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Summer Autism Internship application open for 2022

Posted by on Friday, January 21, 2022 in FCAI News, News.

This upcoming summer, the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation will hold its fourth annual Summer Autism Internship Program. This will include a cohort of research interns, all of whom are neurodivergent. This internship will focus on science and engineering (STEM) related projects. You may apply to be a research intern if you are currently completing or have just completed your bachelor’s degree. Interns will be compensated and given a housing/travel stipend.

The internship program, which was designed to be similar to the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), is now sponsored by Vanderbilt University. It is funded by an HHMI professor grant to Frist Center Director and Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy Keivan Stassun.

Dr. Dave Caudel with several of the summer 2019 interns and mentors. (Photo by Susan Urmy)

Frist Center Associate Director Dave Caudel, PhD’17, works year-round to make the Summer Autism Internship a reality. Caudel, who received his doctorate in physics from Vanderbilt, has been consistently impressed with the interns’ accomplishments. Former graduates of the Frist Center and Currey Ingram Academy’s Workforce Readiness and Preparation (WRaP) camp are especially encouraged to apply. WRaP is a program designed to assess the talents of teens on the autism spectrum and teach them job skills.

While the Frist Center hopes to have the Summer 2022 internship in person at Vanderbilt University, local safety guidelines permitting.
If you are interested in being an intern, fill out this application by Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.