Groovy Garfoose Internship

The Groovy Garfoose is proud to offer University-Affiliated Music Therapy Internships in partnership with the Music Therapy Program at Cleveland State University. Read on to learn more about our six-month internship!

Groovy Garfoose Internship

The Groovy Garfoose is proud to offer University-Affiliated Music Therapy Internships in partnership with the Music Therapy Program at Cleveland State University. Read on to learn more about our six-month internship!

About The Groovy Garfoose

The Groovy Garfoose is a music therapy private practice based in Stow, Ohio owned and operated by Bonnie Hayhurst, MT-BC. GG was established in 2009 and currently employs four board-certified music therapists. GG music therapists serve a variety of clientele in Lake, Cuyahoga, Summit and Portage County, Ohio. GG provides direct music therapy services to a variety of organizations including schools, day centers, hospices, hospitals and long-term care facilities. In addition, GG provides individual and small group music therapy services to clients at our clinic in Stow, Ohio and at our offsite clinic in Mayfield, Ohio.  Music Therapy Services at the Groovy Garfoose are funded through private pay, waivers and scholarship programs run by the state of Ohio.

What populations will I get to work with during my internship?

At GG, we primarily serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages. We support people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), PDDNOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Other Specified), Asperger’s Syndrome, intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), William Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), seizure disorders, depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, vision impairments, hearing impairments, general medical conditions, and other diagnoses.

What will I be provided as an intern?

Liability Coverage: provided by The Groovy Garfoose

Equipment: The Groovy Garfoose will provide access to a variety of musical instruments, props, visual aids, music books and resources, in addition, all office supplies needed to successfully plan, treat and document clinical work. The intern will be provided access to a computer and a temporary Groovy Garfoose email with HIPPA compliance for the duration of the internship. Interns should have their own guitar and piano/keyboard for practice at home.

Transportation: a car is required

What will my schedule look like as an intern?

GG Interns are expected to work Monday-Friday for 40 hours per week with an occasional weekend music therapy commitment once a month. A typical week in the life of a GG intern will include 20-25 client contact hours per week with the remaining hours for travel, planning, documenting and supervision. Interns can expect their schedule to stay fairly consistent from week to week. Interns will have the opportunity to work alongside a different GG music therapist each day.

Will I get supervision during the internship?

Yes! At GG, interns will receive clinical supervision from each one of our board-certified music therapists every week. At supervision, an intern can expect to receive clinical feedback, support, action steps for growth, strategies for establishing a weekly practice of self-care and much more.

Will I be required to complete projects during the internship?

Yes! Every intern is required to complete projects like:

  • Music Therapy Assessment
  • Music Therapy Case Study
  • Songwriting Project
  • Blog Posts
  • Self-Care Project

How do I apply for the GG internship?

We are currently accepting internship applications for the August 2022 – February 2023 internship. Applicants must apply by November 1, 2021 to be considered for the position.

Click here to download The Groovy Garfoose Internship Application.