Internship Program

Intern applicants are selected based on the current needs of Autism Speaks’ departments throughout the U.S. If your experience (education and/or work) and skills match the needs of a particular department, you may be considered for an internship. Autism Speaks’ internships are unpaid.

Program Objectives

  • Offers first-hand knowledge of the Autism Speaks’ not-for-profit community, its leadership, and departments
  • Provides meaningful career-related work experience
  • Increases department’s capacity to conduct important short-term projects
  • Stimulates interest in career in the not-for-profit sector
  • Exposes students to a broad range of not-for-public endeavors

Internship Program Eligibility

  • Must be currently enrolled at a college or university (online schools are acceptable if they have accreditation by the Department of Education)
  • B.A, M.A, M.B.A
  • Related major, experience, interests, and skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Must be willing to work in an Autism Speaks’ main office location (Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Princeton, NJ) or a field office (located throughout the U.S.)
  • Must be flexible and willing to work within the regular office hours of Autism Speaks (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday); a specific schedule will be determined based on the needs of the department

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Apply?

Apply by e-mailing a copy of your cover letter and resume to Sally Ahmed, HR Coordinator, sally.ahmed@autismspeaks.org. Please include current contact information, as well as your availability and what office location you prefer to intern. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

May I apply more than once?

Yes, as long as you wait three (3) months after your initial resume submission. Please be sure to update your resume and cover letter when re-applying.

Are there deadlines for applying?

If you are applying for an internship for the academic year (September through May), please submit your resume at least six (6) weeks prior to the proposed starting date. If you are applying for an internship for the summer term (June through August), please submit your resume starting February 1 through April 30.

How are interns selected?

The selection of interns will be based on the needs of the individual department requesting the intern, and how well the candidate’s background matches the qualifications of the internship. We will contact only those applicants selected for an interview.

Autism Speaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer