INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS and OT Fieldwork II

High School Internships

Afya provides opportunities for high school students from the Westchester area to intern during the school year and summer. Our high school interns, in addition to helping the foundation conduct research, sort supplies and write project proposals, often start Afya clubs at their schools and become leaders in their academic communities. Interns should have an interest in public health or international development and should be very comfortable conducting independent work.

Afya Fellowships

Afya Fellows serve as regional coordinators for medical supply donations. Our fellows work with the clinics and hospitals in their communities to organize the collection and transportation of donated medical supplies and equipment. This allows us to significantly expand our network of donor institutions and increase the amount of supplies that we ship abroad.

College and Graduate School Internships

Afya’s summer undergraduate interns research and design project proposals to address a wide range of public health and development issues.

 Occupational Therapy Graduate Fieldwork II

Afya also serves as a Fieldwork II site for Occupational Therapy (OT) graduate students throughout the year. OT students are supervised by the Executive Director, and work with our volunteer groups from YAI, Westchester ARC, Riverdale Mental Health and other organizations dedicated to people with physical or intellectual disabilities.

In this non-traditonal treatment setting, OT students:

1. Evaluate the volunteers with disabilities (emotional and intellectual) to determine the best tasks to assign (for sorting) to promote self-efficacy, pride and accomplishment.

2. Work 1:1 with volunteers (from treatment programs) who express personal goals and have the potential, with support, to achieve them.

3. Create in-services and visual cues for volunteers when issues arise

4. Design, inservice and implement satellite sorting programs at other facilities (sheltered workshop sites, nursing homes)

5. Implement social and therapeutic engagement events at the warehouse for a variety of populations

6. Research and write grants to promote funding for this program and its expansion at satellite sites.

Interested students should contact Mary Buckley at mary.buckley@afyafoundation.org to begin the application process.

 

Fieldwork II Testimonials

 

“Meaningful Occupations” is a big concept in Occupational therapy. It’s the idea that engaging in an occupation that holds distinctive meaning to someone will help promote their health and well-being. Through their truly inspired and creative program design and mission, Danielle Butin and the staff at the Ayfa Foundation give new ‘meaning’ to the idea of meaningful occupations. Volunteers come in to practice job and social skills, but they also discover the joy and satisfaction they can achieve by using their skills to help others. This is the reason I went into this field, and part of the brilliance of the Afya Foundation. Not only do they make massive contributions in relief work, they also provide volunteers, who might not otherwise have the opportunity, the revitalizing experience of helping others. My own experience was truly uplifting. You cannot participate in this experience and not come away inspired in some way.

Jacklyn Anderson – NYU, 2015

From my first day completing my occupational therapy fieldwork at Afya Foundation, I felt welcomed with open arms by all of the staff and volunteers. I was able to get hands-on experience from day one while always having the support of my fellow students and the staff. Danielle’s supervision was exceptional, and her positive and constructive feedback was constant. Her passion and drive to help others function to their fullest potential in everyday life is contagious and inspiring. Completing my fieldwork at Afya helped me to grow tremendously as a professional and individual. I was able to find my ‘voice’ and implement what I learned in the classroom into practice with confidence. This psychosocial rehabilitation site is truly a diamond in the rough, and I would not trade my experience for anything else.

Mariah Vellek – University of Scranton, 2016