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CSD Student Interns at Community Mental Health

Posted on: November 5, 2015

csd-intern-1249-wpName: Veronica Hanrahan
Hometown: Rochester Hills, Mich.
Graduation Date: May 2016
Company: Community Mental Health, Lansing, Mich.
Amount of Time at Internship: September - December 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
As an undergraduate studying psychology at MSU, I knew I wanted a career that would provide care and services to those in need. However, I was not entirely sure what that career would specifically be. A family friend of mine had just begun her professional career as an SLP, and I could not help but feel interested while she spoke of her job. She told me how much she adores her job as an SLP working with children. After researching more about speech pathology and even having the opportunity to observe a few of her sessions, I knew I wanted to be a speech pathologist and immediately signed up for my first undergrad CSD class. The more classes I took, the more I fell in love with the profession and became sure that this is what I wanted to do as a professional career. As I continue to gain knowledge through my clinical experience and coursework, I am only more confident that I have chosen the right path.

Tell us about your graduate school journey?
I was overwhelmed with excitement when I received my acceptance letter from MSU's CSD master's program. I began the program in the fall of 2014 and find it hard to believe that I will be graduating in just a few short months. I have interned at Ionia ISD Early On servicing children ages birth to 3. I also had the opportunity to intern at Henry Ford Health System working in both inpatient acute care and outpatient rehabilitation services. These internships combined with class work have given me both the knowledge and confidence to begin my journey into this profession. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, which allowed me to experience the profession in different lights. I have gained valuable knowledge and have seen progress in my clinical skills since the beginning of my graduate school experience. I have enjoyed this program and am honored to be an MSU Spartan in the CSD master's program.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship?
I am currently interning at Community Mental Health in Lansing. CMH provides a wide variety of services to both children and adults within Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties. I am currently working with clients ranging from 4 to 80 years of age who have an array of disorders including autism spectrum disorders (ASD), CHARGE syndrome, dysphagia, behavioral problems, mental disabilities and more. I provide individual and group therapy at CMH Wardcliff Abilities Center as well as in the community and at the patient's private homes. I work with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices and perform co-treatments with the occupational therapist and psychologists.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
My current internship at CMH has helped prepare me for my future career by providing me with the necessary skills to work with a variety of disorders. My supervisor is very knowledgeable and resourceful and has shown and taught me an assortment of skills to contribute to my professional success. My evaluation and treatment skills for both the child and adult population have consistently progressed and I am continually gaining confidence in working with patients with ASD, using AAC devices and coding for ADOS testing. This internship has also provided me with effective communication skills through collaboration with other professionals, family members, staff and aides, and case managers.

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Student Interns at Practical Rehabilitation Services

Posted on: October 26, 2015

PRS-Intern-clementsName: Rachel Clements
Hometown: Novi, Mich.
Graduation Date: May 2016
Company: Practical Rehabilitation Services (PRS), Okemos, Mich.
Amount of time at internship: September - December 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
During completion of my observation hours at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) in Novi, Mich., shortly after I obtained my bachelor’s degree, I observed an SLP who truly ignited my passion for the field. At the DMC, I observed a session with a client who had not been able to verbalize “I love you” to his wife since his stroke. He had been working on this, along with a few other functional phrases, in his recent therapy sessions. I was privileged and truly blessed to witness this man’s excitement and emotion as he uttered those beautiful words to his wife, who was also present during the session. The emotion in the room was heartwarming. Even the experienced clinician had tears in her eyes. The man’s wife was ecstatic. In this moment, I was filled with hope and a deep sense of certainty that I had chosen the right career.

