INSTITUTE FOR AUTISM RESEARCH

INSTITUTE FOR AUTISM RESEARCH

IAR Internships

Researchers at the IAR are committed to training the next generation of researchers and practitioners through advanced academic, research, and clinical and community-based experiences. Graduate and undergraduate students work closely with members of the IAR on a range of research and clinical projects that enhance their professional development.

Researchers conduct studies and implement programs throughout the academic year and during the summer. These require the involvement of many graduate and undergraduate research assistants in all facets of the projects. Students gain critical research and clinical skills while also having the opportunity to earn academic credits and/or a stipend (when funding is available).

Undergraduate and graduate student positions on the team are competitive. If you are interested, please complete the following online IAR Intern Application.  You will be asked to upload  a cover letter describing your interest and experiences, your vita/resume, and a copy of your unofficial transcript with this application.

Internship Openings: Summer 2015

We are presently accepting applications for Research Clinician positions for the summer of 2015.  We will be conducting one of three summerMAX studies/programs this summer:

Program 1:

This study involves having a community partner, Autism Services, Inc., replicate our summer program.  This is the final step we need to complete before we disseminate summerMAX nationally.  We have validated the effectiveness of summerMAX via two randomized clinical trials conducted through the IAR and now we are seeking to demonstrate the manualized program can achieve the same results when implemented by a community agency.  Thus this summer, Autism Services Inc. will be conducting the manualized program as a randomized clinical trial.  All children who qualify will be randomly assigned to either receive the treatment in one of two sessions.  Session one will be conducted 7 ½ hours a day, Monday through Friday, over 5 weeks, from June 29th –July 31st and session two will be conducted 8 hours a day, Monday through Friday, over 4 weeks, from July 27th–August 20th.

Program 2:

We will be conducting summerMAX in the IAR at Canisius with children who are presently enrolled in our schoolMAX study or who have participated in prior summerMAX or MAXout programs.  While the treatment is not being evaluated, we will be conducting studies examining characteristics and features of autism spectrum disorders.  This program will be conducted 7 ½ hours a day, Monday through Friday, over 5 weeks from June 29th –July 31st

Program 3:

We are looking to develop and adapt our present empirically supported summerMAX program for children between the ages of 4-6 years old.  This program will also be conducted at the IAR at Canisius College over the same 5 weeks as Program 2 for 6 hours a day. 

The Research Clinician position plays a critical role in delivering the treatment programs to the children.  Responsibilities include facilitating intensive social skills groups, leading therapeutic activities, instituting a structured behavioral program, collecting data, and data entry.  A Research Clinician’s day starts an hour before the treatment day starts to an hour after the program ends.  Stipends for this summer will range from around $1500 to $2500 depending upon the program assignedPlacement in programs will be determined after the interviews.  In addition to the program dates noted above, there is also a mandatory week of training from June 22nd to June 26th that all interns must attend.   

summerMAX has been conducted since the summer of 2003.  Several peer-reviewed research studies have been published on both the validity of the treatment for children ages 7-12 years old.  We have also studied characteristics and features of high functioning autism spectrum disorders.  As noted above, this summer we will be trying to develop a program for younger kids. 

The focus of summerMAX is to teach social skills and provide multiple opportunities for the children to practice skills taught.  Specifically we work on 4 main areas that are problems for children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders: social skills, interest expansion, interpretation of non-literal language (idioms), and face and affect recognition.  Each day is divided up into 5-8 treatment cycles (depending upon program).  The first third of each cycle consists of instruction that includes role play and modeling.  After this instruction, the children participate in a therapeutic activity in which they practice the skills they were just taught in a cooperative group exercise. 

These positions are open to graduate and undergraduate students.  Students who graduate in May of 2015 are not eligible unless they are enrolled in a graduate program. 

To apply, please complete the following online IAR Intern ApplicationYou will be asked to upload  a cover letter describing your interest and experiences, your vita/resume, and a copy of your unofficial transcript with this application.  Internship positions are competitive and interviews will begin in January of 2015. 

If you have questions, you may contact us at 716-888-2800 or iar@canisius.edu.