Internships and Fieldwork Students (myLIFE)

We are currently looking for students in the following fields:

  • Augmentive/Alternative Communication
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Language/Speech Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physical Education
  • Special Education

The Emory Autism Center's myLIFE program is a perfect complement to classroom studies by helping students gain valuable pre-professional experience.  The program serves as a rewarding learning experience, providing a rich environment for understanding their particular field, building skills and enhancing understanding of how their education will be applied in a professional work environment. 

Our program manager works closely with each student to clearly understand his/her professional goals to ensure field experiences interrelate theory and practice. We also aim to: 
  • Identify what is important to you and interests you most so we can tailor activities so you are best positioned to meet those goals.
  • Increase your knowledge and skills of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by working directly with adults with ASD, and having the opportunity to learn from the group members through LIFEshare (small group sessions held each semester).
  • Create mentoring relationships with our clinical staff members, the program manager and the program director.

Calendar

The myLIFE program follows a typical college calendar with three clear session across the school year:

  • Winter/Spring session: February-April
  • Summer session: May / June
  • Specialty groups: July
  • Fall session: August - November

Goals

To develop an informed and skilled work force by providing students with experiences preparing them for various careers in health, wellness and fitness professions and graduate/professional schools, where they incorporate experiences working with adults with autism (and their families), as well as advancing respect for neurodiversity.

Before You Begin

Interested in doing your fieldwork or internship experience with the myLIFE program? Please contact Toni Thomas to set up a meeting to learn more about the program and to discuss your tentative interest. At that time, Ms. Thomas will be able to tell you whether there is a current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place between Emory University School of Medicine and your college/program.  

Please note that BEFORE any student starts an internship with the Emory Autism Center an MOU must be signed.  If there is a current MOU in place we simply need for you to complete a signature page. If there is not an MOU in place, please check with your school administrator to find out the name and contact information for the appropriate person (we will send them a copy of the MOU to review/sign). 

Once the interview is complete we will notify you of your acceptance as an intern to the program (if all paperwork has been completed).

What to Do

Steps for New Students:
  1. Check out the calendar to view times when each of our groups meet to ensure your open times will work with our schedule.
  2. Complete the interest/availability form so we can learn who you are and the type of interest you have as it pertains to learning more about how to successfully interact, support and become better at understanding a person on the autism spectrum. 
  3. Click on the info and forms link to access application materials.  Please complete and forward to us via email.

Interest & Availability

Information & Forms

Getting involved with the Emory Autism Center's myLIFE program is easy. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Schedule a meeting with Ms. Thomas to review your educational needs.
  2. Complete and return all forms (see below) 
  3. "Student Agreement Concerning Educational Training Program form" will be completed before/on your first day scheduled as part of the MOU

Once complete, either drop off when you meet with Ms. Thomas or send to her via email tthoma2@emory.edu

Forms:

Please do the following:

  • fill in all other information on the page
  • make a copy of your driver's license (the picture MUST BE recognizable - you may have to make your copy lighter)
  • staple the copy of your driver's license and the completed Background Check form together