Tell us about your graduate school journey?
After receiving my bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, I spent a year volunteering as a youth worker in Dublin, Ireland. Following this unique and rewarding cultural experience, I worked as a nanny while I sought out the perfect graduate program to begin my career. I was pleased to be accepted into the M.A. program at MSU in the fall of 2014, and I have enjoyed the exceptional internship opportunities I have had in the program thus far. My first internship was with Grand Ledge Public Schools in Lansing, Mich., where I served a wonderful group of students in grades 1-6 with a variety of speech, language and social communication disorders. I followed this experience with a fast-paced and exciting summer internship at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Mich., where I gained experience in evaluating and treating patients with dysphagia. I enjoyed the great variety in experience and clinical knowledge that I gained from these internships.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship?
Currently, I am a clinical intern with Practical Rehabilitation Services (PRS), where we provide home- and community-based cognitive communication therapy to individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. This clinical setting is unique in that much of our days are spent traveling and visiting clients in their homes and communities. With the support and guidance from a team of experienced supervisors, I have enjoyed the challenging and rewarding experience of providing functional therapy to clients and their family members as they adjust to life after a brain injury. I am growing in my clinical knowledge and skills as I learn about how to help clients gain independence in their everyday environments through compensatory strategies for memory, attention, awareness and executive functioning skills. I also have learned about the critical role of client and family/caregiver education and counseling in every therapy session.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
My internship with PRS has prepared me for my career by providing me with countless opportunities to think outside the box of what therapy looks like and to take into consideration the individual interests and personal goals of each client. I have learned that by providing this highly functional and relevant therapy, the clients’ interest in therapy increases, and the likelihood for carry-over into everyday life improves. Working with a number of different supervisors at PRS has helped me to grow and learn from a variety of clinical styles as I develop and gain confidence in my own clinical abilities. I am looking forward to applying what I have learned to future internships and career opportunities.

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CSD Student Interns with McLaren Health Care

Posted on: October 12, 2015

Name: Rachel Cianferra
Hometown: Shelby Township, MI
Graduation Date: May 2016
Company: McLaren Health Care, Mount Clemens, MI
Amount of Time at Internship: September-December 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
My aunt initially introduced me to this field after my cousins had attended speech therapy at their elementary school. She told me about the SLP she had met, and that she saw me in this career. I was in high school at the time with hopes of becoming a special education teacher, but once I researched speech pathologists I began to gravitate toward this path. I later shadowed a local SLP at her private practice and immediately fell in love with every aspect of what she did. Communication is such a basic necessity that many do not have access to, and I love that we are able to help them.

Tell us about your graduation school journey?
I attended Wayne State University for my undergraduate degree, and was overjoyed when I was accepted into Michigan State University's graduate program. I began my Masters Degree in the fall of 2014 and am amazed at all that I have gained from being here. I have attained a vast amount of both academically and personal growth, which I am extremely grateful to MSU for. Each class and professor has broadened my horizon of this career, and further deepened my passion. For my first placement, I was at a center based school in Mason. Over the summer I was at Henry Ford Macomb in both outpatient and inpatient care. Each of my internships so far have taught me so much, and I look forward to my final two semester. I love being placed in real world internships because I believe we are able to gain the knowledge and skill set necessary for future real life environments.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship?
Currently, I am at McLaren Macomb Hospital in acute care. At this setting, we conduct speech, language, and swallow assessments as well as provide diagnosis and treatment for adults with neurologic disorders and trauma. I participate in bedside assessments of swallowing function, Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBSS), and provide dysphagia rehabilitation including recommendations for diet modification. I really enjoy this setting and feel more comfortable being independent in acute care.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
This internship has greatly prepared me for my final placements as well as future career. My supervisor is an amazing source of knowledge and is happy to answer any question I have. I am gaining experience with the adult population, and becoming more independent in MBSS and diet modification decisions. The acute care setting was not one I initially gravitated towards, but this placement has changed my mind. Each day I'm able to gain new skills as a graduate clinician, and I'm excited to continue my second year at MSU.

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Student Interns with NBC’s Today Show

Posted on: October 1, 2015

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As soon as she was old enough to know what news was, Micaela Colonna decided to be a journalist.

“I said I want Katie Couric’s job,” Colonna said.

The Michigan State University student is well on her way. She spent this past summer living in New York City and working as a broadcast intern for NBC Universal’s “TODAY.”

“It’s still amazing,” said Colonna, a senior who is double majoring in Journalism and Political Science.

"TODAY" interns rotate throughout the studio, working in the control room one day and going out on shoots the next. Colonna said her favorite spot in the rotation was the control room.

