Fourth Year Au.D. Externship

Description of Placement

The Center for Childhood Communication (CCC) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) commits to being the world leader in helping children reach their full potential by delivering integrated family-centered clinical care, innovative research and quality education in childhood communication and its disorders. The CCC offers a fourth year Au.D. externship each year, usually beginning in July and ending in June.

Clinical experiences are customized to meet the needs and interests of each extern. Experiences may include behavioral assessment, physiologic assessment, amplification selection/verification/validation, cochlear implant services, vestibular testing, inpatient consultations, family support groups, and more. Our externship also includes a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellowship


When considering candidates, we look for bright, motivated individuals who have experience working with pediatric patients and want to become pediatric audiologists. We have a large staff (~40 audiologists) and our clinical setting is demanding and fast-paced.

Application Information

For questions, please contact Danielle Leisner by email or calling 215-590-4272. We request that interested students please submit the following:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (need not be official)
  4. One-page essay (Topic: Why are you seeking a pediatric-focused externship and what are your goals for this externship?)

The application deadline is September 15. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and early submission is encouraged. These materials may be sent electronically to the email above or via U.S. mail to:

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Department of Audiology

3500 Civic Center Blvd.

Philadelphia, PA 19104

ATTN: Danielle Leisner, Au.D., CCC-A – Audiology Department

Selection Process

We review applications and conduct telephone interviews with strong candidates from August through late September. Following phone interviews, we send a skills survey to top candidates to have three references (one clinical supervisor, one professor and one of the candidate’s choice) complete and return (in lieu of letters of recommendation). We invite the top 3-5 candidates to CHOP for face-to-face interviews in early October. Offers are extended by mid-October.

Competition for our externship position is substantial. We are fortunate to receive inquiries from students in top programs throughout the country.