Progress to Date

Funds Raised 2019: $63,676

14% of ATPF 2019 Operating Budget

Children Screened: 17,680

SLP Students Trained at SJSU: 2,100



What exactly will you be doing for the foundation?

In the office young volunteers and interns will be working on a range of tasks, such as assisting our Director of Development to sign up families for upcoming events, expand and manage our database, etc. ATPF runs over 200 events throughout the year that interns can work (in and out of our office), providing much needed support and assistance to our core team. As an intern, you can choose from our on-going calendar which events and programs you would like to plug into.

What are we looking for in a young intern?
This program is open to youth ages 12 to 18 with exceptions (we have had many college and post college ATPF Interns). This foundation serves families with autism and their needs. We want our volunteers and interns to have a heart for the children and their families. You must have a heart for our kids, patience and compassion. Everything else can be taught. 

How does our foundation serve the community?
The Autism Tree Project Foundation provides 20 free programs and services to serve children and families with autism, specifically in San Diego and the Bay Area. Our website has specific details about each of our programs and on-going events.

What is autism?
Autism is a developmental disorder that shows up when a child is an infant and affects social and communication skills. Autism is very broad. It is so broad that it can be called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) because every child and adult with autism spectrum disorder symptoms are not exactly the same. The newest statistic about autism is 1 in 50 school-age children according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and that statistic does not include preschoolers. To find out more about symptoms that children with Autism are likely to have, look at our website under the "About Autism" section or click this link to learn more.

What is needed to apply for the internship program and how?

• Please download and complete the ATPF INTERN APPLICATION PDF (below)• A half page to one page cover letter explaining why you want to work as an intern for us• A resume that includes your skills, talents, and two references

Applications should be submitted via email to GarretThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and should be titled "Internship Application". You will be contacted within 48 hours after your application is submitted to schedule an interview with Garret Hoff, Director of the ATPF Intern & Young Volunteer Program. Interviews take place at the ATPF Office. You are expected to dress in business casual at the interview and during your time as an intern, unless you are told otherwise per working event. I hope that we get to work together to create brighter futures for children and families with autism! -- Sincerley, Garret Hoff, Director of the ATPF Intern & Young Volunteer Program

**Please fill out the PDF form below and email to Director of Program Development, Lisa M. Kaufmann This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.**

ATPF Intern Application  

ATPF is proud to partner with the following groups who provide on-going volunteer support to our 20 free programs and services! 

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ATPF is proud to have had interns who are a part of these institutions of higher learning and have cultivated a heart connection between their school and ATPF!

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Intern Testimonials 


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Zoe Smith

High Tech High Chula Vista

My favorite event is the ATPF Musical Playgroup.

My favorite part of working at ATPF is how much of a family atmosphere the foundation has and the overall energy. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming, and I immediately felt apart of the family as soon as I began my journey as an intern. Whenever there's an event, workshop, or meeting, I felt that everyone was so positive and truly happy to be there. There was always great energy circulating and being formed. It was amazing to meet and work with everyone!! I'd highly recommend this internship.


Vanessa Manriquez

San Diego State University - Program Assistant at ATPF and ABA Interventionist

My favorite events are the Bridge to the Beach Events!

My favorite part about working at Autism Tree Project Foundation is hands down all the love that runs through the organization as well as the tight knit family that has been created. I also truly enjoy the children at Autism Tress Project Foundation as well as their families that I have had the privilege of working with. :)

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Elisabeth Rosemann

High Tech High Chula Vista

My favorite event is the PLNU Soccer Program. My favorite part of participating in this event was playing with the kids. The PLNU men's soccer team and the volunteers were playing with the kids on the field. I loved seeing the smiles on their faces when they shot a goal or when the ball was passed to them. I was overwhelmed by the amount of joy that filled the atmosphere at that event, which made it that much more memorable.

My favorite part about working with Autism Tree Project Foundation is the sense of family and knowing that the work we do supports families and brings a smile to so many kids’ faces. The different people that work here are very friendly and welcoming. The different events are always a blast and I feel proud to say that I've had the priviledge of working here with these wonderful people. I would recommend volunteering or possibly interning with ATPF to anyone. This is a great way to get work experience, work with great and friendly people, and above all else, support families and bring happiness to a child's life.

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Katherine Tietsworth

Point Loma High School

My favorite event is any event with the kids!

My favorite part about working with Autism Tree Project Foundation is seeing my impact on people's lives and the community.


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Kat Greene

Academy of Our Lady of Peace

My favorite event is Bridge to the Beach!
My favorite part of working with ATPF is the opportunity I have to make a positive impact on the world around me. Getting to see the effect that these programs have on families is an amazing experience and it makes all the work worth it! