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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, Barry Chlebnikow.


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 is open to peer volunteers between the ages of 8 and 10 years old to serve as typical peer models for clients in our Kid’s Korner social skills program. Kid’s Korner runs Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 pm at our Remson Court clinic. For more information, please contact Ashley Stonemetz-Walding at 434 923-8252.

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 Larry Garretson at 434 923-8252.