Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology Interns, Observers, and Volunteers at Wake Forest Baptist

Speech Pathology Interns

With a dedicated commitment to education we are happy to consider graduate-level students for internship placements within our facility. Please see the sub-link in the main heading above for more information about internships.

Speech Pathology Observers

With a dedicated commitment to education we are happy to consider students at any level, outside clinicians, and other professionals interested in  Speech Pathology for clinical observations within our facility. Observer opportunities are for a maximum of 12 hours. Interested observers should contact kwinterb@wakehealth.edu (inpatient opportunities) and akfields@wakehealth.edu (outpatient opportunities). Of note, please contact us with at least 2 weeks advance notice so we can best accommodate your request.

Speech Pathology Volunteers

Speech pathology volunteers play an important part in Wake Forest Baptist’s Speech Pathology department. We appreciate the time and energy that our volunteers contribute and the difference they make to the high quality, compassionate care we provide.   

Volunteers are asked to complete tasks such as: make copies, pick up and deliver items within the hospital, set up for swallow studies, and feed patients (with a clinician present). Volunteers are required to register through volunteer services, attend volunteer orientation and observe HIPAA regulations. In return, volunteers will be able to observe speech pathology services in the hospital, ask questions; document observations, build resume and graduate school applications (if applicable) and foster relationships for potential internships and fellowships (if applicable). While scheduling is flexible, we do expect all volunteers to honor commitments that they make. This allows more observation than as single observation session (see above re: Speech Pathology Observers).

Future internships and fellowships cannot be guaranteed to volunteers who are pursuing a speech pathology career. However, volunteers have the opportunity to get to know our team, display their knowledge base and show a strong work ethic – all of which are important in networking and career building. 

Volunteer work and observation opportunities are in:

  • Adult acute care 
  • Inpatient rehab (J. Paul Sticht Center)
  • Inpatient pediatrics (including outpatient pediatric modified barium swallow studies)

Volunteer opportunities are not available in the outpatient (Medical Plaza - Miller) setting, but outpatient observations can be arranged upon request. Uniforms are required (yellow scrub top) and must be purchased. Free parking and a meal voucher are included (provided by volunteer services) for each shift.

Interested volunteers should contact atobon@wakehealth.edu. (inpatient adult) and akfields@wakehealth.edu (outpatient adult), and lcranfor@wakehealth.edu (inpatient and outpatient pediatrics).


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