Your Home for Externship Resources

Finding an externship opportunity can be challenging. The SAA wants to make the process easy. Find resources to navigate the externship journey here, including 2021 externship survey findings, an externship guide, a general externship timeline, and more.

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Resume Review

You think your resume is ready to submit, but is it really? Find out by asking for constructive and qualified feedback.


2021 Externship Findings

In April 2021, the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Education Committee surveyed 166 AuD students regarding the externship application timeline. Here is what they found.

April-July (Prior year before externship starts)  72.3% of students surveyed began preparing for the externship search (i.e., learning about the process, developing resume/CV).
August-September Almost three-fourths (73.5-74.7%) of students began applying to externships. The majority (59.6%) of students submitted between five-ten applications throughout the externship search.
September-October Over two-thirds (66.9-68.1%) reported having an interview.
September, October, and November

83.2% of respondents reported the highest volume of acceptances towards the end of year.


Audiology Clinical Education Network (ACEN) Externship Timeline

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 2022-2023 application cycle:

  • Friday, September 23, 2022 - Application Deadline
  • Monday, September 26, 2022 - Interviews Begin
  • Friday, October 21, 2022 - Interview Complete
  • Monday, October 24, 2022 (11:00 am EST) - Offers extended
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022 (7:00 pm EST) - Response deadline
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022 (7:00 pm EST) - Subsequent offers begin


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

2020 - 2021 Externship Guide

American Board of Audiology's National Registry of Audiology Preceptors

Clinical Education Guidelines for Audiology Externships

2018 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