and massage therapists. Additional educational opportunities are available through inservices and internal education courses through Park Nicollet.
Start month: January, April, July, October
Housing: Not available
Meals: Yes – One free hospital cafeteria meal daily
Age Ranges: Young Adults,Adults,Mature Adults,Seniors
Populations: Alzheimer’s/Dementia,Cancer,Chronic Pain,Comatose,Eating Disorders,Elderly Persons,Medical/Surgical,Neurologically Impaired,Parkinson’s,Physically Disabled,Stroke,Terminally Ill,Visually Impaired
Settings: Adult Day Care,General Hospital,Hospice/Bereavement Services,Oncology,Outpatient Clinic,Physical Rehabilitation
Contact name: Dawn McDougal Miller, MME, MT-BC

Currently inactive:
Woodbury Senior Living
7012 Lake Road
Woodbury, MN 55125
United States
Phone: (651) 287-6562
Member Type: National Roster Internship Site
Facility Characteristics: Woodbury Health Care Center is a skilled-nursing facility that serves long-term care, memory care, sub-acute, and transitional residents. Diagnoses related to the residents we serve can include: CVA, heart disease, dementia/ Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, diabetes, depression, anxiety, weakness, rehabilitative procedures, and hospice care. Woodbury Health Care Center is part of a campus environment specializing in senior care.
Training Information: The Intern will work as a member of the Music Therapy/Recreation Therapy team with an overall goal to enhance, maintain, and improve quality of life. The MT/RT department is part of the interdisciplinary team consisting of doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, music therapists recreation therapists, restorative nursing assistants, dieticians and administration. Music therapy collaborates with restorative nursing, and speech, occupational and physical therapies, utilizing NMT (Neurologic Music Therapy) interventions in treatment. An Intern at Woodbury Health Care Center will be a member of the Music Therapy/ Recreation Therapy interdisciplinary team that serves residents residing at Woodbury Health Care Center. The Intern will participate in observing, co-leading, and leading large and small therapeutic groups at the health care center in addition opportunity will be presented within the assisted living environment as well. The Intern will experience a variety of Music Therapy programming utilized in long-term care and be expected to design and implement his/her own Music Therapy groups by the end of internship. The process of assessment, treatment planning and implementation, documentation and evaluation, and termination/discharge planning will be reviewed and developed throughout the internship. The Intern will be assigned a caseload of residents to meet with in 1:1 sessions and be expected to assess, treatment plan, document and track the progress of these interventions. The intern will be assigned reading, written and practice assignments to complete as a part of the internship. These assignments will include: music genre reports, case study reports, reading assignment reports, a special comprehensive project, and music skills development and applications. The Intern will also be introduced to the MDS (Minimum Data Set) assessment process used in long-term care and learn how MT/RT is involved in this process. Time will be set aside each week in the Intern and Internship directors schedule to meet 1:1 to work on music skills and to discuss the Intern’s experience and homework assignments. The Intern will present on case studies to the interdisciplinary team as well as report on written homework assignments to the MT/RT team.
Start month: Flexible, arrange with Director
Housing: Not Provided
Meals: Not Provided
Age Ranges: Mature Adults,Seniors
Populations: Alzheimer’s/Dementia,Elderly Persons,Mental Health,Neurologically Impaired,Parkinson’s,Speech Impaired,Stroke,Terminally Ill
Settings: Nursing Home/Assisted Living,Physical Rehabilitation
Contact name: Erin Heidemann,MT-BC