“It was really neat to just be there and see how the control room works. It’s very crazy. Sometimes things get to the last minute and you’ve got to pull it off, just like that,” she said. “It’s amazing to see how crazy things can be and you never really know while you’re watching.”

Today Show dogBefore making it to "TODAY," Colonna was busy trying out every aspect of the news industry, including radio, print and television. She worked at IMPACT 89FM, The State News and Focal Point before first interning at to The Ellen DeGeneres Show and then "TODAY."

Colonna’s experience in so many different areas of journalism has helped her refine her passion.

“I always knew I wanted to do television,” she said. “I went to Ellen and producing was it, for the most part. I still think reporting would be fun, but ultimately, I would love to produce.”

While at The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Colonna helped produce some of the segments. She also helped find guests to appear on "TODAY."

“It’s so neat to watch weeks and weeks’ worth of work become a segment on the show,” Colonna said. “I feel like I can do it. They liked it. If they didn’t they’re not going to air it; it’s national television. But I think the fact that they like what I’m giving them is a very positive thing.”

The College of Communication Arts and Sciences has been instrumental in Colonna’s success, she said. It’s given her a foundation for understanding what journalism is and how to practice it – everything from learning how to ask questions to knowing the jargon of the industry.

“Learning how to interview, learning what looks good in a television package, what you might change and knowing how to communicate with people has been the most valuable part of all of it,” she said. “You have to know what you’re doing to make it look right and have the producers trust you and be a reliable person they can go to.”

Colonna also offered up some advice for other students.

“As corny as it sounds, just go after what you really want to do,” Colonna said. “Never in a million years did I think I would end up at Ellen, and the 'TODAY' show has always been my dream. It really puts it into perspective that there are students who get those internships. If that is something you want, you can get there. You just have to be persistent, be determined, and network as much as you can.”

By Kelsey Block, Journalism and Arts and Humanities double major

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CSD Student Interns at Livingston Educational Service Agency

Posted on: September 30, 2015

Blake Donovan at Pathway SchoolName: Blake Donovan
Hometown: Brighton, Mich.
Graduation Date: May 2016
Company: Livingston Educational Service Agency, Pathway School
Amount of time at internship: September-December 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
After completing my B.A. and looking for teaching jobs, I noticed many opportunities for SLPs. After a long period of unsuccessful job hunting, I decided to investigate what an SLP was. I shadowed a family friend who worked as an SLP at an elementary school. At the end of a very rewarding day, we sat down and discussed the various settings in which an SLP can work. The nature of the work and wide variety of potential employment settings appealed to me.

Tell us about your graduate school journey?
I completed a year of post bachelor study at Wayne State University in order to complete prerequisites for entering a master's program. I started my masters at MSU and was uncertain if I had made the right choice. After a year in the program, I am confident I made the right school choice. My clinical placements have been rewarding and my cohort is an incredible group of individuals. So far, I have completed an internship at an elementary school in Nashville, Mich., and an internship at Hope Network in East Lansing, Mich., providing therapy to individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship?
At Pathway School, I work with individuals from 3 years of age to 26 years of age. All of the individuals I work with have multiple impairments and often present with a disorder. All the services I provide are done through pushing into the classroom and modeling communication for a student during a lesson or activity, or providing consult for the staff. Use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) plays a large role in my everyday work.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
My internship has helped me prepare for a career by exposing me to a wide array of AAC devices. It also has taught me not to underestimate the ability of students based on their cognitive and physical impairments. In the short time I have been at Pathway School, I have been blown away by the ability of students to learn to communicate using high-tech AAC devices and the relatively high level of communication they achieve using such devices.

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Student Interns with Google as Part of BOLD Program

Posted on: September 24, 2015

Google BOLD internMedia and Information senior Mariah Smith spent this past summer as an advertising services intern with Google in San Francisco, Calif., as part of the company’s Building Opportunities for Leadership & Development (BOLD) intern program.

BOLD was designed to provide exposure into the technology industry for students who are historically under-represented in this field. The program offers 11-week paid internships, with personal and professional development programming, executive speakers, mentoring and community building.

Smith’s role at Google included finding innovative solutions to meet the changing needs of clients, identifying business challenges, collaboratively shaping solutions that drive strategic initiatives, and keeping clients informed of Google products that can enhance their online and offline presence.

