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Shadower/Observer Opportunities

Attention: UPMC Rehabilitation Institute outpatient physical, occupational, and speech therapy is not accepting shadowers/observers at this time. Please check back at a later date.

A shadower is a person who wishes to observe therapy programs to determine if he/she/they would like to further their education in this field. Duration is 5 to 6 hours maximum and is a one-time event.

An observer is a person who is in need of observer hours when applying to a college therapy program. Duration is up to 20 hours over two to three weeks.

Perks of Shadowing/Observing

  • Helping others
  • Exploring academic and career options
  • Gaining valuable experience for future pursuits (applying for college, employment, etc.)
  • Forming meaningful relationships

Shadower/Observer Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Complete the online application
  • Attend orientation (applicants will be contacted regarding orientation dates)
  • Interview with the program coordinator to discuss interests, availability, and possible assignments

Shadower/Observer Opportunities

The team at UPMC Rehabilitation Institute are experts in outpatient physical, occupational, and speech therapy.

Please note: not all opportunities listed are available at all times. Opportunities will be discussed in detail during the interview process.

If you have any questions, please contact the volunteer coordinator at

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