How to Apply

Student Fieldwork Experience at the AOTA Headquarters

Fieldwork experience at the AOTA headquarters is available to occupational therapy student members** for level II practice-based fieldwork or for an additional 6 to 12 week experience. (Note: Federal, State and Reimbursement and Regulatory Policy departments require a 12 week minimum.)

Fieldwork at AOTA headquarters offer students the opportunity to gain and strengthen communications, analytical, and organizational skills while increasing their knowledge of AOTA. Students may be involved in national projects and activities in the following areas:

Practice activities:

  • Pediatrics–Develop a power point on the role of OT in addressing the needs of individuals with ASD
  • Ethics–Drafting an ethics advisory opinion and writing/updating ethics FAQs also draft responses for questions in the ethics mailbox
  • Home Modifications–Write brief articles for external publications such as National Association of Home Builders Certified Aging-In-Place Specialists (CAPS) Connection Newsletter
  • Driving–Older Driver Initiative: Awareness building activities that may include site visit(s) to learn more about partner activities and projects (ie visiting NHTSA, The Alzheimer’s Association and/or AARP and then expanding member awareness by adding resources and therapist friendly (translational) descriptions to the Older Driver Microsite.)


  • Research–Disseminating research resources and opportunities, evidence gap analysis, advocating for OT research, attending federal research meetings)
  • Evidence-Based Practice–Dissemination and Translation of Findings from Systematic Reviews: Results of systematic reviews have been made available through CAPs, CAT, AJOT articles, Practice Guidelines, etc. Consider developing a format (Fact Sheet or Q & A) on the individual topics that could explain and highlight the focus of each format and something about the content. Results could be organized by audience e.g. practitioners, consumers, regulatory agencies, referral sources, etc. as a way of translating the findings.

Professional Development:

  • Professional Development (part-time)–Create a professional development resource for members or provide enhancements to a currently existing resource, such as the AOTA Professional Development Tool (PDT)
  • Annual Conference & Expo–Assist in planning the educational program for the Annual Conference & Expo and the AOTA/NBCOT National Student Conclave)

Federal and State Policy activities (e.g. legislation, regulation, and advocacy)

Reimbursement and Regulatory Policy activities (e.g. review and analysis of payment systems, assist in member education)

(**OTA students may be considered.)

How To Apply

Interested candidates should work with their fieldwork coordinators to ensure that a current fieldwork agreement between the student’s academic program and AOTA is on file, prior to the student starting fieldwork.

  1. The candidate completes the appropriate application (FW II or OTD), selecting a first and second preference for placement among the selections and indicating the desired time frame for the placement. [Note that AOTA cannot guarantee that the student will be placed in the preferred selections.] Two reference letters from academic or clinical instructors are to be included in individual sealed envelopes with the application.
  2. The student writes and submits a brief summary describing:
  • his or her interests;
  • prior (or anticipated) fieldwork experiences; information about related projects or activities;
  • rationale for requesting an AOTA fieldwork experience, as well as expectations, and objectives for the experience.
  1. AOTA staff will review the application and essay, and schedule a telephone interview.
  2. A letter of acceptance or denial will be sent to the student and her or his academic fieldwork coordinator. If the student is accepted, the notification will include confirmation of dates, information about AOTA work policies, and instructions for the first day. Upon receipt of this packet, the student should contact his or her designated contact person to discuss objectives and expectations.

Students are responsible for arranging their own housing. AOTA headquarters is accessible to Metro, the metropolitan Washington’s subway system. Contact if you have questions.

Please complete the related documents below:

Application Form for Fieldwork

Application Form for Fieldwork Doctoral Experiential Component 

Reference Form