Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI), a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts, recently announced a partnership relationship with Assumption College in Worcester as it pertains to the company’s internship program. As part of the agreement, BCI and the school will partner to help recruit Assumption College undergraduates for its fall and spring internship programs.
“With one in 68 births resulting in a diagnosis for autism spectrum disorder, the demand for direct staff trained in applied behavior analysis will be tremendous in the years to come,” said Dr. Jeff Robinson, BCI founder and director of BCI. “The internship program with Assumption is a positive step toward developing the next generation of clinical staff to help meet this demand.”
As part of its internship program, Assumption students will work a total of 30 hours a week at BCI or its onsite school, the Center for Applied Behavioral Instruction (CABI). The Human Services/Rehabilitation Studies department at Assumption College is now accepting resumes for internships in the fall.
BCI interns typically are college students with aspirations of being a clinical coordinator or therapists. BCI interns have most often been psychology, education, special education and criminal justice, though all majors are welcome to apply. Students must receive course credit to participate in BCI’s internship program.
In addition to Assumption College, BCI has similar relationships with Fitchburg State University, Worcester State University and Quinsigamond Community College. In addition to a one-semester internship, BCI offers a year-long fellowship program for Worcester State University students.
“We’re in the business of teaching very important skills to children with autism. Yet the learning is certainly not limited to our students. I think as instructors and clinicians, we learn every bit as much from our students as they do from us,” said Dr. Robinson. “For a college student who wants to be in that kind of environment, I can promise you will get quite a bit more out of this experience than course credits.”
College students interested in applying for an internship at BCI during the fall semester of 2016 can send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or by snail mail to: Behavioral Concepts, Inc., 345A Greenwood Street, Worcester, MA 01607, ATTN: Dr. Jeffrey Robinson.
College and universities interested in internship opportunities for their undergraduates should also contact Dr. Robinson at email@example.com or by calling 508-363-0200.