Your Home for Externship Resources

Finding an externship opportunity can be challenging. National SAA wants to make the process easier. Find resources to navigate the externship journey here, including the 2022 externship survey findings, an updated externship guide, a general externship timeline, and more.

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Resume Review

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2022 Externship Findings

In 2022, national SAA surveyed 179 AuD students regarding the externship application timeline. Here is what they found.

  % ACEN Sites That    Made Offers   % Non-ACEN Sites     That Made Offer
 Before Wed.,     October 20   42.3%   67.9%
 On Wed.,   October 20   40.2%   4.3%
 After Wed.,   October 20   41.9%   43.9%
 % ACEN Sites That   Did Not Make Offers   % Non-ACEN Sites   That Did Not Make   Offer 
 Before Wed.,     October 20   57.9%    32.2% 
 On Wed.,   October 20   57.9%    95.7% 
 After Wed.,   October 20   58%    56% 

Externship Timeline

Suggested timeline developed by the Audiology Clinical Education Network (ACEN)

The Audiology Clinical Education Network (ACEN) offers a standardized timeline for application, interview, and offer and acceptance processes of the externship. Participating sites will follow the following timeline for the 2023-2024 application cycle.

In addition to the timeline, ACEN has outlined general expectations for all stakeholders involved in the process.


Preceptors post externship opportunities on HEARCareers year-round with the bulk of the postings starting in May and peaking in August and September of each year. When you are ready to begin your search, create a FREE job seeker profile on HEARCareers and customize your experiences by uploading your resume, filtered searches parameters based on your needs, and setting up job alerts.

However you conduct your search, develop a strategy to stay organized throughout the process. You may want to create a spreadsheet or keep a notebook of all the sites you are interested in. Write down each site’s application deadline and required materials so you can plan out your time accordingly.


Resources for the Fourth-Year Externship

2022 - 2023 Externship Guide

American Board of Audiology's National Registry of Audiology Preceptors

Clinical Education Guidelines for Audiology Externships

Externship Survey Results


Professional Liability Insurance

Many changes in the healthcare industry have increased personal exposure to an allegation of negligence. And, whether or not the allegation is valid, students need to be able to protect themselves and their families from the financial consequences of a lawsuit. The Student Academy of Audiology has endorsed the professional liability insurance program offered through Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO). The Academy reviewed many programs before endorsing this plan and we selected this program because of the plan’s many benefits, affordable rates, and commitment to superior service.

This professional liability insurance program through Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO) is designed to protect your assets and cover your expenses in the event of a suit being brought against you for malpractice. This plan is underwritten by CNA and is designed to meet the unique needs of today’s audiologists and student audiologists during their externships.

CNA has been a leader in providing professional liability insurance coverage for over 30 years and is rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best, Inc., one of the nation’s leading independent insurance analysts.

For more information on the professional liability insurance plan offered through HPSO, visit their website, call 800-982-9491, or e-mail