Special Interest Section Student Internship Program

Program Outline

The Special Interest Sections (SISs) recognize that students play a key role in the future of our profession and in the realization of our Vision 2025. In order to increase student interest in the SISs and to develop future leaders, the SIS is continuing its student internship program.

Applications should be submitted directly to Andrew Persch, the Chairperson-Elect of the Special Interest Section Council. Dr. Persch will forward applications to each SIS Chairperson. The SIS standing committees will review applications and select based on preferences and scoring criteria. Depending on the number of applicants, there may not be a spot for all candidates.

Interns who are selected will participate in SIS virtual group meetings and optional SIS-related projects at the direction of the chairperson, and will disseminate SIS information to student populations.  Student interns may, for example, assist with the development of fact sheets, work collaboratively with other SIS interns across practice areas on common tasks, and/or organize data for upcoming projects. Chairpersons or identified committee representatives will serve as leadership mentors by collaborating with the intern to select appropriate projects and opportunities for enrichment and education about the leadership structures and processes of AOTA.


At the direction of the SIS chair and/or Standing Committee, the SIS Intern will:
  • Participate in SIS committee conference calls
  • Communicate with the SIS chair and committee via email or other methods as needed
  • Collaborate with SIS chairperson, standing committee members, and/or fellow interns (if requested and appropriate) to complete designated projects 
  • Assist with developing written materials and resources for member usage
  • Provide input on SIS programs and projects where relevant and appropriate
  • Assist with other tasks as needed and requested
Aims of the SIS Student Intern Program/ The SIS intern may have the opportunity to:
  • Collaborate with other OT practitioners in a networking forum
  • Receive mentoring while participating in the SIS internship experience
  • Gain exposure to the leadership structures and processes of AOTA’s Special Interest Sections
Previous SIS interns have worked with SIS chairpersons, committee members, and fellow interns to complete a variety of projects, including:
  • Developing the AOTA Caregiver Toolkit
  • Helping to organize the SIS Networking Reception at AOTA Annual Conference
  • Compiling and organizing survey data
  • Writing a motion to the AOTA Representative Assembly
  • Reviewing previous conference guides to provide resources related to specific topics
  • Compiling “Frequently Asked Questions” list for an SIS website
  • Increasing participation and discussion on OT Connections
  • Writing articles for publication
Who Should Apply?
Applicants must be currently enrolled in an occupational therapy masters, doctorate, or assistant program and must maintain AOTA membership throughout the internship program. They must still be students at the time the term begins in July 2017 and have at least one year remaining in their educational program at that time. Applicants should have a strong desire to be active leaders in state or national OT associations.


Please complete the application and email your completed application with your current resume or CV. Be sure to include your membership number. Questions? Contact Andrew Persch at the email address above.

  • Applications are due via email on or before March 6, 2017.
  • Notifications will be made on or before April 17, 2017.
  • Term of office will begin July 1, 2017 and end on June 30, 2018.