Volunteer opportunities in NYC - Speech Pathology
Does anyone know of any places in NYC/BRONX where I can volunteer and gain experience observing Speech Language Pathologists as a Speech student?
I’m trying to apply for grad school and is switching careers. I would love to gain experience and also add to my resume when applying for schools.
1. Call the place of business
2. Ask for the Practice Administrator or Hiring Manager
3. When you get them on the phone - tell them that you are a grad student considering Speech Pathology and would like to volunteer a couple of hours per week at their practice. (saying a couple doesn't sound too intrusive).
4. Tell them "why" you choose them: read through each website and find 2/3 awesome things that they have done or are doing, any awards received practice size, time in business, areas served, something that sets them apart from other practices.
5. ASK when you can come in a meet with them
6. Keep contacting each one until you find your YES! - it shouldn't take long, people love volunteers - free labor!
Rehabilitation professionals are a great group of people! We all work hard for our patients to achieve their goals. We are all eager to nurture new therapists in the field and are usually very happy to talk to students like you, or have you come hang out with us for a few hours or days. However, covid has made this more regulated and facilities have created new rules against extra visitors.
1. Google private speech therapists in your area. Then call them to ask if you can shadow the therapist for a day or two. In NYC, you can find speech therapists who help singers rehab after voice injury, dialect work, as well as the usual improved pronunciation, stroke/neurological rehab, children, and cognitive rehab.
2. Contact your area inpatient rehabilitation facilities, ask to speak to the lead speech therapist or rehab director about shadowing opportunities or volunteer positions.
3. There are lots of speech therapists in the school district- call the special education director at the local school district, or private school to ask if you can shadow or volunteer with the therapists.
4. There are also speech therapists in home health companies especially pediatric specialists. See if you can shadow one of them.
5. Acute care hospitals have lots of speech therapists also, but the Joint commission of hospital accreditation and Medicare have made volunteering and shadowing difficult because every one has to have vaccines, HIPPA education, and covid precautions. My hospital has a volunteer program but it is for the whole hospital and a semester commitment, but you can say that you are most interested in therapy.
You are not going to see ads for therapy volunteer and speech therapy doesn’t usually use technicians like physical therapy does, so no entry level base pay jobs except office help in private clinic.
You could email or call the university speech therapy program office. They may have opportunities in your area as well, some have a student clinic where you could also volunteer.
Good luck! Some of my best friends are speechies.
I hope this above link helps.