Melanie completed an internship with the BYU Speech and Language Clinic as a graduate student clinician. Here is what she has to say about this experience:
How did this internship align with your initial expectations?
I am able to work with real individuals, virtually every day, a provide tailored therapy in the areas of speech, language, voice, social communication, and resonance. Real people, real needs, real therapy. It takes time and effort to research the best practice for my clients but watching them progress in goals that are meaningful to them has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
What day-to-day tasks were part of this experience?
Session planning, therapy sessions, session reports (SOAP Notes), counseling with our clinical supervisors, collecting and analyzing data
Was this experience a confirmation that you are going in the right direction, or is it a pivot to something else?
Confirmation. The more I've working in the BYU Speech and Language Clinic, the more I realized that YES I DO want to be a Speech Language Pathologist and watch individuals grow and progress over the course of therapy.
Would you recommend this internship to other students?
Yes! This is a hands-on experience in an environment of professors and clinical educators who treat you as future colleges and sincere want you to succeed just as much as you want your clients to succeed.