The Wake Forest Baptist Health speech-language pathology department is dedicated to education and clinical outreach. We are happy to consider qualified graduate-level students for internship placements in an inpatient or outpatient setting. Please review options, being sure to tailor your application response to the area(s) of interest.
Acute (Inpatient) Adult
Patients are adults (18+) with swallowing, communication and cognitive disorders. Swallowing disorders are most prevalent. Trachs and vents are frequent. FEES, PFS/MBS, and PMV evaluations are performed frequently. No LSVT. EMST and IOPI are intermittently utilized. NMES is infrequent. Intermittent interdisciplinary team attendance.
Suggested Coursework: Dysphagia, Neuro, Communication/Language Disorders, Trachs/Vents
Inpatient Rehab Adult (Sticht Center)
Patients are adults (13+) with swallowing, communication and cognitive disorders. Communication and cognitive disorders are most prevalent, with swallowing as a close second. Trachs are infrequent, no vents. FEES, PFS/MBS, and PMV evaluations are performed infrequently. No LSVT. NMES and IOPI utilized on a fairly regular basis. EMST is infrequently utilized. Regular interdisciplinary team attendance.
Suggested Coursework: Aphasia, Neuro, Communication/Language Disorders
Patients are pediatrics (0-18) with swallowing/feeding, communication, and cognitive disorders. Feeding disorders are most prevalent. Trachs and vents are frequent. FEES, PFS/MBS, and PMV evaluations are performed frequently. No LSVT. Infrequent NMES, EMST, and IOPI. Regular interdisciplinary team attendance.
Suggested Coursework: Dysphagia, Communication/Language Disorders in Peds, Trachs/Vents, Language Development
Patients are adults (16+) with swallowing, communication, cognitive, upper airway, or voice disorders. The patient population is dependent subspecialties listed below.
Head and Neck Cancer/Dysphagia: Patients present with swallowing disorders largely related to H&N cancer. Exposure to laryngectomy/TEP management, modified barium swallow studies (MBS/PFS), flexible endoscopic examination of swallowing (FEES), esophageal and lingual manometry, and swallowing therapy.
Suggested coursework: Dysphagia, Trachs/Vents/Lary, Head and Neck Cancer, Neuro
Neuro and Cognitive/Communication: Patients present with progressive neurological disease processes and/or are status-post TBI, TIA, CVA, or MVA. Central or peripheral disorders evaluated and treated may include cognitive-linguistic function, language, phonological processes, pragmatic deficits, alternative augmentative communication, and/or swallowing. LSVT may be utilized.
Suggested Coursework: Aphasia, Dysphagia, Neuro, Communication/Language Disorders, Motor Speech, AAC, Voice
Voice and Upper Airway: Address functional and organic disorders affecting the speaking and singing voice and work with upper airway disorders (paradoxical vocal fold movement, chronic cough, globus). May include singing voice therapy. Evaluate via perceptual, acoustic, and aerodynamic measurements. Exposure to flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy and video laryngostroboscopy.
Suggested Coursework: Voice, Dysphagia, Neuro
Patients are pediatrics (0-17) with swallowing/feeding, communication, language, articulation, and/or cognitive disorders. Specialty clinics may include KidsEat, NG clinic, cleft and craniofacial clinic, augmentative alternative communication (AAC) clinic, and work with the hearing impaired (HI) and/or cochlear implant (CI) team. Regular MBS/PFS. Trachs and vents are infrequent. The patient population is dependent on the supervisor (all clinicians have subspecialties—see below).
Swallowing/Feeding: Patients present with swallowing/feeding disorders. May include KidsEat, MBS/PFS, and NG clinic. Minimal to no exposure to patients with general communication/language disorders.
Suggested coursework: Dysphagia, Trachs/Vents, Communication/Language Disorders in Peds
Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies and Swallowing: Patients are followed by the team during 3 clinics a month, with some receiving individual speech therapy. Includes MBS/PFS and resonance evaluations via nasopharyngoscopy, with latter done jointly with physician. May involve evaluation and treatment of patients with general communication/language disorders.
Suggested Coursework: Cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, voice, dysphagia, communication/language disorders
General Pediatric Communication Disorders (may include Hearing Impairment/Cochlear Implant (HI/CI) or AAC: Extensive exposure to full pediatric evaluations and therapy for patients with communication, language, articulation, and/or cognitive disorders. Dependent on supervisor, experience may include work with either the HI/CI population or AAC population.
Suggested Coursework: Communication/Language Disorders in Peds, Language Development, Articulation/Phonology Disorders, Motor Speech, AAC, and impairments secondary to HI/CI.
Important Dates and Application Information
Adult Application Deadlines
- Fall semester- deadline May 15
- Spring semester- deadline October 1
- Summer Semester- deadline Feb 15
Pediatric Application Deadlines
- Fall semester- October 1 (prior year)
- Summer semester- July 1 (prior year)
- Spring semester- April 1 (prior year)
*Applications outside of this date range will be accepted on a case by case basis*
Please submit your application to the appropriate person based on the area to which you are applying:
Pediatric (Inpatient or Outpatient)
Questions should be directed to the corresponding emails. Interviews via telephone or in-person may be scheduled during the application review process, with specific content questions to be included.