ProVoice Clinical Education Opportunities include volunteer placements for current students interested in a career in speech-language pathology, Observations for students and medical residents, and intensive Graduate Student Internships for graduate level speech pathology students. Read on for more info.
Volunteers placements are sometimes available for current students interested in a career in speech-language pathology focused on voice and/or swallowing disorders. Volunteers typically maintain a regular one day/week schedule for a minimum of 6 weeks. Potential student volunteers are welcome to send an email of interest to Erin Donahue, M.A., CCC-SLP at email@example.com. Please include name, contact information, current college affiliation, level/year of college, and range of available dates. If a placement is available, the potential volunteer will be interviewed prior to confirming volunteer placement.
Half day clinic observations are offered on an ongoing basis for students and medical residents. These are scheduled at least 1 month in advance and are subject to availability. If interested, please email Erin Donahue at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (513) 632-5805.
Graduate Student Internship
The Professional Voice Center of Greater Cincinnati (ProVoice Center) includes a competitive and intensive internship program for graduate level speech pathology students interested in pursuing a career in voice disorders in conjunction with The Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation (BBIVAR) in Dayton, Ohio.
ProVoice/BBIVAR Graduate Internship
The Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation (BBIVAR) offers a highly competitive and intensive internship program for 2nd year graduate level speech pathology students interested in pursuing a career in voice, upper airway, and swallowing disorders. Interns maintain a full-time internship/practicum experience for ten to fifteen weeks in a busy, private clinical practice setting.
Due to the intensive nature of the BBIVAR internship, interested students should be prepared to undergo an initial phone interview. The final candidates will be invited for an on-site full-day interview. If accepted as a BBIVAR intern, students will be expected to increase the depth of their knowledge related to voice, voice disorders, swallowing, and swallowing disorders through independent required readings, videos, and materials related to relevant research. At the conclusion of the internship, students will give a presentation to the BBIVAR staff on a relevant research topic. Pitch matching skills, confidence, and a general eagerness to learn are positive attributes when considering a BBIVAR internship.
Students who complete an internship at BBIVAR will be competent in:
Taking patient histories
Performing and rating rigid stroboscopic examinations
Completing and analyzing aerodynamic and acoustic measures
Independently writing clinical evaluations, progress notes, letters of medical necessity, and letters to physicians
Completing and documenting clinical evaluation of swallowing
Assisting with, rating, and writing reports for FEES examinations
Appropriate documentation for compliance with insurance companies
Learning, refining, and teaching a wide variety of evidenced-based, therapeutic interventions for dysphonia, dysphagia, and vocal cord dysfunction
Additionally, students may have exposure to many other aspects of swallowing disorders and voice pathology including:
Observation of Botox injections for treatment of Spasmodic Dysphonia
Sizing, changing and assessing voice prostheses in laryngectomee patients
Attending Spasmodic Dysphonia support group meetings, clinical rounds and strobe review
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Deadlines for Applications:
Spring Semester: August 1st
Fall Semester: February 1st
*Summer placements are occasionally offered on a case-by-case basis
Completed applications must include a resume, cover letter, and two to three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a faculty member within their current graduate program.
Applications should be submitted through email to:
Erin Donahue, M.A., CCC-SLP
Voice Pathologist & Team Lead Internship Coordinator
At this time, we do not have availability for a clinical fellow. Should availability arise, information will be posted here and sent out on the national voice listserves.