About Our Internship Program

We established our internship program as a vehicle to support ongoing programs and offer college and graduate students the opportunity to learn and gain experience in a small, non-profit environment. The ideal intern is a dynamic individual who is interested in autism and shares our passion for helping people with autism and their families. writing-application-applying-graphic-iconWe look for someone who excels at detail-oriented work, but thinks strategically and never loses sight of the greater purpose of a project. Interns work closely with key staff members on projects of high value to the autism community and OAR, and in the process, gain meaningful work experience in a non-profit organization with a national focus.

Prospective applicants should understand that OAR is not a clinical setting. We provide support through educational outreach and our interns will engage members of the autism community as part of their work. Interns will not be delivering interventions, conducting original research, or regularly interfacing with families face-to-face.

Due to the pandemic, we have temporarily discontinuing the internship program. Please check back for updates.


Roles and Responsibilities

For Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, we are seeking interns with interest in one or more of the following areas:

  • Manage the blog, social media, and latest news.
  • Write original articles and lay out content for the online newsletter and websites.
  • Conduct outreach among members of the autism community to distribute guidebooks and educational resources.
  • Serve as project assistant for a program initiative on the topic of education, autism siblings, safety, military families, or other priority topic.
  • Update and maintain the OAR websites.
Desired Qualifications

Programs and Outreach interns typically pursue courses of study in fields related to autism (social sciences, human services, education, psychology, speech-language pathology, etc.) or outreach (communications, marketing, public relations, etc.). However, college students and recent graduates with any major may apply.

Other desired qualifications include:

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Familiarity with social media management
  • Experience with graphic design
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a small, dynamic team


The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is looking for an intern to join our Hire Autism team. The ideal intern is a dynamic individual who shares OAR/Hire Autism’s passion for helping people with autism find meaningful employment. **Individuals with autism are encouraged to apply**

Roles and Responsibilities

The Hire Autism intern will support the team in the development and production of resources, help enhance the organization’s digital communications strategy, and assist with other programmatic/operations initiatives.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, we are seeking interns with interest in the following areas:

Communications and Social Media

  • Develop regular content to advance Hire Autism’s social media presence
  • Track social media engagement, growth, and analytics
  • Draft content for newsletters and press releases
  • Research prospective employers or partners
  • Initiate correspondence with job seekers with autism and prospective employers/partners

Resource Development

  • Assist staff with developing resources for online employment resource center
  • Conduct research to inform resource development

Database/File Management

  • Enter job seekers’ and employers’ information collected from the Hire Autism website into database
  • Create and organize new job seeker folders

Outreach and Event Support

  • Assist with targeted outreach communications to promote Hire Autism events
  • Represent OAR/Hire Autism at community outreach events
  • Assist staff with event planning and day-of-event operations
Required Qualifications:
  • Undergraduate or graduate student (Open to any major)
  • Proficiency using MS Office and Google Suite
  • Experience with social media platforms
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small dynamic team
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum
  • Experience using CRM/Databases
  • Proficiency using graphic design/video programs (Photoshop, Indesign, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, etc.)

Additional Details

Interns are treated as staff members throughout their internships. They complete meaningful projects, have their own work spaces, attend meetings, offer insight when appropriate, and maintain a high level of professionalism. Interns receive supervision from their departmental supervisor and have regular contact with the staff.

During the academic year, interns are expected to work a minimum of 250 to 350 total hours per semester and recent graduates may choose a full-time internship. Days and work hours are flexible to accommodate class schedule. OAR offers both a modest stipend of $7.25 per hour and class credit pending, school availability and approval.

The OAR office is located within short walking distance of the Court House Metro station (orange line) in Arlington, Va. Interns must arrange their own housing and travel to and from the office.

Interested in Applying?

resume-application-graphic-iconPlease submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for two (2) references by the stated deadline. The letter should explain why you are interested in an intern position with OAR, what you hope to accomplish, your qualifications, and your specific area(s) of interest. Please e-mail all materials to intern@researchautism.org with desired internship and your semester of choice in the subject line (ex. Programs and Outreach Internship – Spring 2021).

For more information or questions, please e-mail intern@researchautism.org

Please note: We are flexible in negotiating remote positions as needed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Fall 2020 semester – July 31, 2020
  • Spring 2021 semester – November 13, 2021