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Internship and Volunteer Placement

The internship and volunteer placement with the Autism Program at Boston Medical Center provides undergraduate and graduate level students the opportunity to participate in a rich applied hospital based placement supporting children and families. The program relies heavily on the support, creativity, and drive of student interns and volunteers in various capacities based on the program and individual student’s needs. The student intern or volunteer works with BMC Autism Program staff including the Program Director, Program Manager, Family and Transition Navigators, Autism Resource Specialist and Autism Friendly Project Coordinator (as well as clinicians and other interns/volunteer staff) in executing many aspects and components of our family support program, as identified in the project descriptions below. Interns and volunteers also have the opportunity to observe diagnostic and follow-up clinic appointments with Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric clinicians, as well as participate in a plethora of training opportunities.

For more information about the internship program, please contact Lauren Bartolotti at [email protected] or 617.414.3691.

Applications

To apply for an internship/volunteer opportunity, fill out our online application

Please adhere to the application dates below, otherwise your application will be missed. 

  • For Fall placements, please submit your application between the previous April 1st-June 1st.
  • For Spring placements, please submit your application between the previous September 1st-November 1st.
  • For Summer placements, please submit your application between the previous January 1st-March 1st.

For all other placements including inter-sessions or shorter term placements, or questions regarding the application process, please email [email protected].


The BMC Autism Program has developed ongoing collaborative partnerships with several local colleges and universities across the metro Boston area. More broadly, however, our students and volunteers come representing many more educational institutions from all across the state and across the country.

General Programmatic Operations

  • Monitoring the database which tracks patient referrals
  • Creation of new resources, such as handouts and toolkits, around topics of interest/need
  • Management of social media platforms including content development and engagement with followers
  • Identification of statewide supports, programs and resources for families
  • General administrative tasks such as: managing the program hotline, maintaining the in-clinic resource library, and assisting in creating marketing materials for fundraising events, trainings and community partnerships
  • Supporting staff in referral execution
  • Participating in development of trainings and workshops for parents/ professionals/community members as well as community outreach initiatives

Parent Leadership in Autism Program (PLAN)

  • Meeting planning and preparation
  • Facilitation of follow-up survey with supported families
  • Social media and program marketing

Teens Engaged as Mentors Program (TEAM)

  • Event planning and preparation
  • Community outreach and donation solicitation
  • Social media and program marketing
  • Analysis of quantitative data

Autism Friendly Hospital Initiative

  • Research related tasks including quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Website and marketing support
  • Quality Improvement Projects
  • Patient and family phone calls for the Autism Support Checklist

Navigation

  • Bilingual assistance with executing family referrals, including meeting with families to complete forms and applications
  • Attendance at community meetings with staff and families
  • Resource development on self-advocacy and post-secondary transition planning specifically written for youth

Advocacy Efforts

  • Partnering with program staff and clinicians around a range of advocacy efforts—including but not limited to barriers to treatment for minority populations, language access rights etc.

Required:

  • Comfort and/or experience working with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and communities.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, communication, and time-management skills.
  • Ability to effectively contribute within a team setting, in addition to working independently and an ability for self-accountability
  • Capacity and willingness to learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder and related issues faced by families navigating the diagnosis, as well as associated community based agencies, programs, resources and supports, under the mentorship of the Program Manager and BMC Autism Program staff.

The Autism Program at Boston Medical Center is committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence. We actively promote and recognize principles of fairness, equity, and social justice in relation to, and across, intersections of race, age, color, disability, faith, religion, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, social class, economic class, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, and all other identities. By actively fostering an environment and mission of inclusion, we acknowledge the collective and individual talents, skills, and perspectives of all persons collaborating with and supporting our work that productively contribute to accomplishing the goal and mission of our program.

Preferred:

  • Prior professional work or personal experience with an individual impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Proficiency in a language other than English

Fall 2019

Chihchen Huang, Northeastern University (Post-Bacc)
Deryn Fishman, Tufts University (Graduate Capstone)
Elana Bricker, Boston University
Hannah Riehl, Tufts University (Graduate)
Nichole Kyprianou, Boston University
Pema Maretich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Pooja Sonikar, Boston University (Dual internship with BU CARE)
Samir Ahmad, Boston University
Sylvia Zhou, Boston College

Summer 2019

Annie Dumont, Medway High School
Chihchen Huang, Northeastern University (Post-Bacc)
Christine Huang, Bryn Mawr College
Elana Bricker, Boston University
Katie Lagana-Foley, Quinnipiac University
Maja Kalkofen, University of Twente '19
Mary Morrison, Saint Anselm College
Olivia Gaffney, Lesley University '19
Pema Maretich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Pooja Sonikar, Boston University (Dual internship with BU CARE)
Samantha Treff, Penn State University
Zachary Bisconti, Tulane University

Spring 2019

Abigail Kraines, Northeastern University
Amanda Carvalho da Silva, Emerson College
Belinda Tanuwijaya, Tufts University (Graduate Capstone)
Chihchen Huang, Northeastern University (Post-Bacc)
Darcie Lester
Elana Bricker, Boston University
Elizabeth Farber, Boston University
Kate Finegold, Harvard University (Graduate)
Pema Maretich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Pooja Sonikar, Boston University (Dual internship with BU CARE)
Roksolana Sikyrynska, Boston University
Sarah Ellenor, Tufts University (Graduate)
Sarah Fahey, Boston University
Sharon Chao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stephanie-Cara Durbano, Boston University

