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Program overview

Program length: 12-16 weeks
Class size: 1-2 students a year
Location: Phoenix, Arizona

This internship prepares students in a graduate level speech-language pathology program for professional practice in an inpatient or outpatient setting depending on the assignment.

During the internship, you will provide diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders on the acute and rehabilitation units, or in an outpatient setting.

Graduation and certification

When you successfully complete your internship, you will have satisfied your program requirements and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Standard III.

Application process

Prerequisites

For admission to the internship, you must be enrolled in a graduate level affiliated, accredited speech language pathology program and make arrangements through your program advisor according to the application process for Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. Our affiliated schools are:

  • Arizona State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Midwestern University
  • University of Arizona

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission.
    • Select - Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Select - Speech Language Pathology Internship (ARZ)
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents.
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section
    • Complete the Recommendations Request section

Additional required items

  • CV/resume.
  • Unofficial high school and college transcripts may be uploaded in the Supplemental Items area for application purposes.
  • Personal Statement is to detail your goals and then be uploaded in the Supplemental Items section.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to complete a rating form and upload a letter.

Interview process

Candidates will be contacted to participate in a telephone interview and, if necessary, an in-person interview.

Tuition and financial aid

There is no cost to participate in the internship at Mayo Clinic. Tuition is paid to your college or university during your internship. Speech language pathology interns do not receive a stipend.

You are responsible for your living accommodations and transportation.

Curriculum

The Speech Language Pathology Internship follows the curriculum from the certification handbook for Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Your clinical experience includes:

  • 25 observation hours in adult speech and language diagnosis and treatment
  • Clinical experience in diagnosis and treatment with supervision
  • Closely supervised and mentored clinical experiences
  • Advancement of skills learned in the classroom through practical application
  • Appropriate clinical documentation and professional responsibility
  • Preparation for integration into a practice or other professional setting

As part of this internship, you:

  • Diagnose and treat speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders and provide patient and family education in the rehabilitation and acute units in the hospital setting.
  • Attend and participate in patient and family team care conferences.
  • Gain experience in:
    • Oral-motor examination
    • Clinical evaluation of swallowing mechanism at the bedside
    • Instrumental evaluation of swallowing mechanism
    • Evaluation of cognitive, speech and language skills using appropriate standardized assessment tools
  • Develop and implement treatment plans to include setting specific time-bound measurable goals and objectives.
  • Provide education and information to patients, caregivers, and family members regarding various disorders, treatment techniques, and compensatory strategies, including development of a home program for independent practice.
  • Provide an in-service to the speech pathology department (may include rehabilitation department). A topic related to and based upon current research and literature will be mutually agreed upon by the student and supervising speech-language pathologist by midterm of internship and presented during week prior to final week of internship.

Additional internship time may be added to include presenting an in-service, participating in journal studies, and undertaking ongoing education or research opportunities.

Schedule

Your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week. Hours may be variable depending on the assignment and may include weekend shifts.

Accreditation information

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

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