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Program overview

Program length: 12-16 weeks
Class size: 3-4 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 in the acute care (hospital) setting or in the outpatient (clinic) 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


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

You may apply during the following dates for the internships noted:

  • Summer internship: Nov. 1-Dec. 31
  • Fall internship: April 1-May 31
  • Spring internship: May 1-June 30

Interviews will occur during the following timeframe for the internships note:

  • Summer internship: Jan. 2-Feb. 28
  • Fall internship: June 1-July 31
  • Spring internship: July 1-Aug. 31

Notification of internship confirmation or declination will occur by the following dates:

  • Summer internship: April 15
  • Fall internship: July 15
  • Spring internship: Sept. 15

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is open to U.S. workers in the four categories below. Therefore, visa sponsorship is not available.

  1. U.S. citizens
  2. U.S. nationals
  3. Lawful permanent residents
  4. Asylees and refugees

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). Scores from the speaking portion of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions. Learn more about the exam and register online at the Educational Testing Service.

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences code for the TOEFL iBT is 5784.

Educational transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the examination and credential-evaluation services.

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 an in-person or virtual Zoom interview and will occur within the dates previously listed.

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.


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 (if not already completed prior to internship)
  • Clinical experience in diagnosis and treatment of adult patients 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 outpatient clinic or the acute care (hospital).
  • Attend and participate in patient and family team care meetings.
  • Gain experience in:
    • Oral-motor examination
    • Clinical evaluation of swallowing mechanism at the bedside
    • Instrumental evaluation of swallowing mechanism (FEES and VFSS)
    • 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. 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 the week prior to the 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 four to five days per week of 8-10 hour days, and will follow the schedule of your designated supervising speech language pathologist. Hours may be variable depending on the assignment and may include weekend shifts.

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