LEND Audiology Externship

The Program

The Audiology Externship functions within the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. The LEND program promotes leadership, research skills, and clinical expertise in graduate level health care professionals who intend to devote their careers to working with children, youth and adults with a variety of health conditions including developmental disabilities.

Audiology Externs receive clinical experience and training within the audiology clinics at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC)/Doernbecher Children's Hospital, and the OHSU Otolaryngology Outpatient Clinic. Both clinics are on the OHSU Marquam Hill Campus, within walking distance of each other. Externs spend 50% of clinical time in each setting, rotating between each clinic site every three months. The Pediatric Audiology program at Doernbecher Children's Hospital provides a wide range of diagnostic services to infants, children, and adolescents. Services primarily involve comprehensive diagnostic evaluations including behavioral hearing assessments, otoacoustic emissions, middle ear analysis, and auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing. Pediatric audiology is also a part of the CDRC interdisciplinary outpatient clinics for children with developmental disabilities and special health needs, including Craniofacial Disorders, Genetics, Down Syndrome, Autism, Neurodevelopment, Child Development, NICU Follow-up Clinic, and the Hearing Loss Clinic. The OHSU Audiology Outpatient Clinic operates within the Department of Otolaryngology. A full range of diagnostic and management services are offered both independently and in conjunction with physicians. Services include differential diagnosis, vestibular testing, pediatric and adult cochlear implants, pediatric and adult amplification, and bone anchored hearing devices (baha).

Audiology Externs collaborate with other trainees in speech-language pathology, psychology, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and developmental pediatrics. Leadership skills are developed through clinical practicum, continuing education, participation in community organizations, advocacy projects, and a mentored clinical research project. The AUCD and OHSU WEB sites also have information about our program and LEND programs in general: http://www.ohsu.edu/oidd/LEND/index.cfm and www.aucd.org.

The externship is 12 months in duration, beginning in August and ending in July. A modest stipend is provided.

Please direct any questions to Kristy Knight at

Application Requirements

The application deadline for externships beginning in August 2017 is October 3rd, 2016.
We request that applicants submit:

  1. Professional vita or resume that includes information in the following areas:
    • Clinical experience: Please provide dates and locations of each clinical practicum site and include a description of the practicum setting (community clinic, hospital, university audiology clinic, and information about the patient population). Please describe your experiences and responsibilities, and list the number of hours per week at each site.
    • Education
    • Membership in professional and learned societies
    • Honors and awards
    • Papers published, presented, in press
    • Clinical and research interests
    • Research experience
    • Major extracurricular interests
    • Other relevant experiences
    • References: Please provide three letters of recommendation.  At least one should come from
      your academic program and two from clinical supervisors. 

3. An official transcript of your graduate work.

4. A letter of intent/personal statement describing your interests and goals for your Audiology Externship.

* Persons with disabilities and/or diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply

No participant, employee, student, beneficiary, or potential beneficiary of the Oregon Health & Science University shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other applicable basis in law. Direct inquiries should be sent to Jilma Meneses, OHSU Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, or to the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services.

We encourage applicants to submit application materials electronically (to Kristy Knight at ).

Letters of reference may be submitted electronically as long as they are on letterhead, signed by the writer, and originate from the writer’s email.  Letters of reference may also be mailed from the writers address, or by the applicant as long as the reference letter is sealed in an envelope and signed across the seal. 

Application materials may be mailed to

Kristy Knight
LEND Training Coordinator, Audiology
OHSU Institute on Development and Disability
LEND Program
707 SW Gaines Street
Mail Code: CDRC
Portland, OR 97239 

After the application deadline, selected candidates will be invited to an online video interview. 

Applicant Qualifications:

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited AuD program and must have met all requirements for graduation with the exception of the Fourth Year Externship.

  1. Requirements when an externship position is offered and accepted:
    OHSU provides professional liability insurance covering externs. However, OHSU requires "double coverage". Thus, professional liability insurance must also be provided by either the extern or his/her home institution. Coverage limits must be at least $1,000,000 per occurrence, and $3,000,000 aggregate.
  2. Externs are required to provide proof of current vaccinations, and if the full panel required by OHSU is not current, then the extern will need to update vaccinations at his or her expense. For more information about required vaccinations, please visit the OHSU Student Health Services website http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/student-services/joseph-trainer-health-wellness-center/
  3. Externs are required to provide proof of personal medical insurance coverage.
  4. Final appointment to the externship position is contingent upon satisfactorily passing a background check that includes, but may not be limited to, criminal offender inquiry. Prior conviction does not necessarily disqualify an applicant. As appropriate, a risk assessment will be made that considers the conviction relative to the essential functions as an extern, the time frame in which the offense occurs, and any mitigating circumstances. Applicants concerned about potential issues are welcome to contact the site early in the application review and selection process.
  5. Additionally, an extern may be expected to successfully pass a drug screen, completed potentially at the expense of the applicant, prior to final appointment as an extern. Again, this would be completed after a position is offered and accepted.
  6. Please check back to this webpage for updated information regarding these and related issues.