“The learning curve was very steep,” she said. “We had four weeks of training and then we had to jump on the phones ready to answer advertisers questions.”

One of her biggest challenges was not knowing what she would be working on from day-to-day.

“For me, school is a very linear experience...You go to class, the teacher tells you what to study, and then you are tested on that same material,” she said, “but the real world is not like that.”

However, Smith said she felt prepared for any challenges she faced.

“ComArtSci classes prepared me for my role at Google by giving me the interpersonal skills to communicate effectively,” she said, “which ended up being one of the most useful skills I could have had in my role.”’

To Smith, who worked with 14 other interns, the best part of the internship was the people she met along the way.

“From the interns to the full-time employees, everyone I came in contact with was so willing to help you in anyway they could,” she said.

From this internship, Smith said she gained 14 new friends, a new perspective on problem solving in a fast-paced environment, and the confidence to apply for jobs she never thought of.

She had first come across the Google internship after an informational meeting last fall about non-technical careers at Google. She sent an email to the speaker asking to get coffee the next time that person was in town and the two had coffee the next day.

“I encourage everyone to be bold and audacious and take that next step that you might be scared of taking,” Smith said. “If I had to credit how I landed my internship to anything, it would be to those two things.”

by Rachel Tang, Public Relations Account Executive/ Journalism Senior

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Journalism Student Juggles Two New York Internships

Posted on: September 17, 2015

Hannah Watts New York Internship

College of Communication Arts and Sciences student Hannah Watts spent this past summer in New York interning at not one, but two different companies.

The journalism and public relations senior landed internships with KFD Public Relations and Nylon magazine.

As a public relations intern at KFD, Watts did everything from working with clients to managing media lists.

“I took on some of the responsibilities of an account coordinator…and I came away with the most incredible portfolio,” Watts said.

Hannah Watts 4When she wasn’t working at KFD, Watts spent her time at Nylon researching and pitching ideas and writing stories published on nylon.com.

A longtime fan of the publication, Watts reached out to an editor and asked if there were any internships available.

“She ended up setting up an interview with me on the phone and it went very well,” Watts said. “I had never really reached out to someone directly for an internship before. It just shows if you know what you want to do but you can’t find it, don’t be afraid to do a little digging and search for yourself.”

Last year, Watts was a recipient of the Marge Sorge Internship Award, which helped her cover her expenses while living in New York.

“I would not have been able to do any of my internships without the help of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences,” Watts said. “I’m just so grateful that they had these resources available to help me.”

Journey to New York

Watts’ journey to New York started long before her senior year. As a freshman, she happened to glance at a column by Lauren Drago, Teen Vogue’s Assistant Beauty Editor and an MSU alumna.

“It opened up a whole new world to me. Like how can someone from Michigan State get to be a beauty assistant for Teen Vogue?” said Watts, who emailed Drago, asking to chat with her about the job of a beauty editor. Drago agreed, and the two set up a phone interview.

Hannah Watts 3After talking with Drago, Watts immediately got involved with MSU’s VIM magazine, where she is now co-Editor-in-Chief of the student-run fashion and beauty publication.

Because of her work with VIM, Watts was able to intern in Los Angeles with YouTube beauty expert Michelle Phan. Then, a few years later, while she was working on a story about YouTubers for her JRN 400 class, Watts reached out to Phan’s team again, who connected her with their public relations agency, KFD.

“I just asked if they had any opportunities for internships, and they said circle back and we’ll go from there,” Watts said, adding that the Director of KFDPR also is an MSU grad. “The Spartan network is amazing, both here at MSU and our alumni. They’re just incredible, they’re so willing to sit down with you and talk with you, to help you refine your career goals.”

Watts’ internships have opened her up to all the possibilities for a career in journalism.

“As you go deeper and deeper into exploring your career, you realize how many things you can do, specifically with journalism,” Watts said. “(My internships) have really opened up my mind to different things I can do and different things I can write about. And if you’re a good writer, you’re going to go far because communication is essential in any workplace.”

