Program overview

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

This internship prepares students in a speech-language pathology program for professional practice in an inpatient setting. This internship fulfills the requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).

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.

For admission to the internship, you must be enrolled in an affiliated, accredited speech pathology program and make arrangements through your program adviser according to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona application process.

When you successfully complete your internship, you will have satisfied your program requirements and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Standard III of the standards and implementation procedures for the CCC-SLP as it relates to supervised clinical observation and clinical practicum.

How to apply

  1. Online application. Complete the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences online application.
  2. Supporting documentation. Submit the following materials to:

    Judy Cimochowski
    Education Coordinator
    Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    13400 E. Shea Blvd.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85259

    • Unofficial transcripts of college or university credits
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • A personal essay that details your goals
    • Curriculum vitae (CV)

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


The Speech 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.


Your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week.

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 pathology interns do not receive a stipend.

You are responsible for your living accommodations and transportation.

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