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.

Research Clinical Internship Openings 2023

We are accepting applications for Research Clinical Interns for for the 2023 summerMAX program.  The Research Clinical Intern plays a critical role in delivering the treatment programs to the children.  Responsibilities include facilitating intensive social skills groups, leading cooperative activities, instituting a structured behavioral program, collecting data, and data entry.  The summerMAX program serves children from seven to twelve years old .  The 2023 program will be conducted from 8:50AM to 4:10PM, Monday through Friday from June 26th through July 28th at the Institute for Autism Research on the Canisius University campus.  A Research Clinician’s day starts an hour before the program day starts and and ends an hour after the program ends. Interns will be paid a stipend.  In addition to the program dates noted above, there is also mandatory 40 hour training that all interns must attend the week of June 19th (prior to the program's implementation).   

The focus of all of our summerMAX programs is to teach social skills and provide multiple opportunities for the children to practice skills taught.  Specifically we work on 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/session is divided up into treatment cycles (number of cycles dependent upon program).  The first part 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 2023 are not eligible unless they are enrolled in a graduate program.


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 2023.   

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