Youths for Autism (YFA) is an internship programme that is meaningfully structured within the special education sector. The internship duration should preferably be six months and above. This is to enable learning and contribution.
We welcome you to join us if you have a passion for working in the special needs community and belong to one of these categories:
We recognise your potential to serve through your enthusiasm, vibrancy and fresh ideas. You can use these skills to help our students learn as you work alongside our teachers and therapists. This includes teaching our students social skills and life skills that help them be more independent and life-ready.
As a YFA intern, you form a critical part of the support network for our students. In short, you will make a difference to their lives.
We look forward to your contribution in impacting the lives of our students with autism.
This internship will provide you an opportunity to experience working in this community. You will gain exposure and learn the various ways to help students with Autism progress - academically and socially. You will learn first-hand about the challenges that students with autism faced. Some of these challenges are not easy to overcome: lack of societal awareness, job discrimination. Along the way, you will see our students grow. And you will grow with them.
Ex-YFA interns say this journey has been 'transformational' and 'life-changing' for them. Many also forged strong bonds with their peers and return to support the students, despite their busy schedules. We warmly welcome you to experience this yourself.
Make a difference to your life by making a difference to others!
As part of 21st Century learning, the school is moving towards digitalising teaching resources and encouraging the use of ICT in lessons. Our teachers and therapists will benefit as they gain a better understanding of each student as you videotape their learning progress in class.
You can increase your technological portfolio as you will pick up skills such as video production, video editing and digital design to help in creating digital resources to enhance and expand our teaching tools.
Play a part in supporting our school's special events and the students' learning journey as you are assigned into Event and Subject Committees. Work together with our educators to plan, execute and implement exciting activities for our students.
You will also build learning support programmes, and develop teaching and learning resources to enhance the students' experiential learning.
You will be taught strategies to engage students so that they focus and learn.
In class, you will work closely with teachers by managing the behaviours of students and helping them learn. You also provide differentiated, one-to-one intensive support to those who require more help.
As an YFA intern, you will support students in class and outside of class. You will teach, guide, mentor, and nurture the students, working hand-in-hand with classroom teachers and therapists to benefit students with autism in the following organizations:
Autism Resource Centre (Singapore) is a non-profit organisation started by volunteers, dedicated to serve children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder to help them lead meaningful lives in society. ARC(S) aims to highlight the needs of these individuals and to increase understanding and awareness of autism in the community.
Autism Association (Singapore) is a charity organization under the Charities Act, Singapore. It was originally set up through the initiative of a group of parents. It aims to initiate, organise and support provision of a broad spectrum of services for people with autism in Singapore. These services encompass education, vocational and life skills training and residential care.
This full-time internship is open to the following groups of young adults who can preferably commit 6 months of their time:
Yes, all applicants are required to submit an application form. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to come for an interview.
We regret that due to limited resources, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
The YFA internship programme usually receives an overwhelming response. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.
Applicants should preferably apply a minimum of two months before the commencement of the internship. For instance, if you are available from January to June next year, please apply by October this year.
If you are unable to do so, please contact Kristy Ho for a discussion.
The bulk of interviews will be held in end-July to August, and/or mid-September to October for those interested to serve from Jan to June the following year.
We note that JC students must sit for their Prelims and A'level examinations. We will steer clear of these dates for the interviews.
Interviews will be held from April to June for those interested to serve from July to November.
Yes, you will still need to apply.
Each year, we write to school principals and civics tutors requesting them to nominate exceptional students interested to pursue an internship in special education.
However, student nominees will still need to go through the application process. We will offer the internship to applicants who are suitable and qualified.
There is no need for you to fill up the application form at this moment. But you can register your interest here.
We will be contacting you closer to your ORD date.
We usually prefer interns who can commit for six months. If you are unable to do so, yet have strong interest to serve as an YFA intern, please contact Kristy Ho for a discussion.
Alternatively, we also welcome you to volunteer with us.
Preference is given to applicants who can commit to the duration for these reasons:
If you are unable to do so, yet have strong interest to serve as an YFA intern, please contact Kristy Ho for a discussion.
The number varies from year to year depending on the total demand of the organizations.
Yes, knowledge in autism is not required as training on autism will be provided to you. You will be equipped with strategies on how to interact and work with students with autism.
Education-related projects vary from year to year but in general, YFA interns will be involved in the following projects:
Yes, YFA interns are allowed to take leave or time off to settle university admission matters.
The existing school policy is that staff are not allowed to take leave during the School term.
As such, we encourage both staff and YFA interns not to take leave for travel plans during these six months to minimise disruption to our students.
S$1250 per month for each successful candidate (inclusive of employee's CPF contribution)