My Summer Internship

One of you fantastic readers asked me to write some general details about my internship this summer. I’m so glad that you suggested it, because honestly I wouldn’t have thought to share any of the details, but I know that when I look back years from now I’ll have wished I would’ve written about it. And maybe there’s someone out there who’s an aspiring speech language pathologist who wants to know what an internship at a Hospital entails.

My internship was eight weeks full time at the local Hospital.
Before you have your licence, you’re not allowed to treat clients or patients without supervision. One of the Speech-Language Pathologists there was assigned as my supervisor and was always present when I was giving therapy. The first day he let me observe, but after that it was all me. I was very nervous, but I learned that I have learned more than I realized and though I’m not a professional yet, I was capable of giving therapy to a wide variety of patients. So, I basically took on my supervisors caseload while he watched and taught me.

As a speech therapist I worked in three different spheres at the hospital. We had patients in the Neuro Rehab unit; with these patients, we would have two 30 minute sessions a day. We also saw acute patients over in the ICU or other areas of the hospital. With these patients we mainly did swallow or cognitive evaluations and treatments. We also saw outpatient clients who weren’t patients at the hospital who would come in for scheduled hour long sessions. I loved that I was able to see such a wide range! Many speech therapist either work just rehab or acute so it was great to experience all areas of the hospital.

At the hospital, speech therapists mainly treat swallowing, speech and cognitive difficulties that are a result of stroke, traumatic brain injury, intubation and anoxia. Although, there were many other things I saw while I was there, those were a large majority. We target safe swallow function, expressive and receptive language, voice, memory, attention, orientation, problem solving, intelligibility and lots of other things in therapy.

On top of giving therapy, there was lots of paperwork. I mean, it’s healthcare. haha. But the paperwork probably was my least favorite part, but it wasn’t horrible.

I absolutely LOVED my time at the hospital! It was fantastic and made me so excited for my future career in this field. I am so grateful I have found a career that is so rewarding and uplifting! My patients were amazing and inspired me so much. Though I’m sad it’s over, I’m excited to start my next internship at a elementary school and a special education preschool in the coming weeks.

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  1. Unknown on August 19, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I never knew you were a speech therapist and all the work it entails. I am glad you shared it

  2. Laura Nelson on August 19, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    that's super cool! i would totally be afraid to just take on everything like that, but it's really neat to see all the things you've learned over the years come out into practice! good for you!

  3. Unknown on August 19, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    woo exciting! hope you are loving it!if you have time please check out my blog <

  4. Unknown on August 20, 2014 at 7:13 am

    You do an exciting job 🙂 You must be a very patient girl to work in an hospital ! Glad there are some people like you in the world … I could not do a job like yours..I read all your posts and I like it so much !

  5. Elizabeth Clark on August 21, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Thanks for this post! I'm doing my SLP internship in an acute rehab hospital in the spring, and I CANNOT wait for it!!

  6. Unknown on March 2, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Elise! I am currently in Speech Pathology as an undergraduate student. I came across your profile on instagram, and I was DYING to read about your experiences as a Speech Therapist. Thanks for sharing your experiences. 🙂

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