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Careers @ CHAT

Currently hiring SLPs for June 2022 and August 2022 start dates

Why CHAT

CHAT is the only nonprofit in the greater Chicago area exclusively dedicated to speech, language, and advocacy services. We seek staff who are inspired by our mission and passionate about health and educational equity. At CHAT, we provide culturally responsive therapy, build on children’s strengths, and advocate in the community for more inclusion in addressing communication challenges. We are constantly working to learn and un-learn as our field and its language evolve.

What We Do

Most of our SLPs spend the school year working with charter, therapeutic, and teletherapy school partners, at nonprofit community partner sites, and working through our clinic (in-person and/or remotely). In the summer, CHAT clinicians deliver our 1:1 services and literacy, executive functioning, and social communication programs in-person—increasingly at Chicago community partner sites—and via teletherapy. Team members also have the opportunity to work on our Communication Justice projects.

Who We Hire

We hire clinicians who are as compassionate and collaborative as they are passionate about social justice. Our non-clinical team members come from diverse professional settings, united by their dedication to helping underserved children and communities. All CHAT team members live our four cornerstones: Collaborate with Grace; Always Compassionate; Powered by Passion; and Ever Resilient.  If we sound like a good match for you, please fill out this questionnaire.

 

Staff Testimonials

"I joined the CHAT team four years ago as a summer program aide when I was a sophomore in college. When I started, I was looking for a hands-on experience in the field of speech-language pathology. The interpersonal relationships I gained from working with SLPs and students, the gratification from helping children with communication disorders and their families, and the cutting-edge summer programs kept me coming back year after year. I just joined CHAT as a full-time SLP and could not recommend this organization more highly."

 

Jackie Ryer

Former Part-Time Aide, New CHAT SLP

"I feel so lucky to work with an amazing leadership team who makes it possible for my students to receive services while I'm away for my wedding and honeymoon. Knowing my schools will meet compliance and my students won’t miss critical services makes such a difference to my peace of mind. CHAT truly cares about both our clients and our team!"

Jordan Felkey

CHAT SLP

“I couldn’t be more thankful to work for a place like CHAT that not only values me as an employee, but invests in me and listens to what I have to say. At CHAT, everyone has a voice, we’re provided with numerous opportunities, and our leadership team works hard to maintain consistency in our staff, with our clients, and our schools.  Our leaders don’t just address my professional strengths, weaknesses, and goals, they want to know what matters to me personally, to help me succeed and be happy. I don’t think that’s something you find often. CHAT is truly a special place.”

Hannah Koronkiewicz

CHAT SLP

Internships

The HQB Internship is intended for rising juniors and seniors of color who intend to apply to graduate school in speech-language pathology. Selected applicants will serve as aides for CHAT’s 2022 in-person and virtual summer programs focusing on literacy, social communication, and executive functioning. This internship includes a $1000 stipend, mentorship from experienced SLPs, and hard to find clinical experience to aid with graduate school applications—all with the goal of helping more BIPOC individuals to enter the field of speech-language pathology and increasing representation.

CHAT’s 2022 summer programs will run from July 5th through August 4th. All HQB interns will participate in at least one of our sessions (9:30am-11am, 12:30pm-2pm, and 3:30pm-5pm) virtually or in person, and all will need to participate in two training days in late June/early July. At the end of the internship, all HQB interns will draft a written reflection on their experience so that we can continue to improve the program.

Student, Volunteer and Observing Opportunities

We welcome students, volunteers and individuals interested in observing our services.

Program Volunteer:

  • Participating as an aide in our Literacy or Social programs is an amazing hands-on experience for any SLP student.
  • Time participating can count towards required observation hours.
  • Provides an exciting work experience enhancing your knowledge and your resume!
  • An aide’s first year working with CHAT in the literacy or social program is volunteer. However, there is the potential to be asked to return for future programs in a paid position!
  • Please contact Sara at sara@chatwithus.org for more information.
  • Will require a background check.

Observations:

  • Observe ASHA certified speech-language pathologists.
  • Counts towards fulfilling the 25-hour observation requirements for your university.
  • Please contact Katie at katie@chatwithus.org for more information.

Clinic Volunteer:

  • Help make materials.
  • Familiarize yourself with materials needed for therapy sessions.
  • Please contact Katie at katie@chatwithus.org for more information.

Graduate Program Placement:

  • Unique opportunity to see the school and clinic setting in one placement.
  • Primarily work with pre-school and school-age children.
  • Must be arranged through your college or university.
  • Ask your university director to contact Sara Tamborski at sara@chatwithus.org
Volunteer Testimonials

"I am so grateful for the opportunity I was given with all of you at CHAT. My knowledge and clinical skills grew more than I could have ever imagined. You are all such amazing speech language pathologists and I cannot thank you enough for letting me work with all of you. This program is so helpful and I wish there were more opportunities such as this one. Thank you so much for everything and I hope to maybe see all of you again next summer!!"

Brook Janeczek

Lombard, Summer 2019

"Words cannot express how happy I am with my experience this summer. At the end of program, I was sad I had to leave and return to school. I would 100% want to continue this experience into next summer. I would highly recommend working for CHAT. Anyone who is given this opportunity in the future is truly honored.”

Lauren Anthony

Lombard, Summer 2019

"Volunteering at CSLD’s LEAP into Literacy program this past summer is an experience for which I am extremely grateful! Not only did I have a blast working with the children as we sang songs, read stories, and practiced rhymes every day, but I also loved working alongside two passionate and creative speech-language pathologists. The knowledge I gained from these clinicians helped me tremendously with my transition from undergraduate to graduate school."

Gemma Skokna

VCA Summer 2018 Aide

"Being a summer program aide for CSLD is what fortified my desire to be an SLP. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from such passionate and knowledgeable SLPs. This experience also helped me grow professionally. It proved to me how rewarding it is to work with children with such immense potential and the eagerness to learn. The CSLD is filled with great people who instill the most supportive environment and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it!"

Alex Nowak

Chicago Summer 2017 Aide & Distinctive School Summer 2018 Aide