SCHOLARS Apprenticeship Program at The Kinney Center

Students Committed to Helping Others Learn about Autism Research and Support

The SCHOLARS Apprenticeship Program provides new students the opportunity to become involved in the Kinney Center and undergo extensive training the summer prior to attending Saint Joseph's University.

Overview

  • Students accepted into the SCHOLARS Apprenticeship Program will get a head start in pursuing their careers in autism-related fields with extensive training and extensive hands-on experience working with individuals with autism.
  • Apprentices are required to enroll in IHS 465 "Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders" during the second summer session (06/24/2013-08/01/2013), attend the Kinney Center's SCHOLARS training program during the last two weeks of June, and staff Camp Kinney (06/24/2013-07/03/2013). Arrangements can be made for students who need room and board prior to their freshman year.
  • Apprentices will receive an hourly wage for the apprenticeship year (summer, fall, and spring semesters) and will have a lighter workload, fewer responsibilities, and fewer hours as compared with seasoned SCHOLARS. If students master the SCHOLARS Apprenticeship, they will continue on as SCHOLARS and receive an hourly wage, along with an increase in hours and workload.

Minimum Requirements

  • Accepted to Saint Joseph's University as an undergraduate freshman or transfer student
  • Academically qualified (GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Committed to community service
  • Experience working with children
  • Interest/experience working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders
  • Planning to enroll in IHS 465 "Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders" during the second summer session (06/24/2014 - 08/01/2014)
  • Able to attend the Kinney Center's SCHOLARS training program during the last two weeks of June
  • Able to staff Camp Kinney (07/01/2013-08/01/2014)
  • Able to obtain the following clearances:
    1. Pennsylvania State Criminal History Record (Act 34)
    2. Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 51)
    3. Federal FBI Criminal History Report
  • Show proof of Tuberculin Skin Test
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Able to work evening/weekend/summer hours

Minimum Required Hours Per Semester

  • 60 hours / Camp Kinney (summer only)
  • 20 hours / Social Skills Program
  • 10 hours / Kinney Sports Program
  • 10 hours / Kids Night Out
  • 10 hours / general training
  • 10 hours / special events
  • 10 hours / office support

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support, plan, and implement appropriate lessons
  • Monitor program participants' progress
  • Record and study data
  • Assist with social, behavioral, and educational assessments
  • Supervise and provide direct care for program participants
  • Participate in staff meetings and ongoing staff training opportunities

Application Requirements

  • Complete the online application, which includes:
    1. Submitting a letter of application that includes a statement of your interest and unique qualifications for the Apprenticeship
    2. Submitting a description of your commitment to community service
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a person qualified to assess (1) your ability to perform the duties required of a SCHOLARS Apprentice and (2) your dedication to your work
    1. Direct your recommender to http://kinneyautism.sju.edu/apprenticeship/recommendation/ to fill out an online recommendation form
    2. Inform your recommender that the Kinney Center staff may be contacting them to verify the recommendation
  • Apply to Saint Joseph's University as an undergraduate freshman or transfer student.

Any Questions?

Please visit the inquiry page to submit your question about the SCHOLARS Apprenticeship Program OR send an email to kinney_apprenticeship@sju.edu.

Information for undergraduate student already attending Saint Joseph's University

This program is designed for high school seniors and potential transfer students. If you are an undergraduate student already attending Saint Joseph's University, please visit the SCHOLARS page.