Internship Opportunities

DD Council and SAAC group photo holding banners in front of a county building

We are offering internships to high school students who are interested in learning more about individuals with developmental disabilities (Autism, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, etc…) The internship is open to students age 17 or older statewide.

If you are interested in making new friends, and meeting some extraordinary individuals then this is for you.  

The internship program consists of an online application, online interview, 4.5 hours of online modules and then depending on the student’s choice 20-60 hours of interning at an Adult Day Health Center. Currently we are working with the following adult day health centers; The Arc of Maui, Ka Lima O Maui and Easterseals Waimea on Kauaʻi. 

This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing a career in nursing, education, psychology, social work or the medical field. However the knowledge you will gain from the internship can be applied to any field of work including human resources, business, politics, etc.

Goals and Objectives for the students include learning: 

  • About different communication techniques (Visual aids, Sign language, Non-verbal behavior)
  • How to modify an activity and implement 1 activity in (art, music, physical exercise, self-advocacy, or another area of participant interest)
  • About self-advocacy and Developmental Disability Awareness Month
  • About issues and barriers individuals with developmental disabilities face daily and how that would relate or impact your future career path. 

**Stipends are available to students once they have completed their hours**

For more information please contact: Amelia Kyewich-Kaneholani, Kauai Program Specialist for the Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities at 

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