Experiential Learning

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

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Creating Communication Clarity

With clinical experiences, the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) allows you to make a difference in the community, working to treat and prevent a wide range of communication disorders. You’ll also have opportunities to get involved in research with the department’s expert faculty to contribute basic scientific knowledge related to human communication.

HHS Ambassadors at orientation

Undergraduate Clinical Experience

As an undergraduate or graduate student in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, you’ll gain insights into real-world applications of speech, language and hearing healthcare in the department’s 31 clinical programs. The SLHS clinics span a wide range of speech, language, hearing, swallowing and balance conditions, providing you with understanding of a variety of approaches for individuals of all ages.

As an undergraduate, you may choose to observe speech-language pathology or audiology appointments as well as provide support for clinical operations. See below for more specific information on how to observe, volunteer, or register for an independent study course (SLHS 49000).

Clinic Opportunities
Audiology Clinic
Observation Log
HHS Ambassadors at orientation

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Providing the evidence behind clinical practice, SLHS researchers seek to improve scientific understanding of typical and disrupted speech, language and hearing systems and develop therapeutic methods and instruments to prevent or remediate disorders. Undergraduate students interested in research are encouraged to contact individual faculty whose research aligns with their interests. You may receive course credit for your research participation through SLHS 49000 or SLHS 49800. In these courses, you’ll gain experience in data collection, analysis and interpretation as well as scientific writing.

Participating in research will not only help you determine if you want to pursue research in your career but also allow you to develop contacts for recommendation letters and enhance the competitiveness of your graduate school application.

HHS Ambassadors at orientation

SLHS Internships

Go beyond your classroom knowledge and advance your skills in real-world settings through a credit-bearing internship in SLHS 41900. After securing an internship with an organization of your choice, you will be required to complete a minimum of 48 hours of work experience over the course of the semester. Contact course instructor Christi Masters with questions.

  • To earn credit in SLHS 41900, you must submit the following to the undergraduate coordinator, Melissa Taylor:
    • A set of well-defined work activities and expected learning outcomes that meet the approval of the internship employer and the course instructor.
    • A copy of the internship description and responsibilities.
    • A copy of your resume.
    • A signed Memorandum of Agreement with the internship employer.
  • You will be required to purchase liability insurance through the university. The fee is $13 and must be submitted to the HHS business office in STON 220 via check or money order made out to “Purdue University” (cash will not be accepted). Once processed, you will receive an email that will serve as your proof of insurance.
  • During the internship, you are expected to submit a weekly report, logging your progress of work activities and learning outcomes.

Student Internship Testimonials