All CIP students develop comprehensive employment skills through extensive training, counseling, community service, resume development and internship and job placements.
Competitive jobs require employees with social skills, the ability to manage executive functioning tasks such as time management and organization, and independent living skills.
For those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and learning differences, the ability to obtain a competitive job that provides a living wage dictates the development of these competencies. CIP’s holistic and strength-based approach assists students in realizing and developing their place as citizens of the world.
Internships & Jobs
Internships are an important part of the CIP experience. Our highly-trained staff provides guidance and support in matching students’ interest or fields of study with their abilities and placing them in appropriate internships. CIP has an initiative for 100% student internship/job placement each enrollment year.
Each CIP location offers a variety of opportunities along with job support groups, helping students with learning differences maximize their work-related experience. Internships help build solid resumes, provide valuable experience and can lead to paid positions in the workforce.
Volunteering can provide valuable pre-employment experience both socially and vocationally. Students can explore their interests in a safe environment, often with their peers. Community service also assists in building self-esteem and self-confidence and expanding ones interests.
CIP offers proven programs which provide instruction and support with communication skills, individual career counseling, job coaching, assessments and portfolio development. Students receive individual instruction helping them prepare for the workforce. Supports include building resumes, career exploration, and performing mock interviews.
Career Skills Training & Employment Program (C-STEP)
Students who enter CIP’s full-year program may choose to focus on a career development pathway instead of enrolling in an area college. C-STEP offers those individuals additional services including small group workshops that are challenging, informative, and focused on personal and professional success.C-STEP Program Info
The Mploy Job Readiness Program is designed for young adults with ASD and LD ages 18 to 26 who are interested in entering the workforce and transitioning to independent living. Participants develop employment readiness skills, learn self-advocacy, develop friendships and take part in activities designed to help them prepare for their future.Visit www.mploy.org
Example Internship & Employment Partnerships:
- Alta Bates Hospital
- Center for Ecological Technology
- East Coast Computers (IT support)
- eWareness (graphic and Web design)
- Florida Wildlife Hospital (caring for injured animals)
- Foreign Car Clinic (automotive)
- High Lawn Farm
- KPFA Radio Station
- Michael Flower Photographer
- Muddy Brook Elementary School
- Norman Rockwell Museum
- Oakland Zoo
- Red Cross (office assistance)
- ReStore (Habitat For Humanity store)
- Royal Toyota
- Secretly Canadian (recording company)
- Shalom Center
- Starving Artist Creperie and Cafe
- Wonderlab Museum of Health, Science & Technology
- Wuesthoff Hospital (medical filing and filing for Pathology)