Graduate Applications and Other Things To Do

Hello everyone!

The wind is blowing, the leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping – and it’s already November! The second round of midterms, as well as class scheduling for next semester, are upon us. And for those of us who are seniors, so are graduate school applications! Although most graduate programs in the NJ/NY area have an application deadline of February 1st, right now is the perfect time to start or continue working on your applications.

The application process can be pretty overwhelming, especially if you are applying to multiple schools. At this point, you’ve probably picked out the schools you are applying to and are trying to keep track of the various parts of each application. To make the process a bit more organized, I’ve designed a grad school application template (which can be downloaded as an Excel file from googlesheets) that keeps track of the different parts of the application, such as letters of recommendation or personal essays. Essentially, it’s a simple, but well-organized, checklist. I hope that all of you prospective grad students will find it helpful!  You can access it here.

For those of you who are not applying to graduate programs this year, it is never too early to start exploring the field, graduate programs, and various opportunities that can provide you with valuable experience. Below are a few suggestions on what you can do:

  • Go observe! You can read more about getting observation hours here.
  • Look for research opportunities relating to speech, language, hearing, or psycholinguistics. You can find many opportunities at Rutgers through the Aresty Undergraduate Research Assistant Program, or by asking your professors in the linguistics and psychology departments, and some of the foreign language departments (Spanish, French, etc.). Some possibilities are listed below:
  • Find SLP-related places to volunteer, some options include:
    • Children’s Specialized Hospital
    • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
    • Skilled nursing facilities
    • Private practices
    • Camps, clubs, classes, or events for people with special needs
  • Explore opportunities at Rutgers
    • Take a Fieldwork course in the Psychology department
      • Fieldwork: Child Development and Fieldwork: Autism can provide hands on experience working with these populations
    • Look for internships through the Psychology Department
      • Check the department website for available internships that coincide with your interests – usually you can earn class credit towards your degree through these as well!
    • Become a conversation facilitator for adult English language learners via The Conversation Tree
    • Join The Rutgers ASL club
    • Become a tutor for the various linguistics courses at Rutgers (some of which count as prerequisites for graduate programs) through Rutgers Learning Centers
    • Consider applying to teach a First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS)
  • Participate in an internship this summer at NYU
    • The Rusk Health Center Opportunity Program offers students internships that allow them to observe professionals in the medical setting, in the field of their choice, for a month-long period during the summer. Participants will also attend lectures and group discussions. Applications are due at the beginning of January.
  • Visit graduate open houses! Most SLP (and AuD) grad programs have open houses in the fall and spring semesters. Check out the calendar on our homepage for upcoming open house dates for the graduate programs in NJ.
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