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Externships, Clinical Observations, and Volunteer Opportunities

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The University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry has exciting opportunities for individuals studying at other institutions, who are looking for externship, clinical observation, or volunteer experiences. Additionally there are limited opportunities for “behind the scenes” work such as filing and other clerical tasks. The number and cost (if applicable) of any program is determined by each department.

Note: all externships require an Institutional Affiliation Agreement between the College of Dentistry and your home institution.

How to Apply

Current UIC-COD students seeking externships within the college should complete the externship request form.

Before submitting any materials, you must secure a externship, clinical observation, volunteer or research opportunity through your department of interest.

Oral Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Pediatric Dentistry


Once the department of interest has selected you for a externship, clinical observation or volunteer opportunity, please submit the following:

  • A letter of recommendation from your Dean stating that you are in good academic standing
  • A letter from your Dean stating that your institution will cover your professional liability insurance while you are at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry
  • Externship/Volunteer Request Form
  • A current resume
  • Proof of health insurance

Please submit all materials to:

Office for Clinical Affairs (MC 621)
College of Dentistry
University of Illinois Chicago
801 South Paulina Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612-7212

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Office of Clinical Affairs
Room 301


Download the externship request form