Now that I have been settled for a few weeks, my internship has really gotten underway. Having an internship abroad has so far been a very special experience. Most of my friends here do not have internships and take classes only. Though this is probably easier in terms of work load, I think the opportunity of immersing yourself in the local culture through the eyes of a work place is something too valuable to be traded. If you’re on the fence about doing the internship program, here’s your sign- jump in. It’s an incredible way to explore your interests in a new setting.
My internship this semester is with Nordoff Robbins Scotland, a Music Therapy charity based here in Edinburgh that has satellites in Glasgow, Dundee, and Aberdeen. The charity provides Music Therapy services to their local area for diverse populations, including (but not limited to!) children with learning disabilities, hospitals, hospice centers, local schools, and prisons. Though the field of Music Therapy is quite small, it’s a strong one. I know that as a Music Therapy student this experience will be invaluable and something I carry with me through all of my work in the future.
I attend my internship twice a week, from 9-5pm. So far it has been fun ‘playing adult’; I commute about an hour each way, and I love the people watching as everybody heads off to work in the mornings or goes home for the day. So far at my internship I have gotten the chance to speak with many different therapists that work there, read different research books provided in their library, and help out with odd jobs around the office. It has been very interesting to me to see how a business is run for Music Therapy- I really have only learned about it in a classroom setting. It is also very interesting to compare and contrast different schools of thought between the US and UK even within such a small field.
Overall, I have been very happy with my placement. It has allowed me to briefly step into a world that I would not have otherwise seen had I only taken classes. If you have the opportunity, I encourage you to take it!