Clinical Education

 

In Rehabilitation Services, our audiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists devote their time and effort to improving the health and quality of life of children with cancer, sickle cell disease and other life-threatening diseases.

We also train the next generation of health care professionals in these disciplines. We accept talented and motivated students for clinical placements who want to make a difference in the lives of children.

As a trainee, you will develop your clinical skills and gain experience in the cutting-edge practices of your profession.

Read more about your area of interest below. You will find information about the time commitment involved, whom to contact for more information, application materials needed and application deadlines.

Remember to complete your application in a timely manner. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Externships

    St. Jude sponsors a unique externship opportunity in diagnostic audiology. While working with children and adults, students in the Audiology Clinic develop clinical skills in the following areas:

    • Ototoxic monitoring and rehabilitation through amplification
    • Evoked potential testing through ABR/ASSR/Chirp evaluations
    • Hearing aid verification and management

    For information, contact Skye.Jones@stjude.org.

    Semester placements

    St. Jude offers third-year audiology students clinical placements for the summer semester.  Students work four to five days a week.  We also offer second- and third-year audiology students clinical placements during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Students work one to two days a week. 

    For information, contact Stephanie.White@stjude.org.

    Application materials

    • Resume
    • Letter of intent
    • Transcript
    • Immunization records
    • Letters of recommendation
      • Externship
        • 3 letters of recommendation (one from a pediatric rotation)
      • Semester placement
        • 2 letters (one from a clinical supervisor)
  2. Fieldwork placements: Level 1 and 2

    St. Jude offers clinical occupational therapy students Level 1 and second Level 2 fieldwork placements. Level 1 students work for one to two weeks; Level 2 students work for 12.

    Ask your fieldwork coordinator to make the initial inquiry. We require a formal application for Level 2 and doctoral students. Each student seeking a professional rotation must also submit an application, graduate transcripts and letters of recommendation.

    We interview qualified students in person or by telephone or Skype.

    For information, contact Allison.Smith@stjude.org.

    Application materials (Level 2 and doctoral students only)

    • Application
    • Resume
    • Letter of intent
    • Graduate transcript
    • Immunization records 
    • Letters of recommendation
  3. Clinical placements

    St. Jude offers clinical placements for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant students. Physical therapy students work for eight to 16 weeks; physical therapy assistants work for five to six. Students may work in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

    We require a formal application, and we interview qualified students by telephone.

    For information, contact Lauren.Pardue@stjude.org.

    Application materials

    • Application
    • Letters of intent
    • Immunization records
    • Letter of recommendation 
  4. Clinical placements

    St. Jude offers semester placements for graduate students in speech-language pathology.  We treat infants, children, adolescents and young adults with pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Students work in inpatient and outpatient settings. 

    We interview qualified students in person or by telephone. Please submit your application by the correct deadline:

    Semester placement deadlines

    • Summer semester: October 1
    • Fall semester: March 1
    • Spring semester: June 1

    For information, contact Kristin.Lyons@stjude.org.

    Application materials

    • Application
    • Letter of interest
    •  Two to three letters of recommendation
    •  College transcript with a minimum of two semesters of graduate-level coursework
  5. We offer a learning experience for students early in their program. They can come to St. Jude, just for a day or two, to observe the real-world delivery of rehabilitation services to patients.

    Students may observe up to two days of clinical activity. You must meet the following criteria to be considered: 

    • 16 years of age or older
    • A high school or college student in good standing or planning to attend a graduate or professional school

    We do not consider incomplete applications.

    Please email to request a Clinical Observer’s Manual and application.

    Placement Contact
    Audiology Stephanie.White@stjude.org
    Occupational Therapy Sarah.Schwartzberg@stjude.org
    Physical Therapy Lauren.Pardue@stjude.org
    Speech-Language Pathology Speech-Language-Pathology@stjude.org

    Application materials

    • Application
    • Immunization records
    • Letter of recommendation
      • Currently enrolled student
        • Endorsement form completed by an appropriate academic representative—faculty, instructor, guidance counselor
      • Applicant NOT currently enrolled 
        • Alternate letter of recommendation