The Head & Neck Institute Section of Audiology offers an annual Audiology Externship at Cleveland Clinic campuses in the Greater Cleveland, Ohio, area. Opportunities are available at main campus and satellite family health centers. The externship begins in May and runs for 12 months.

The key components of our clinical education mission is to immerse our Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) externs with the breadth and depth of contemporary diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology practice in an academic medical center. We aim to build upon and expand the academic and clinical knowledge base provided by university faculty and clinical preceptors.

Clinical experiences include:

  • Audiologic behavioral assessment across the lifespan.
  • Audiologic management across the lifespan including fitting devices such as hearing devices, assistive technology, cochlear implants, bone-anchored devices, and DM systems; auditory-based therapy, and sound therapy for tinnitus treatment.
  • Electrodiagnostics across the lifespan including newborn diagnostics (ABR, ASSR, and OAE), electrocochleography, VEMPs, NRT/I, and intraoperative monitoring.
  • Vestibular assessment and management.
  • Observation of ENTs in clinic and operating room.

Students will engage in scholarly activities which may include: presentations, journal clubs, Grand Rounds, lectures and/or evidence-based projects.

Learn more about the Section of Audiology in Cleveland Clinic’s Head & Neck Institute

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Meet the Audiology Team

How to Apply

Cleveland Clinic invites those enrolled in an accredited Audiology program and in good academic standing to apply for this opportunity.

Prior to the student submitting their application, the academic institution must make the initial contact. All correspondence will be between Julie Honaker, PhD, CCC-A  and the clinical placement coordinator at the academic institution. This step is critical to review important terms for audiology externs:

  • Cleveland Clinic may provide a stipend/scholarship for the AuD Extern Year if funds are available. The stipend, however, must be paid to the academic institution, not directly to the student. The academic institution will be responsible for paying the student directly.
  • Cleveland Clinic reserves the right to utilize our own evaluation form for summative and formative review of extern performance.
  • There may be a fee for establishing the Clinical Affiliation Agreement; the fee will be the responsibility of the academic institution. Currently, the fee is $500; the amount is subject to change without notice. This fee may sometimes be negotiated.
  • A fee of $50 will be assessed for each student to cover the cost of onboarding. This must be paid by the academic institution by the end of the first semester in the externship. Students will not be invoiced by Cleveland Clinic for this fee as the fee is the responsibility of the academic institution. This is non-negotiable.
  • The student must maintain general liability and professional liability insurance in the amounts of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and $3,000,000 in annual aggregate.

Application process:

  • Once the academic program has agreed to the externship terms listed above, students should submit a cover letter, resume, and three letters of recommendation. Email [email protected] or send to:

Julie Honaker, PhD, CCC-A
Head and Neck Institute
Cleveland Clinic A-71
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44195

In accordance with the Audiology Clinical Education Network, we will adhere to the following timeline for the Fall of 2021:

  • September 10, 2021: Deadline for submitting application materials. All materials will be reviewed and students will be notified as to whether an invitation to interview is extended or not.
  • October 15, 2021: Interviews will be completed on or before this date.  Note, final selection is based on a formal interview.
  • October 20, 2021: Offers of externship extended at noon.
  • October 24, 2021: Deadline for students to accept offers of externship
  • Ongoing: Supplemental offers may be extended to students if positions are not filled. Process closes on November 20, 2021.

Inquiries regarding the application process may be directed to [email protected].