By Kelsey Block, Journalism and Arts and Humanities double major

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CSD Interns with Special Tree Rehabilitation

Posted on: September 14, 2015

csd student intern alyssa webster at special tree rehabiliation
Name: Alyssa Webster
Hometown: Sterling Heights, Mich.
Major: Communicative Sciences and Disorders, M.A. Program
Graduation Date:.May 2016
Company: Special Tree Rehabilitation Neuro Skills Center
Location: Troy, Mich.
Amount of time at internship: June - August 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
It was a slightly winding path, as many educations are. When I was a child, I wanted to edit novels; I was always interested in language. I began college as an English Literature major before deciding that I wanted to get out of the constantly abstract and do something that helped others. When talking to my friend and future classmate, I discovered that the career of speech language pathology extended beyond elementary schools. It was finally the fit I had been searching for. I stayed up all night reading SLP blogs and watching videos of them practice and it filled me with excitement and ambition. This interest has lasted ever since.

Tell us about your graduate school journey:
When I read about Michigan State University's CSD graduate program, I transferred to complete my undergraduate degree here. I studied Linguistics with a specialization in Cognitive Science in an effort to prepare myself for a CSD graduate degree by using a related field. Within the MSU Department of Linguistics and Languages, I participated in research regarding sociolinguistics. Once accepted into MSU's CSD graduate program, I began courses with professionals with experience within the field and research. In the spring of 2015, this program guided my opportunity to intern with the Ingham County Intermediate School District. Here, I learned in resource rooms for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder working on language, social and cognitive skills that are functional for their lives and academics. This opportunity allowed me to interact with students of a broad range of ages and needs.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship: Currently, I am an intern at Special Tree Rehabilitation, Neuro Skills Center. Special Tree is a community rehabilitation clinic specializing in brain and spinal cord injury. I learn from an interdisciplinary team of therapists to help clients progress toward their physical, cognitive and social goals. Many of these clients were involved in motor vehicle accidents, so my experience has taught me more about the impact of these events on the brain and how the lives of the clients may change afterward. The clients I interact with were from a broad range of ages - children through mature adulthood - and the goals they have are varied as well.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
I am learning the importance of focusing intervention on functional tasks that may translate easily to the client's everyday life. Each client has individual goals, needs and lives outside of the therapy office, so I am learning to tailor their sessions to best support how they want to live. This internship also is helping me prepare to monitor client progress and document interactions properly. I am learning how to carry out the important daily tasks of a working clinician including documentation and planning. Finally, I am learning the skills that are difficult to learn via textbook, such as communicating with a team of interdisciplinary clinicians and staff and interacting with clients on both their great and not-so-great days.

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Senior Lands Internship at Leading Advertising Agency

Posted on: September 11, 2015

Erica Tackett - Account Management Intern at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising 2015

When it came time to finding a summer internship, Advertising major Erica Tackett did her homework.

Tackett, who is just starting her senior year, worked as an Account Management Intern at Ogilvy and Mather, one of the leading advertising agencies in Chicago, this past summer.

She learned about company founder, David Ogilvy, when she came across his blog, “The 8 Ogilvy Habits,” which lists his eight habits of advertising.

“I was like, wow, this is exactly how I feel about advertising,” said Tackett, who then read the book written by Ogilvy and reached out to a number of people at the company.

When it time came to apply for the internship last November, Tackett made sure to polish her application to perfection.

“I focused every little bit of my time trying to get my name out there,” she said. “I put a lot of energy into the application.”

Advertising 402

Another influence on Tackett was the experience she had visiting Chicago last December as part of the ADV 402 class with Andrew Corner, Instructor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations. In a span of three days, the class visited a number of advertising agencies and corporations.

“It gave me an idea of what it would be like to work there,” Tackett said. “By the time I moved, I was better prepared than if I hadn’t gone on the trip.”

But still a lot of hurdles come with an internship away from home. To find a place to live, Tackett sifted through a deluge of Craigslist ads, trying to find a sublease, and finally found her new home in the north side of Chicago.

“It got down to the wire. I found a sublease toward the end of May, and I started my internship in June. It got kind of intense,” she said. “You just have to believe it’s going to work out and have that gut and just go for it.”

