BBIVAR Intern Program
The Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation (BBIVAR) includes a highly competitive and intensive internship program for 2nd year graduate level speech pathology students interested in pursuing a career in voice and/or swallowing disorders. Typically, students 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 and once candidates have been narrowed down, 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 brief presentation (30-45 minutes) 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.
Completed applications must include a resume, cover letter, and one to two letters of recommendation from faculty members within their current graduate program. These can be emailed to Erin Donahue, M.A., CCC-SLP.
Spring Semester Internship
Applications accepted through September 1st
Fall Semester Internship
Applications accepted through March 1st
Students who complete an internship at BBIVAR will be competent in:
- Taking patient histories
- Performing and rating stroboscopic examinations
- Completing and analyzing aerodynamic and acoustic measures
- Sizing, changing and assessing voice prostheses in laryngectomee patients
- Independently writing clinical evaluations, progress notes, letters of medical necessity, and letters to physicians
- 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:
- FEES Evaluations
- Singing Voice Evaluations & Therapy
- Observation of Botox Injections
- Attending Laryngectomee Support Group Meetings, Head and Neck Cancer Grand Rounds, and Strobe Review
- Possible observations of Laryngeal Surgery including: Thyroplasty & Total Laryngectomy
College Student Volunteer Opportunities
The Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis & Rehabilitation offers clinical volunteer opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in a career in speech-language pathology focused and voice and/or swallowing disorders. There are 5-10 hours/week flexible schedule options. For more information, please contact Erin N. Donahue, M.A., CCC-SLP.