Undergraduate Research Assistant, Language Development and Perception Laboratory
Intern, Fitness for Health
Class Year: 2023
What was a typical week like in your position?
Language Development and Perception Laboratory: During a typical week on the job, I helped run studies for children ages 1-5 years old, coded and examined data from eye-tracking studies while following lab guidelines, and completed other necessary online tasks.
Fitness for Health: I worked as an intern for a 3 week summer program for children with disabilities at Fitness for Health. During a typical week on the job, I would observe and assist a Speech-Language Pathologist and an Occupational therapist with their daily lessons, supervise small groups of children ages 3-8, and help with set up and clean up. The program took place Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 12 PM for three weeks.
What do you enjoy most about your current position?
Language Development and Perception Laboratory: I enjoyed learning how to run studies over zoom with families.
Fitness for Health: I enjoyed learning from the Speech-Language Pathologist and spending time with the kids.
How did your coursework help you in your position?
My coursework helped me prepare for these positions by giving me a background on speech pathology and how it can be applied in different settings.
How did you locate your position?
Language Development and Perception Laboratory: I located this position from the UMD Hearing and Speech Sciences web page.
Fitness for Health: I located this internship by researching organizations that give speech therapy in the area. I reached out by using the contact information on their website in order to get more information on volunteer or internship opportunities.
Advice for students:
Don't be afraid to reach out to organizations to ask about volunteer/internship opportunities!