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.

Spring/Summer 2020 Opportunities

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. 

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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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PEER Potential™ and Promotions Lead (funded; 12-15 hrs per week) will support efforts related to the launching, coordination and communications of the PEER Potential program, a peer to peer mentoring program. With research reflecting the tremendous benefits upon social learning and self-regulation for peers with and without disabilities in transition and college settings. Limited to IUPUI students.

Project Coordination and Communications Lead (funded; 12-15 hrs per week) will support overall coordination and communications among HANDSmade™ sites, interns and mentors. In addition to support of the HANDSmade™ program, the Project Coordination and Communications Lead will serve to coordinate other activities that pertain to support of student and volunteer mentoring and coordination, the launching of the PEER Potential™ program, event coordination and prep, and scheduling and tracking support for HANDSmade™ and service-based program efforts. Limited to IUPUI students.

Ongoing Opportunities

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.

Check out the following pages to learn more about these opportunities:

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.