Student Volunteer Summer Teaching Experience

The National Autism Conference offers college students a unique opportunity to take advantage of conference presentations and gain experience hours working with students on the autism spectrum. We are looking for up to 10 highly motivated student volunteers to work with children with autism during the conference.

Deadline to Apply: extended to Friday, June 30

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Details and Eligibility

We are looking for student volunteers interested in gaining experience working with children with autism at the Children’s Institute held during PaTTAN’s National Autism Conference July 31–August 3, 2023, at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to gain experience working with children with autism and partake in your choice of conference sessions presented by internationally known experts in the field of autism!

We need:

  • Ten highly motivated student volunteers who are energetic and enjoy a summer camp atmosphere to work with children with autism during the National Autism Conference.
  • Volunteers must be working toward a degree in education, child development, special education, psychology, social work, or other human service field.
  • Volunteers must submit copies of Act 34, Act 151, and Act 114 clearances by the start of the conference.


  • Complimentary conference registration.
  • Lodging reimbursement up to $140 per night, for a maximum amount of $560, during the conference (receipts required) if you live at least 30 miles from the conference location.
  • Meal reimbursement up to per diem expense for meals that are not provided as part of the National Autism Conference. Per diem rate is $31 for dinner. (Continental breakfast, lunch and break service are provided at the conference.) First and last day of travel will be reimbursed at 75% of the per diem no matter what time the traveler departs or returns. Meal receipts are not required.
  • Mileage to be reimbursed at 65.5 cents per mile and tolls, if you live more than 30 miles away from the conference location.
  • Certificate of completion for successful completion of the volunteer position.
  • Hours count toward your work experience requirement.
  • Volunteers will work with children ½ day and attend the National Autism Conference for ½ day.

Time commitment:

  • One full day training on Autism and instructional practices.
  • Planning and preparation with the child care teams mid-July at IU 10.
  • Four full days at the National Autism Conference, from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Teaching experience applicants will be awarded by Friday, June 30.

Contact Amiris DiPuglia at if you have any additional questions.