See how experiential learning including field internships complement formal classroom
instruction and lead to rewarding jobs for students in the Communication Sciences
and Disorders Department at PennWest Edinboro.
At PennWest Edinboro, we recognize that experiential learning is a valuable tool in
helping students to make career decisions and in complementing formal classroom learning.
Providing excellent internship opportunities is a priority, and the stories of student
success in the workplace have been impressive.
While some PennWest Edinboro majors require an internship, cooperative education,
student teaching or research experience, many students elect to pursue an internship
to augment their educational portfolio. Every major has one or more designated internship
directors to assist students with identifying opportunities and coordinating credits.
Students who are interested in internship experiences are encouraged to contact the
Communication Sciences and Disorders Department internship coordinators, or visit
the Center for Career Development’s internship webpages for more information.
Acclaimed artists, medical professionals, Disney and Pixar animators and leaders in
business, education, criminal justice and many other fields have built the foundations
of their success at PennWest Edinboro, and so can you.
The Boro Center for Career Development assists students at the onset of their professional lives with many outstanding services,
including building resume, interviewing and networking skills and offering numerous
job fair opportunities annually both on- and off-campus.
Alumni from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders have gone on to
succeed in rewarding careers in their field of study. Check out the career achievements
of some of the Department’s notable alumni below.
Kim Kerstetter ’14, M.A. Speech/Language Pathology, practices at The Rich Center for Autism at Youngstown
State University in Youngstown, Ohio, and lives in Boardman, Ohio.
Jill Dillon ’13, M.A. in Speech/Language Pathology, is employed by Midland Public Schools, Midland,
Mich. She also worked in the summer as a speech therapist at Bay Cliff Health Camp
in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Rosa Gerber ’12, M.A. Speech/Language Pathology, began working for the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate
Unit 5 following graduation as an Early Intervention Consultant/Speech-Language Pathologist
in Warren County, Pa., with three 5-year-old preschoolers. She’s transitioning to
a new caseload in IU5’s Early Intervention program in Edinboro, McKean and Summit
areas. “PennWest Edinboro’s MASLP program was fantastic in preparing me for future
employment,” Deb said. “Granted, you always learn most about your job in the field,
but I felt prepared and had the resources to consult or research as situations arose
and tough or uncommon cases presented themselves. Or, as you’ll learn, friends or
random people approach you in public settings to ask about family members once they
find out you’re an SLP.”
Danielle Hyde ’12, M.A. Speech/Language Pathology, worked as an SLP at Halcyon Rehabilitation in Gulfport,
Miss., for almost two years. She recently moved to the Washington, D.C., area and
works for Genesis Rehab Services at a SNF. She was offered a job the second day after
she moved because the position is in such high demand. Danielle also works as a PRN
with National Home Health, a home health agency.
Deb McMechan ’11, M.A. Speech/Language Pathology, worked as an SLP at Integrity Rehab in Detroit,
Mich., upon graduation. She’s currently a pediatric inpatient and outpatient SLP at
the University of Michigan Health System-C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor,
Dr. Kelly Green ’09, B.A. Speech and Hearing Sciences, is a Doctor of Audiology at RW Petruso Hearing
and Audiology Clinic, Inc. in Erie, Pa.
Communication Sciences and Disorders 202 Jeremy D. Brown Humans Services Building 215 Scotland Road Edinboro, PA 16444 Phone: 814-732-2344