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 Lyndsey Chiaia by email or calling 215-590-4332 . 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 10. 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: Lyndsey Chiaia, Au.D., CCC-A

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and early submission is strongly encouraged. Telephone interviews will be scheduled with strong candidates from August through early 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 for interviews which will run from September 11 - October 15. In accordance with the Audiology Clinical Education Network, an offer will be extended on October 20th. Competition for our externship position is substantial. We are fortunate to receive inquiries from students in top programs throughout the country. The deadline for acceptance is October 24.