Internship Opportunities

The Autism Society of Illinois internship program welcomes students and recent graduates who wish to broaden their education and professional experience by working and learning in a not- for –profit organization.  All ASI departments offer experiential education in a challenging, hands on-environment in exchange for a substantive contribution from talented and interested individuals.

ASI is a not-for-profit 501 © (3) organization created more than 38 years ago for individuals with autism, parents, families, professionals, corporate partners and friends whose lives have been touched by autism.

ASI, a state-wide affiliate of the Autism Society of America (ASA), works to impact the lives of people with autism.  Its objectives are to provide educational and practical support for parents, increase public awareness of autism, offer a referral network of professional and promote legislation that directly impacts individuals with autism and their families.

There are three application deadlines and selection periods per year.  Internships require a minimum commitment of sixteen hours per week for three months, during which time interns complete a specific target project as well as daily assignments.  Interns also participate in departmental meetings, special events, and various educational trainings.

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The Application Process

Applications may be submitted electronically by emailing and attaching your application form, resume, two letters of recommendation and additional materials be submitted by the appropriate deadline.  Letter of recommendation may be submitted.  Letters of recommendation may be submitted separately with the applicants name in the subject line.  When submitting electronically, only one copy of each document is required.  Include your school’s credit requirements in the e-mail.

When submitting an application by mail, send three copies of your application form, three resumes, two letters of recommendation, and any additional materials by the appropriate deadline. If applicable include your school’s credit requirement.

Please send all application materials (including letters of recommendation) to:

Mary Kay Betz
Executive Director
The Autism Society of Illinois
2200 S. Main Street, Ste. 205”
Lombard, Illinois 60148

Application materials are under review for approximately two to four weeks after the deadline. Candidates for interviews will be notified by email.  Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Autism Society of Illinois does not offer paid internships.
Internship Term                                                               Application Deadline
Summer Term  (May-August)                                    March 15
Fall Term (September-December)                           July 15
Winter/Spring (January-May)                                   November 15

If you have any questions about applying for an internship, please email or call the Autism Society of Illinois at 1.630.691.1270

Please chose from the following internships when applying

Development: Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations
Interns participate in drafting proposals to corporations, foundations, and government-funding sources to request restricted and unrestricted support for the Autism Society of Illinois.  Interns also assist staff in writing reports and conducting research on prospective funding sources.  Applicants should include writing samples with their application. Candidates should have computer and administrative skills.

Development: Individual Giving
Interns offer support to staff working with unrestricted individual gifts to the Autism Society of Illinois.  Duties include Annual Fundraising Appeal and programs-planning support and assisting with the execution of solicitation of mailings.  Candidates should have computer and administrative skills.

ASI Programs:  Information and referral, Advocacy, Support Services
Interns will work with ASI staff to support families and individuals affected by autism in the state of Illinois.  Training will be provided.  Candidates should have good researching skills and some knowledge of autism spectrum disorders.

Marketing and Media Relations:
Interns will assist in creating visibility for the Autism Society of Illinois and attracting new members.  They will also assist in marketing the Autism Society of Illinois to potential donors and database management.
Interns write press release, assist in filming PSA’s and promotional videos.  Interns will work to promote the Autism Society of Illinois in all Social Networking avenues.  Interns will maintain all email alerts and website updates.  They also assist with program related research, handle inquires and visits from the media, and manage all listing distributions for all public programs.



Interns participate in all aspects of the membership program.  Duties include researching how to convert families affected by autism to members and donors, organizing direct mailings and contributing ideas for membership drives.  Interns will also maintain the membership data base and perform administrative tasks.

Education and Outreach:
Interns will provide organizational and on-site support for several educational programs.  These will include support groups, trainings, and conferences.  Interns will reach out to the community at large to build an Autism Friendly business listing.
Interns will work towards finding donation and/or sponsorships for family and individual outreach programs.  Will provide training on Autism.


Internship Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are transcripts necessary?
A:  No, we do not need transcripts.

Q:  What kind of education background do you need to have to apply?
A:  Any, but students going to college in the internship involvement areas are preferred.

Q:  Do you have to know a lot about Autism to apply?
A.  No, Autism training will be provided through IITAP online course study.

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