Externships, Clinical Observations and Volunteer Opportunities

Externships, Clinical Observations & Volunteer Opportunities

The University of Illinois College of Dentistry 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.

However, no volunteer opportunities are currently availible for pre-dental experiences for prospective dental and international dental degree program applicants. Please contact a private dental office for such experiences. More information is at PreDental Resources.

Current UIC-COD students seeking externships: please download and 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.

Faculty Dental Practice
Oral Medicine/Orofacial Pain Clinic
Oral Surgery
Prevention & Public Health Services


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 at Chicago College of Dentistry

Please submit all materials to:

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