UnityPoint Health - Madison

Volunteering, Internships and Shadowing


UnityPoint Health - Meriter offers a limited number of opportunities for individuals to volunteer in the therapy areas of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and/or Speech-Language Pathology. Interested individuals must make a commitment to volunteer for a minimum of one, three to four hour shift per week for a duration no less than six months. To become a volunteer, one must complete a formal application and orientation which includes but is not limited to undergoing a health screening, providing documentation of immunization, and receiving training/orientation.

For additional information on volunteering at UnityPoint Health - Meriter, please visit the Volunteer Services Page.


We have contracts with a number of universities to offer intern and externship opportunities for students who are currently enrolled in accredited university programs in the areas of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology. Placements may be available to work with therapists in a variety of settings including but not limited to:

  • Inpatient and Outpatient Pediatrics
  • Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (OT only)
  • Adult Psychiatry (OT only)
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation
  • Acute Care

Please contact your academic adviser to determine whether your university has an established contract with UnityPoint Health - Meriter and for additional information.


We offer a limited number of shadowing opportunities for students planning to apply to an Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, or Speech-Language Pathology program. Please note that individuals interested in shadowing Physical Therapists are encouraged to utilize the volunteering program described above. For additional information on shadowing please contact the UnityPoint Health - Meriter Student Fieldwork Coordinator for the program area you are interested in:

Occupational Therapy

Cindy Jernegan: cynthia.jernegan@unitypoint.org

Physical Therapy

Chelsea Endres:  chelsea.endres@unitypoint.org

Speech-Language Pathology

Sharon Bair: sharon.bair@unitypoint.org