Summer Professional Speech Pathology/Audiology Assistant program at Duke Medicine started in 2005 and was modeled after the Duke Nursing PNA program.

It is designed to prepare undergraduates and first-year graduate students to experience the profession within the medical environment. This mentored 10-week program within the Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology runs from June – August.

Program Details


The summer Professional Speech Pathology/Audiology Assistant program has typically invited students each year to work a 40 hour week for a total of 10 weeks. This is a paid position.


Placements may be in the acute care and outpatient settings for both adult and pediatric populations.



The Summer Professional Speech Pathology/Audiology Assistant program is designed to offer students the opportunity to:

  • Increase awareness of the scope of practice for medical speech pathology/audiology
  • Advance interest in and capacity for providing optimal patient care in a variety of clinical settings and assorted diagnoses throughout the health system
  • Develop critical-thinking skills and professional communication skills
  • Ongoing observation and mentoring with experienced clinicians

Participants are paid to learn while working a 40-hour work schedule (Monday – Friday) in a combination of inpatient/outpatient and hospital/clinic settings. All participants work on special Departmental projects in addition to having the opportunity to observe all types of clinical speech pathology and audiology practice in a variety of medical settings.


Participants have the opportunity to attend multiple continuing education opportunities throughout the year. 

Duke Speech Pathology and Audiology offers monthly hour-long lunch and learn educational sessions on current topics it the field. Local experts present on interesting topics related to speech language pathology and audiology. 

The Use it on Monday recurring lecture series is held for three hours on Saturday mornings at Duke. Participants can earn 3.0 JA CEUs per session. Six to eight lectures are held per year. Duke Speech Pathology and Audiology staff and invited speakers present topics to Duke Staff and members of the community. The information is functional and practical, with opportunities for hands-on practice, discussion, and small group interaction. These conferences are offered at a reduced cost to Duke Staff and students.

How to Apply

The requirements for the position are as follows:

  • Participants must be enrolled in an accredited speech pathology/audiology program as either a rising senior undergraduate or first year graduate student
  • Participants must have a declared interest in medical speech pathology/audiology

Applications will be accepted mid-February through mid-March. To apply, interested candidates would submit the following information to the Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology’s Human Resources Office, either by email or by fax 919-613-8230, with subject line indicating SLP/A Summer Student. For further information please call 919-684-6271.

  • Brief letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Minimum of 3 names to serve as professional references

Final selections will be made by end of March.

Program Timeline

  • Program typically begins: End of May 
  • Program ends: Beginning of August
  • Application deadline: Mid-March