Thank you for your interest in learning more about volunteer opportunities at the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT)! The important work that ASAT does in promoting science-based treatment for individuals with autism could not happen without our volunteers. Currently, ASAT has over 50 volunteers and externs who work tirelessly to fulfill their commitment to evidence-based autism treatment. Volunteers have the opportunity for professional growth and networking through collaboration with an array of knowledgeable, seasoned professionals who aim to promote the advancement of science-based treatments for autism.
There are many important roles that volunteers play within our organization. Some volunteer activities include, but are not limited to:
- Helping to promote our website, www.asatonline.org;
- Helping to promote our newsletter, Science in Autism Treatment;
- Writing journal article synopses and other items related to autism treatment;
- Monitoring and/or responding to misinformation from the media and promoting accurate information through our
Media Watch initiative;
- Reviewing website content and checking website navigation;
- Helping to compile and update links and resources for visitors to our website;
- Creating databases; and
- Participating in and assisting with fundraising activities
To learn more please see our Volunteer Announcement. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please submit the ASAT Volunteer Application. It is important that volunteers communicate their specific interests so that their service to ASAT can be a mutually satisfying experience.
If you are interested in a more extensive and structured experience, please consider a 150 hour Externship with ASAT. We accept Externs with a wide arrange of backgrounds from high school through advanced graduate training. Externship activities revolve around the following:
- Writing for our quarterly newsletter or for our website (e,g., Clinical Corner);
- Proofreading content of our quarterly newsletter;
- Learning how to critically evaluate published research;
- Learning about grant writing and participating in all aspects of the process starting with grant research and selection, and culminating in actual submission;
- Learning how to evaluate and critique media representations of autism treatment;
- Learning about fundraising conceptualization, development, and execution both at the community and national levels;
- Actively participating in social media and learning about its use to convey information to the autism community;
- Learning about autism services in other parts of the world and engaging in efforts to promote dissemination and awareness of science-based treatments;
- Working alongside Board Members in an array of writing, editing and fundraising activities; and
- Participating in monthly Extern conference calls to share ideas, update on externship activities, and discuss seminal articles.
If you are interested in applying to the Externship Program, please submit the ASAT Externship Application.
We look forward to hearing from you. If you are interested in other ways you can support ASAT, please visit our How You Can Help Page