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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.

This symbiotic relationship between interns/volunteers and Autism Program/DBP staff provides the program with integral support, and becomes the basis for multidimensional, hands-on learning opportunities for students on their individual pathways toward entering the professional field, thus addressing a national “pipeline” shortage of trained individuals interested in working in high risk communities.

For more information or to apply for an internship/volunteer opportunity, please fill out our online application or contact Lauren Bartolotti at [email protected] or 617.414.3691.


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.

  • Four Weeks for America, a full time/four-week internship placement in partnership with MIT
  • Dual research/applied internship with BU Center for Autism Research Excellence - CARE
  • Child Advocacy internship in partnership with Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Research and Public Policy Practicum placements through BU School of Public Health
  • Field placement partnerships with Northeastern University and Boston College
  • Tufts University Graduate Capstone and Clinical Fieldwork internship placements

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:

  • Background in psychology, child development, social work, human behavior, pre-med, data science, health policy or related fields.
  • 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
  • Experience working with Transition-aged Youth

Summer 2018

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

Spring 2018

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

Winter 2018

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

Fall 2017

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

Summer 2017

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

Spring 2017

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

Winter 2017

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

Fall 2016

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

Summer 2016

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

Spring 2016

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

Fall 2015

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

Summer 2015

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

Spring 2015

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

Fall 2014

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

Summer 2014

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

Spring 2014

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

Fall 2013

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

Summer 2013

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