Since 2005, the Summer Professional Speech Pathology/Audiology Assistant program at Duke Health has helped 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 program. 

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. 

How to Apply

The requirements for the position are as follows:

  • Participants must be enrolled as an undergraduate student and have an interest in audiology or speech pathology

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

Program Timeline

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