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Speech Pathology Graduate Externship Program

Student Externship Speech Pathology Internship RZT

(Sarah Brausse, former speech therapy intern)

Ridge Zeller Therapy offers paid speech-language pathology externships:

Our team at Ridge Zeller Therapy has designed well-rounded, personalized, paid and unpaid practicum experiences for speech-language pathology graduate students.

We have communicated about this opportunity with NSSLHA members, NSSLHA chapter organizers and university supervisors across the country. We're excited to share the details of our speech pathology externship with you!

If you have a positive attitude, are professional, flexible, creative and excited to learn, then Ridge Zeller Therapy may be the right placement for you! 

As a speech-language pathology intern, you will work directly with ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist supervisors who collaborate with you and coordinate with your university supervisors to design a customized plan that meets your graduation requirements and ASHA’s standards for student externships.

Are you looking for one semester or two semester SLP externship opportunities? Your speech therapy internship may range from one semester to two semesters in length, depending on the amount of time you need to accomplish your goals!

As a Ridge Zeller Therapy extern, you will diagnose and treat a culturally and linguistically diverse pediatric and adult population in schools, client homes, a cognitive rehabilitation program and our clinic in Chandler, Arizona.

You will have the opportunity to earn clock hours in all the areas you need such as voice, pediatric and adult speech and language, hearing, and diagnostics.

Your speech pathology externship will allow you the opportunity to work with individuals with:

  • autism spectrum disorders
  • language disorders
  • phonological delays
  • cognitive delays
  • traumatic brain injuries
  • auditory processing disorders
  • fluency disorders
  • voice problems
  • apraxia of speech
  • dysphagia

Additional Info About RZT's Speech Pathology Internship Program

In your school speech therapy placement, you will learn how to provide speech therapy using a wide variety of techniques. For example, you will:

  • provide one-on-one small and large group and classroom-based collaboration therapy
  • write multidisciplinary evaluation team (MET) reports and individualized education plans (IEPs)
  • facilitate meetings
  • collaborate with parents, psychologists, teachers, occupational therapists, related service providers and students

In your adult speech therapy placement, you will:

  • evaluate and treat individuals with cognitive impairments as a result of head injury or cognitive decline
  • collaborate with families

As an added bonus, speech-language pathology interns often work with more than one supervisor.

This provides you the opportunity to learn a multitude of methods, philosophies and techniques that will help you to develop your own professional style as an SLP.

Throughout your externship program with Ridge Zeller Therapy, you will be part of our team of fun, energetic, and welcoming staff.

Once your speech-language pathology externship is complete, you will be well prepared for your first job!

Ready to Join Our Team? Complete Externship Application Now:

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What to Expect After Applying:

Once we have received your application, we will contact you to schedule an in-person or remote interview.

If you would like to visit us in sunny Arizona for an in-person interview, you may have the opportunity to shadow at least one of our therapists and your potential externship supervisor.

If selected for our program, we will collaborate with you and your university supervisor to design your experience to meet your educational needs and professional interests.

Questions? To request additional information about our speech-language therapy extern program for graduate students, please email or call Hilary Parker at 480-347-8938 today!

*** Read about a former RZT extern: My Speech Pathology Externship Experience: From Student to SLP ***

*** Additional reading: SLP Insights for Speech-Language Pathology Interns ***

Check out what some of our staff have said about their RZT externship:
"The best thing about my clinical externship with Ridge Zeller Therapy was the variety they offered me. I had the opportunity to practice my skills in many different settings and experience an array of clientele. In addition, I was supported by unique and knowledgeable supervisors and team members every step of the way!" - Jennifer, MS, CCC-SLP, Minot State
 “I learned from three SLPs with different therapy styles that helped me figure out my own!” - Rosie, MA, CCC-SLP, Wichita State
 “My externship empowered me to follow my passion of AAC with encouragement and support from my supervisors." - Jana, MS, CCC-SLP, University of the Pacific
 “The Ridge Zeller externship program provided me with the opportunity to work in many different environments with a diverse clientele." - Sarah, MS, CCC-SLP, Minot State

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