Opportunities for Students

We are looking for students interested in gaining research experience and/or course credits as part of a practicum, independent study, externship, or internship experience. Contact hands@iupui.edu for work study or other paid options.

Student Support Specialist

This role will be 20 hours a week, for $12/hour. Eligible for Work Study. Responsibilities may include:

  1. Updating of multiple HANDS in Autism® project calendars
  2. Returning calls to potential/current consumers
  3. Scheduling client visits and filing paperwork
  4. Sending communication to training participants
  5. Assisting with updating event tracking spreadsheets
  6. Assisting with preparing and proofing communications that go through Salesforce
  7. Assisting with compiling reports on open cases within the CRM
  8. Participating in data collection, entry and representation for clients and activities
  9. Taking part in meetings, as needed and related to understanding upcoming events and engagement pushes to assist in communications
  10. Assisting with the development of procedural guides/information
  11. Identifying contacts in and out of state and reaching to these contacts for PR and communications about services, trainings, events
  12. Completing other tasks as requested by HANDS administration

Research Assistant

(volunteer position; preference for 15 hrs per week) will take part in our program where they will gain experience in research and research tools (e.g., REDCap, data management, EndNote, literature evaluation, basics of charts and graphs, and data visualization) while also building relationships with our collaborative partners, such as the Ruth Lilly Medical Library and Department of Biostatistics. 

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HANDSmade Mentor

(volunteer position; preference for 15 hrs per week): gain real-world experiences and access opportunities to engage with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as they build and with the community in various settings as they learn about ASD and other developmental disabilities. Learn more about HANDSmade

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Field-Based Assistant

(volunteer position; preference for 15-20 hrs per week) will work alongside HANDS staff and individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other related disabilities to facilitate a broad range of high-profile community initiatives designed to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and professionals affected by special needs. This opportunity is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are fulfilling class or other requirements for field-based study.

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Program Assistants

HANDS also provides opportunities for students and volunteers looking for a more limited service experience without the constraints of a particular number of hours.  These students and volunteers may opt for a one-time opportunity or more depending upon the needs of the Center and the interests and skills of the individual.  Activities might include program-level support of HANDS staff working with individuals with ASD or other disabilities, preparation for specific programs or events, and/or participation in particular community or awareness events or initiatives.

Coordinated Care Technician

Reports to: HANDS Administrators

Works in collaboration with: Care Coordinator; Community Trainers; other HANDS providers/staff


  • Data collection across settings
  • Data entry, preparation and review of assessment and treatment materials
  • Preparation of materials and supports for home and community-based visits
  • General support to the care coordination team
  • Fluent Spanish/certification to translate is strongly desired


  • Minimum a bachelor’s degree in psychology, special education, social work, or related human services field
  • Interest in providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual disabilities (ID), dual diagnoses and concomitant severe behavioral and mental health symptoms.

If interested, contact Naomi Swiezy, Ph.D. directly at nswiezy@iupui.edu to state your interest and share your resume.

School/Community Consultation Elective for Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows

The HANDS in Autism® (“HANDS”) School & Community Consultation Medical Elective has been designed to provide learners in medical education with an opportunity to shadow, engage and learn about school experience and community living particularly as it relates to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and a range of other special needs.

Learn more about the Student Elective option.

Don’t see the activity of interest for you?  Have other ideas for participation?  Please contact HANDS in Autism® at 317-274-2675 or hands@iupui.edu. Also view our Volunteer Opportunities page for more ways to get involved.