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 2022

We are accepting applications for Research Clinical Interns for for the 2022 summerMAX and summerMAXyc programs.  Please note that while the status of the COVID pandemic is unknown for the summer of 2022, we remain optimistic that we will be able to conduct the summerMAX and summerMAXyc programs in the summer of 2022.  We successfully conducted the 2021 summerMAX programs while adhering to all health and safety mandates.  

The Research Clinical Intern 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.  The summerMAX program serves children from seven to twelve years old and the summerMAXyc program serves children ages four to six years old.  A Research Clinician’s day starts an hour before the treatment day starts to an hour after the program ends.  Stipends for Research Clinical Interns start at $3,300.  Placement in programs will be determined after the interviews.  In addition to the program dates noted above, there is also mandatory 40 hours of training that all interns must attend the week of June 20th (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 2022 are not eligible unless they are enrolled in a graduate program. The summer program is conducted 5 days a week for 5 weeks in the summer.  The summerMAX treatment day runs for 7.5 hours while the summerMAXyc treatment day runs for 6 hours a day.  The start date for the progams is tentatively June 27th however the start date may be delayed depending upon the state of the ongoing pandemic at that time.  As noted, our hope is that we will be able to run the programs as we did in the summer of 2021.


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 2022.   

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