Internship Award

Finances were another barrier. Tackett pays for most of her schooling out of pocket, and while her internship at Ogilvy was paid, it wasn’t enough to cover everything. Tackett was honored to receive the Quinn Franks Internship Award, which helped cover living expenses.

“If it wasn’t for that scholarship, there was no way I would have been able to (work at Ogilvy),” Tackett said.

While at Ogilvy, Tackett put together a competitive analysis of some of the brands she worked with this past summer.

“I really got a lot out of it…I learned about what I’m interested in and what I like to do,” she said. Tackett presented her findings to the entire team at Ogilvy, which was so impressed they shared it with clients and use it in campaigns.

Student Involvement

During her time at MSU, Tackett has had other internships and has been involved with many organizations, including Hubble Connections, Chrysler, The State News, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences very own ComArtSci Career Center.

“Every internship I take, I learn something new about myself,” Tackett said. “I owe my entire professional career to Michigan State. What they provide you with as a student is phenomenal.”

Tackett, who joined PRSSA as a freshman, is now the President of the organization.

“When I joined as a freshman, I knew no one,” Tacksett said about PRSSA. “I was hanging out with seniors. It might have been a little scary, but now I have all these amazing friends at amazing companies and I can call them anytime. And you’re not going to develop that network unless you’re utilizing what this place is offering you.”

Now a senior, Tackett has some advice to offer to younger students.

“If you know what you want to do, you just have to go for it, and if you’re still figuring it out, start exploring,” she said. “You also have to be an advocate for yourself. If you’re scared, just go. If you sit in the back and it takes you a while to introduce yourself, that’s fine. You just have to go for it.”

Tackett invites students who are interested in PRSSA to email her at etackettm@gmail.com. She said she’s happy to help them in any way she can.

“I have no doubt in my mind that any president of any other student group would do the same,” Tackett said. “PRSSA is great, MSU Advertising Association is the same, Telecasters, Big Ten Student U. All the resources are right under the roof in one college.”

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CSD Student Interns with Sparrow Specialty Hospital

Posted on: August 18, 2015

klein-lisa-csd-20150817-sparrow-fName: Lisa Klein
Hometown: Leslie, Mi
Major: Communicative Sciences and Disorders, MA Program
Graduation Date: 2016
Company: Sparrow Specialty Hospital
Location: Lansing, Mi
Amount of time at internship: June-August 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
I became interested in speech-language-pathology through my love for singing. I received a BFA in musical theater performance from Oakland University, and it was my voice teacher at OU who suggested that a career in speech pathology might be a good fit for me. I spent a few years working as a singer and actor before deciding I wanted to go back to school and use my skills in music and performing to help other professionals. I took a leap of faith and enrolled at Wayne State University for the Post Bach program. I had a lot to learn about the field I was jumping into, but I loved everything about it.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
I was so excited to be accepted to MSU for the masters program. The program offers everything I wanted in a grad school, including a variety of clinical placement settings. Also I was able to come home to the area I grew up in. I have greatly enjoyed all of the opportunities I have had so far in the program. I have completed one internship with Livingston ESA in the Early On department, and I am nearing the end of my current summer internship. I have learned and changed so much over this first year of grad school and I greatly look forward to what the last two semesters have in store.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
I am currently wrapping up my internship at Sparrow Specialty Hospital located in the tower at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. SSH is a long term acute care hospital where we work with mostly trach and vent patients. It is a fast paced and challenging environment with many medically complex patients. Most of our case load is dysphagia patients, but we also work with speaking valves for voicing, and some cognition. Many of our patients come to use for vent weaning and I have learned more about respiratory therapy than I thought possible. We also work with a fabulous team of physical and occupational therapists who have taught me so much about what they do. It has been challenging but very rewarding.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
I have changed dramatically through what I have learned in this internship. I am now familiar with the art of communicating with the entire team of people working for a patient, including the doctors, other therapist, and family members. I have learned look at the person as a whole when making clinical decisions, and how to think on my feet. You never know what you might be walking into depending on the status of the patient, but I now know there is not much that I will shy away from. After this placement I feel ready for anything that can be thrown at me. I will be able to take what I have learned and apply it in every aspect of my future career.

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