Intern FAQ

What would I do as an intern?

There are many types of internship positions available, and they vary according to each clinical site. The most typical positions include:

  • Classroom: Interns work directly with children ages 18 months thru 22 years old in a classroom setting serving as a behavioral coach. They assist in implementing the child’s treatment and behavioral plan through teaching academic skills, self-help skills, etc.
  • Outreach: Interns assist with community education, in-home programming, school district consultations, as well as potential outcome assessments and curriculum development.
  • Research: Interns collect and compile yearly assessment data, compiling IEP (Individualized Education Program) data for former and current students, and examine the genetics, brain structure and thinking skills of individuals with autism spectrum disorder.  Responsibilities include data entry for a variety of autism and functional assessment tools, assistance with database creation, and data analysis.
  • Administrative: Interns assist in the process of compliance with various regulatory agencies, assist in the planning of training events, and record maintenance. This position is a good fit for a student with a business background, interested in private clinical practice in the future, or who is interested in healthcare administration.


Will credit for this program count toward my major/minor or other on-campus requirements?

Yes, all participating Colleges and Universities have agreements with Spectrum to grant credits upon the successful completion of the Spectrum Program. The credits are granted for the completion of the applied work (i.e., internship) (6-8 credits) and the coursework (4-6 credits).

Applied Work/Internship: clinical partners support interns with full-time work for a full semester (6-8 credits).

  • Internship work takes place 4 days of the week for 15 weeks (approximately 32 hours per week), with one day dedicated to coursework.

Coursework: an on-site course (2 credits) and an on-line course (4 credits) complements the applied work experience.


How competitive is the selection process?

The Clinical Sites determine the number of interns they can support each semester, so the total number of available positions varies. However, your campus liaison is given information about available positions prior to the application deadline and will share that information with you before you begin the application process. Typically, there are about 2 positions per semester for each participating College and University.


How do I fill out an application?

Spectrum requires a GPA of 3.0 and the completion of 30 credit hours for eligibility in the program. In addition, students must have approval from their campus liaison. Approval is based on confirmation of student’s GPA and credit status, endorsement of the financial aid office, and endorsement of the student’s academic advisor to ensure that the student will stay on-track with their academic plan for graduation should the participate in the Spectrum Program.

Upon approval by their campus liaison students will be given a password that allows them to apply to the Spectrum Program.


Does my institution have a campus liaison? If so, who is it?

Yes, every participating College and University has a campus liaison. Please refer to the list on our Academic Partners page.


Where will I take classes, and who is teaching them?

Coursework includes a 2-credit seminar taken at the Clinical Site, and a 4-credit on-line course.

  • The on-site course is facilitated by a staff member at the Clinical Site who is hired by the Spectrum Education Center.
  • The on-line course is facilitated through the Spectrum Education Center.


Where will I stay during my internship?

The Spectrum Education Center secures housing on the campus of the University of Mount Union. Students incur the cost of housing.


How much does this program cost? Is there financial aid available?

Students pay their home institution the normal tuition rate, and then the student’s home institution pays the program directly for its semester fee. The billing process for students enrolled in the Spectrum Program is comparable to that for students participating in Study Abroad programs.


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