Internships & Volunteering

The Virginia Institute of Autism offers volunteer opportunities and internships on a case-by-case basis to students and professionals interested in autism or autism-related fields.


In order to be an internship candidate, individuals must be able to gain academic credit or have an outside source of funding (e.g. fellowship) while working at VIA and must commit to a minimum of 140 on-site hours. Those not able to commit to 140 hours will not be considered eligible for internships and will be considered for part-time positions.

Interns will receive training in basic principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) as well as applied teaching methods used in VIA’s programs. Additionally, interns will have the ability to observe and be trained to work with individual students.

Anyone interested in an internship should contact the Director of Education Services, Jessica Doucette.


Due to the training and background checks required for positions in our programs, we currently are only able to accept volunteers for very specific circumstances.

The VIA Outpatient program makes occasional use of school-aged volunteers to serve as neurotypical peer models for clients in our social skills programming. If you are interested in having your child volunteer as a peer mentor, you can contact Ashley Stonemetz-Walding at 434 923-8252 for more information.

Our Development Department uses volunteers for special events, such as our 5K Run for Autism in the spring and our Gala in the fall. For more information about available opportunities, please contact Renee Gimber at 434 923-8252.