All CIP students develop career 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 staff provides guidance and support in matching students’ interest or fields of study with their abilities and placing them in appropriate internships. CIP has set forth on an initiative for 100% student internship/job placement for 2012-2013.
Each CIP location offers a variety of opportunities along with job support groups, helping students maximize their work-related experience. Internships help build solid resumes, provide valuable experience and can lead to paid positions in the workforce. At CIP we strive for 100% internship/job placement.
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 choose to focus on career development instead of college academics have the opportunity to participate in small group workshops that are challenging, informative, and focused on personal and professional success.
Examples of CIP Student Internship/Job Placements:
- Center for Ecological Technology
- Wonderlab Museum of Health, Science & Technology
- Shalom Center
- Secretly Canadian (recording company)
- ReStore (Habitat For Humanity store)
- Starving Artist Creperie and Cafe
- High Lawn Farm
- Michael Flower Photographer
- Muddy Brook Elementary School
- Royal Toyota
- Norman Rockwell Museum
- eWareness (graphic and Web design)
- Foreign Car Clinic (automotive)
- Wuesthoff Hospital (medical filing and filing for Pathology)
- Red Cross (office assistance)
- East Coast Computers (IT support)
- Florida Wildlife Hospital (caring for injured animals)
- KPFA Radio Station
- Alta Bates Hospital
- Oakland Zoo