no image

Employment Spotlights: Supporting Students with Autism and LD

CIP Autism Support Jobs

CIP’s career department provides all students with real-life internship and job experiences, with a goal of 100% internship placement rate annually. Our highly trained staff provides guidance in matching students’ interests or fields of study with their abilities to obtain appropriate internships. Supports with job placement include developing resumes, career exploration, and performing mock interviews.

As we get ready to begin a new term at CIP, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the employment sites and partnerships we have established over the last few years, and welcome some new businesses who are eager to help support our students.

CIP Berkeley

    • We Rock the Spectrum: A student studying early childhood development is developing educational activities to implement at an all-inclusive gym for children on the Autism Spectrum.
    • Local Greens: A hydroponic (no soil) farm. Students here are support the distribution of healthy greens to local Whole Foods and Safeway stores.
    • San Francisco International Airport: A student passionate about transportation and hospitality shares his knowledge with patrons to help them find and coordinate flights.
    • Berkeley Community Media: At this non-profit television station, a student worked on various news, live music, and scripted productions, including a short film for the White House Student Film Festival.

CIP Berkshire

    • Barrington Stage Company: A student who loves the performing arts worked in the fundraising office, getting a glimpse of the various pieces that need to come together for a theater company to be able to put on successful performances.
    • Norman Rockwell Museum: Students worked with the Educational Curator to help prepare exhibits dealing with particular themes in Norman Rockwell’s work and assisted with large tours from various schools.
    • Bradley Farm: Students learned the value of a local farm and the benefits of farm-to-table dining, while simultaneously being introduced to all aspects of a farm’s operation, from feeding the animals to restocking the store’s shelves.

CIP Bloomington

    • Blueline Media: A student assists in photography, editing, and marketing for this expansive and diverse media publishing company.
    • The Warehouse: Students at this after-school program work on maintaining a safe and friendly environment for those middle to high school students interested in rock climbing, skate boarding, basketball, and boxing at the site.
    • Wonderlab: Children’s Science Museum: Students are in charge of creating a positive and safe presence where children can learn and explore though the museums exhibits and scientific demonstrations.
    • Goodwill Industries: At this non-profit store, a student is developing her skills in customer service, while maintaining a clean and appealing store by organizing clothes and displays.

CIP Brevard

    • Harmony Farms: Students with a love for animals can assist at this local therapeutic horseback-riding program by sidewalking riders (promoting safety) and grooming, saddling, and exercising the horses.
    • Brevard Zoo: As a CIP Platinum Partner, the Brevard Zoo has provided our students with an array of internship opportunities in the free flight aviary, Africa platform with the giraffes, the Petting Zone with alpacas and goats, and special events for more than a decade.
    • King Center for the Performing Arts: Students interested in the theatre are able to work side by side with the Director of the Youth and Outreach Program at this 100,000 square foot facility dedicated to educational, cultural, and community events.
    • Melbourne and Suntree Public Libraries: Students who want to share their love of reading can assist library patrons at the front desk and in the children’s library, shelve books, process courier shipments, and assist with data entry and office work. As a long-term CIP partner, Brevard County Public Libraries have hired a number of our CIP Brevard students.

CIP Long Beach:

    • Meals on Wheels: A student dedicated to giving back to the local community delivered meals to homebound clients.
    • American Red Cross: Student volunteered his time interacting with blood donors after they have donated blood.
    • GoFetch: A student who loves working with animals worked at a doggy daycare facility caring for the animals.

Job Interview
Berkeley Community Media Internship
Melbourne Public Library Internship

This has been a special needs program update from Asperger’s & LD College Programs. You may also click here to read the original article on the main program website.