Winter 2019

Amanda Carvalho da Silva, Emerson College
Belinda Tanuwijaya, Tufts University (Graduate Capstone)
Chihchen Huang, Northeastern University (Post-Bacc)
Darcie Lester
Maja Kalkofen, University of Twente
Olivia Gaffney, Lesley University
PKG IAP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Amy Liu
Katherine Hahn
Lia Hsu-Rodriguez
Margaret Zhang
Meghan Davis
Meghana Kamineni
Merryn Davis
Nolawit Mulugeta
Ohyoon Kwon
Sarah DiIorio
Shreya Thipireddy
Sharon Chao
Taylor Sorenson

Fall 2018

Amanda Carvalho da Silva, Emerson College
Belinda Tanuwijaya, Tufts University (Graduate Capstone)
Chihchen Huang, Northeastern University (Post-Bacc)
Darcie Lester
Emili Husain, Boston University
Maja Kalkofen, University of Twente
Pooja Sonikar, Boston University
Roksolana Sikyrynska, Boston University
Sharon Chao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stephanie-Cara Durbano, Boston University
Sura Hassoun, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science
Tess Jacobson, Tufts University

Summer 2018

Cara Birkby, Boston University
Chihchen Huang, Northeastern University (Post-Bacc)
Christine Huang, Bryn Mawr College
Katherine Lynch, New York University
Maddie Speaker, Penn State University (Dual internship with BU CARE)
Megan Platt, Elon University
Olivia Gaffney, Lesley University
Pooja Sonikar, Boston University
Renee Vogel, Boston University
Sarah Thurlow, College of the Holy Cross
Sophie Rinkoff-Murland, Boston University '18

Spring 2018

Cara Birkby, Boston University
Daniel Cahill, Boston University (Graduate Thesis)
Eri Tomikawa, Boston University
Jacalyn Bedard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Graduate)
Jenna Terio, Tufts University
Julia Goupil, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kaitlyn McArdle, MS, BCBA, LABA
Kirquenique Rolle, Boston University (Dual internship with BU CARE)
Samson Park, Cornell University '14
Sharon Chao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sophie Rinkoff-Murland, Boston University
Yichen Zhu, Tufts University (Graduate)

Winter 2018

Christine Huang, Bryn Mawr College
Daniel Cahill, Boston University (Graduate Thesis)
Olivia Gaffney, Lesley University
Four Weeks for America, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Amy Zhang
Anubhav Arora (Graduate)
Claire Nobuhara
Coral Bays-Muchmore
Jacalyn Bedard (Graduate)
Julia Goupil
Kenechukwu Egbuonu
Lia Hsu-Rodriguez
Maedeh Marzoughi
Melody Phu
Philip Tran
Roma Pradhan
Samuel Solomon
Sharon Chao

Fall 2017

Asia Williams, Northeastern University
Courtney Grygiel, Tufts University
Daniel Cahill, Boston University (Graduate Thesis)
Jaanvi Sant, Tufts University
Jenna Terio, Tufts University
Julia Goupil, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kirquenique Rolle, Boston University (Dual internship with BU CARE)
Sharon Chao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Summer 2017

Andrea Wood, Wheaton College
Christine Huang, Bryn Mawr College (Dual internship with BU CARE)
Hanna Dunsky, University of Connecticut
Jenna Terio, Tufts University
Julia Goupil, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Spring 2017

Jenna Terio, Tufts University
Julia Goupil, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Katherine Farnsworth, Harvard University (Graduate)
Nicolle Garcia, Bridgewater State University
Phanirekha Chandra, Boston University (Dual internship with BU CARE)
Sama Halawani, King Saud University '13

Winter 2017

Four Weeks for America, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Amy Zhang
Andrew Hall
Chittampalli Yashaswini
Helena Ma
Julia Ginder
Julia Goupil
Julie Kim
Luzdary Ruelas
Raymond Liu
Yvette Abadi

Fall 2016

Ana Goodenberger, Northeastern University
Aurora Phillips, Tufts University
Phanirekha Chandra, Boston University (Dual internship with BU CARE)

Summer 2016

Cara Aborn, Trinity College
Rachel Hantman, University of Washington
Shamaila Khan, Brandeis University

Spring 2016

Elizabeth Wolock, Tufts University
Liza Ashley, Northeastern University
Megan Souza, Tufts University
Simone Dufresne, Tufts University (Graduate Capstone)

Fall 2015

Chrissie Massrey, Tufts University '14
Joyce Kao, Social Work Intern
Maddy Kenler, Tufts University
Samantha Fine, Tufts University
Samantha Watts, Boston University
Simone Dufresne, Tufts University (Graduate Capstone)

Summer 2015

Chrissie Massrey, Tufts University '14
Christina Besosa, University of Georgia
Elana Lerner, Alvernia University (Graduate)
Julia Slater, Tufts University

Spring 2015

Chrissie Massrey, Tufts University '14
Lauren Gabriel, Tufts University (Graduate)
Lauren Mattera, Boston University
Lindsay Rosen, Tufts University (Graduate)
Rachel Wright, Tufts University

Fall 2014

Kara Czeczotka, Boston University
Rachel Wright, Tufts University
Sara Taxman, Tufts University

Summer 2014

Alyssa LoGrasso, Clark University
Grace Conway, Wake Forest University
Hayley Grossman, Tufts University

Spring 2014

Gabby Horner, Tufts University
Jillian McDermott, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Shannon McHenry, Tufts University

Fall 2013

Jacquelyn Roche, Northeastern University
Samantha Straitz, Boston University
Sasha Parodi, Boston University

Summer 2013

Dan Vogel, Colby College
Jolie Strauss, Tufts University
Laurie Steiglitz, Boston University