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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the application process.
Fieldwork II Testimonials
Jacklyn Anderson – NYU, 2015
Mariah Vellek – University of Scranton, 2016