About Our Internship Program

We established our internship program as a vehicle to support ongoing programs and fundraising efforts, and at the same time, 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 or conducting original research.

Roles and Responsibilities

The general roles and responsibilities for the Programs and Outreach internship are:

  • Be the project lead or lead assistant for an ongoing program initiative.
  • Keep a continuous “pulse” on the autism community; compile news stories to share via the OAR Web site, newsletter, blog, and social media
  • Update and maintain websites

For Fall 2017, we are seeking interns with interest in one or more of the following areas:

  • Communications and social media
  • Back to School outreach – Engage schools with OAR’s peer education and college resources, professional development tools, and volunteer opportunities
  • Sex education resource – Assist in the development of OAR’s newest resource
  • Applied research – Write summaries of applied research studies for the general autism community
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Interns are treated as staff members throughout their internships. They complete meaningful projects, have their own workspaces, 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 semesters, interns are expected to work between 100 and 200 total hours. The Fall period is September 1 – December 15. Day and work hours are flexible to accommodate class schedules.

OAR offers both a modest stipend ($7.25/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.

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.)
  • Outreach (communications, marketing, public relations, etc.)

However, college students (or recent graduates) with any major may apply.

Other desired qualifications include:

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Competency using Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with professional Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Experience with graphic design
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a small, dynamic team
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 (please put the desired position name in the subject line) or mail them to:

Organization for Autism Research
Attn: Internship Program
2000 North 14th Street, Suite 240
Arlington, VA 22201

For more information or questions, please call (703)243-9710 or e-mail intern@researchautism.org.

Deadline: Applications for the 2017 Fall Internship Program are due Thursday, August 31, 2017.