Rachel Cheng works as an intern at the  Institute for Therapy Through the Arts, #


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Rachel Cheng '17

Chicago, Illinois

Major in Music, Minor in Psychology

Rachel learned the importance of communication and flexibility while interning at the Institute for Therapy Through the Arts in Illinois.

Rachel Cheng works as an intern at the  Institute for Therapy Through the Arts,

Describe your internship.

I met therapists who work in different modalities of creative arts therapy (music, drama, art and dance/movement) and got to participate in sessions. In addition to seeing clients, I helped manage and further develop ITA’s blog and worked on their social media channels.

What are some main takeaways from your internship?

This internship allowed me to see what a music therapist does, and showed me how important communication is. At a non-profit, each therapist and staff member wears more than one hat. Everyone has so many responsibilities that being a therapist isn’t their only job.

I learned that time management is an important part of my job as an intern. Planning out my day definitely helped with avoiding stress as well as not feeling overwhelmed with the number of tasks I could be given in one day.

Did any Knox resources help you obtain this internship?

I met with Terrie Saline from the Bastian Family Career Center and we talked about the resources Knox had available for writing a resume and cover letter. Music professor Nikki Malley wrote a letter of recommendation and my grant recommendation letter. Risa Lopez, my TRIO advisor, provided me with the forms and information I needed to complete the Mellon Foundation grant application. These three lovely women are the ones who got me to where I am today in my internship and education.

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