Spring Programs and Outreach Intern (Part-Time)

Academic Credits




Hours per week

10-30 hours / week (flexible)



Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date



2000 N. 14th Street
Suite 240
United States



OAR established its internship program as a vehicle to support ongoing programs and fundraising efforts, and at the same time, offer college and graduate students the opportunity to learn in a small non-profit environment.

The ideal intern is a dynamic individual who is interested in autism and shares OAR's passion for helping people with autism and their families. OAR is looking for someone who excels at detail-oriented work, but thinks strategically and never loses sight of the greater purpose of a project. Interns work closely with key staff members on projects of high value to the autism community and OAR, and in the process, gain meaningful work experience in a non-profit organization with a national focus.

OAR provides support through educational outreach and raises money through its ongoing RUN FOR AUTISM program - it is neither a direct service provider, nor is it a research institute. While interns will engage members of the autism community as part of their work, they will not be delivering interventions or conducting original research.

Roles and Responsibilities

The general roles and responsibilities for the Programs and Outreach internship are:

Be the project lead or lead assistant for an ongoing program initiative by researching and developing informational resources in a specific topic area.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, we are seeking interns with interest in the following areas:

Communications and social media

  • Schedule social media, latest news, and blog posts
  • Develop Community News articles for monthly newsletter

Website maintenance, migration, and design

  • Website maintenance
  • Website design and layouting of military families resource

Resource Outreach

  • Engage school districts nationwide with OAR's peer education resources and volunteer opportunities
  • Conduct schoolhouse and military family outreach for annual Autism Awareness Month campaign


  • Update and maintain research portal
  • Review and prepare research feedback for applicants



Interns are treated as staff members for the duration of their experience. They complete meaningful projects, have their own work spaces, attend meetings, offer insight when appropriate, and maintain a high level of professionalism. Interns receive supervision from their departmental supervisor and have regular contact with the Executive Director and staff.

During the academic semesters, interns are expected to work anywhere between 100 and 350 total hours. Days and hours are flexible to accommodate class schedules. OAR offers both a modest stipend ($7.25/hour) and class credit pending school approval. Candidates interested in extending their internships for multiple semesters are preferred.

The OAR office is located within short walking distance of the Court House Metro station (orange line) in Arlington, Va. Interns must arrange their own housing and travel to and from the office.


Desired Qualifications

Programs and Outreach interns typically pursue courses of study in fields related to:

  • Autism (social sciences, human services, education, psychology, speech-language pathology, etc.)
  • Outreach (communications, marketing, public relations, etc.)

However, students (or recent graduates) with any major may apply.

Other desired qualifications include:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Competency using Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with professional Facebook and Twitter
  • Experience with graphic design
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a small, dynamic team


OAR offers a modest stipend ($7.25/hour) in addition to class credit pending school approval.

How To Apply


Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for two (2) references by November 22. The letter should explain why you are interested in an intern position with OAR, what you hope to accomplish, your qualifications, and your specific area(s) of interest. Please e-mail all materials to intern@researchautism.org (please put the desired position name in the subject line).

For more information or questions, please e-mail intern@researchautism.org.

About Organization for Autism Research

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) was created in December 2001– the product of the shared vision and unique life experiences of OAR’s seven founders. Led by these parents and grandparents of children and adults on the autism spectrum, OAR set out to use applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily. No other autism organization has this singular focus.