Intern Program

Who should apply

  • Social Work majors 

  • Psychology majors 

  • Childhood Development majors 

  • Nonprofit Management majors 

  • Child and Family Studies majors

  • Students interested in working with individuals with autism

  • Advanced Masters students seeking clinical supervision


  • Be available at least 12 hours per week. Some tasks can be done offsite.

  • Must demonstrate excellent writing skills, especially technical writing, and ability to communicate concisely and professionally via emails, fliers, and web articles.

  • Need three letters of recommendation.

Interns will receive the following experiences and opportunities 

  • Shadowing behavior therapy, ABA therapy, or family therapy performed by a licensed psychologist or LCSW. Clients age range from 2 years old to adulthood.

  • Observing psychological assessments performed by a licensed clinical psychologist.

  • Working with kids with autism at childcare events, workshops, or in the clinic.

  • Shadowing independent living training being given to young adults with autism.

  • Developing a greater understanding of autism spectrum disorders.

  • Making connections with many other resources and service providers in our region.


Intern tasks, projects, and responsibilities

  • Assisting clinicians schedule clients and help with client file management.

  • Answering phone calls and emails from families seeking resources and helping them find appropriate center-based programs and resources provided at the CAC and others.

  • Creating fliers to communicate upcoming events and programs.

  • Creating content for weekly email newsletter.

  • Updating content for website.

  • Assisting in grant writing (or, depending on skill level, completely writing small grants).

  • Assisting in nonprofit management tasks.

  • Exhibiting at events: Set up our display, hand out materials, engage in face-to-face communications with the community, discuss the programs the CAC provides.

  • Participate in planning committees for annual autism conference and autism walk

To apply for internship:

Submit the following:

1. Letter of Interest. Including:

  • Name and contact information

  • Major (minor if applicable)

  • Reasons why you would be a good fit for this practicum


2. Letters of recommendation from three references who will attest to your reliability and writing ability

3. Writing sample that demonstrates your ability to communicate information to the public 


Email these items to

Call 423-531-6961 opt 4 with any questions

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Chattanooga Autism Center

1400 McCallie Avenue, Suite 100

Chattanooga, TN 37404

(423) 531-6961 (option 2)

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