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Audiology Externship (Minnesota)

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Program overview

Program length: 1 year
Class size: 2 students
Location: Rochester, Minnesota

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers a one-year Audiology Externship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. This program provides in-depth clinical knowledge and skills that enable you to provide high-quality, comprehensive audiology care. Education focuses on providing patient care and state-of-the-art clinical audiology services to patients of all ages. 

Application process

The program runs from the beginning of June to the end of May the following year.


To be eligible to apply for the Audiology Externship, applicants must have a master's degree in audiology and be enrolled in an accredited Doctor of Audiology program. Candidates must have completed the didactic portion of the degree before being admitted to the externship.

In addition, applicants must obtain a Minnesota doctoral externship temporary audiology license.

How to apply

Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences by Oct. 1.

1. Online application. Complete the online Application for Admission. After you sign in to the ApplyYourself tool, select Application for Admission (not Lite Application). Electronically submit three letters of recommendation, at least two of which must be from health professionals.

2. Supporting documentation. Submit the following materials to the program director ( via email:

  • An official transcript of all college and university credits
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required on the application; results from other college entrance examinations, such as the ACT or SAT, are desirable
  • A summary of clinical practicum hours
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Application essay

3. Interviews. Applicants considered for an appointment may be invited to participate in phone or personal interviews with the program director and selected faculty.

4. Acceptance. Appointment is determined at the conclusion of the interview process. Appointment letters are sent out by Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. Your appointment to the program is dependent upon successful completion of the health review and background check.

Admission policies

See the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences non-U.S. citizen applicants policy.

See further Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

Stipend and benefits 

A stipend of $33,000 for the Audiology Externship is paid to you in biweekly installments over the course of the 12 months. There are no tuition fees.

You receive 10 days of paid vacation in addition to the six regular Mayo Clinic holidays.

Living expenses such as transportation, housing, and meals are the responsibility of the student.


The Audiology Externship consists of comprehensive clinical training to ensure that the program meets your training goals. During your training, you have the opportunity to rotate through all of the clinical areas in the Division of Audiology at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, including:

  • Pediatric and adult audiological evaluations
  • Posturography
  • Videonystagmography
  • Rotational chair testing
  • Canalith repositioning procedures
  • Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials
  • Auditory evoked potentials
  • Otoacoustic emissions
  • Hearing aid selection, fitting, and dispensing
  • Adult aural rehabilitation programs
  • Cochlear implant evaluation and programming
  • Newborn hearing screening
  • Tinnitus counseling
  • Equipment calibration
  • Opportunity for clinical research
  • Opportunity for quality improvement projects
  • Local presentations within the department of otorhinolaryngology and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
  • Opportunity to present at a national audiology conference

Through the externship, you gain experience in the many facets of an active audiology practice. Close and positive relationships with otorhinolaryngologists offer a unique learning environment. You have the opportunity to complete projects directed by Ph.D.-level audiology staff members.

During this time, you acquire a thorough understanding of departmental philosophy and mission, and skills to identify and solve practice problems using policy development. You learn the elements of performance improvement and participate in the process through departmental initiatives, especially as they relate to patient safety.

You have the opportunity to participate in a monthly videoconference with audiologists from Mayo Clinic's campuses in Jacksonville, Florida, and Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as various Mayo Clinic Health System locations, as research and clinical cases are presented. 


For the majority of the externship, you are in the clinic setting Monday through Friday. You will rotate occasional weekends for newborn hearing screening.

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Audiology Externship, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. 


Mayo Clinic's Division of Audiology employs 26 audiologists and nine audiology assistants. Audiology care providers see patients of all ages with hearing and balance problems. Each year, audiologists at Mayo Clinic perform more than 35,000 procedures and tests. Audiology is a part of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery at Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities. This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.


The Audiology Externship is coordinated and taught by the clinical, scientific, and technical staff of Mayo Clinic. Faculty members are chosen for their commitment to teaching, as well as their clinical practice and research. Many have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields.

The Division of Audiology includes four Ph.D.s, 25 Au.D.s, and one master's-level audiologist. You have direct access to these individuals throughout your training, giving you the opportunity to learn from some of today's best practitioners in audiology.

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