The College Internship Program, a Resource for LD Students

Assistant Editor, Carnegie Communications

Last Updated: May 4, 2016

The College Internship Program (CIP) strives for success--and internships, as they are commonly known, are just the beginning. CIP provides young adults with Asperger’s, ADHD, Nonverbal, and other learning differences with the social, academic, career, and life skill instruction needed to prepare for a successful and happy life.

CIP gives its students the opportunity to attend classes in a collegiate setting and independently participate in career development classes. Year-round programs can be found in Massachusetts, Florida, Indiana, California, and New York for students typically between the ages of 18–26 that may be socially naïve with a low average to high intelligence level.

All students begin CIP by creating Person-Centered Plans, which help students focus on short and long-term goal setting from the start. This is done in an exciting and visual manner by using PowerPoint presentations created by each student outlining his or her goals within the program. Each student’s goals are visually tracked and modified throughout the program and can be used for the development of realistic life goals in the future. With a curriculum based on work done by the Professional Advisory Board Members, students can also concentrate on developing real-life skills, such as social thinking, executive functioning, sensory integration, and wellness.

CIP students experience life skills with the supportive living arrangements they are offered. Students are able to feel independent when they want, but still have enough support from their roommates, neighbors, and CIP staff members when needed. The residential staff works one-on-one with each student to enforce organization skills, planning and time management, and cooking and cleaning instructions. As each student improves these skills, they demonstrate greater independence and will need less supervision as time goes on.

To learn more about the admission process or answer any questions you still have about the College Internship Program, visit their website.

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