Undergraduates in Communicative Disorders are encouraged to pursue experiential opportunities prior to graduate study. Although direct clinical experience is not offered to students at the undergraduate level, students can become involved and gain exposure to clinical populations by participating in internships and volunteer activities. Students may participate in internships offered through the Office of Internships and Experiential Education during their junior and senior years. The Office of Internships and Experiential Education is located in Roosevelt Hall, first floor, and internships are available for students in any semester, fall, spring or summer. Students may also become involved in faculty sponsored internships, or participate in community based volunteer work. These activities help students to become professionals in the helping services.
N.B.: If an undergraduate student is interested in registering for an independent study to accompany an internship experience, he or she should first contact a departmental adviser or faculty person who teaches in the general area of the internship experience to request a CMD 492 registration. If accepted, this registration will involve some meetings with the faculty member during the semester to discuss the internship experience in light of the scope of practice of professional speech-language pathologists and/or audiologists.
Although this is not an exhaustive list of the possibilities for internship, students in Communicative Disorders have interned in the following outreach locations:
The first meeting of the University of Rhode Island Student Speech and Hearing Association (URISSLHA) chapter of national NSSLHA will be held on Wednesday, September 18th at 7:15PM in the Galanti Lounge (3rd floor of the library).
Barbara Culatta, Professor and Dean at Brigham Young University will be speaking on Thursday, October 17, from 7-9 pm. The talk will be held in CBLS 010 and the title will be “Playful Practice to Teach Language and Literacy Skills”. Graduate students are required to attend; all others are invited to attend.
Professor Irene Walsh, Trinity College, Dublin will present a talk titled, "Identifying the demographic and communication profiles of children with a primary diagnosis of ADHD" on Tuesday, October 29th from 7-9 p.m. in Swan Auditorium (Swan Hall). All graduate students in CMD are required to attend.
Here are our URISSLHA officers (Left to Right below): Mary Loveley, secretary; Kristen Troy, historian; Jaclyn Schiemer, president; Lexi Caruso, treasurer; and Kristy Wallace, vice-president. We thank our outgoing board members: Shannon Witter, Meredith Fitzgibbon, Heidee Pottker and Jess Lally for all of their hard work. Shannon and Meredith are graduating in May, Heidee will be a second-year graduate student, and Jess is heading off to graduate school! Look for information about our first fall 2014 meeting here on the CMD web site.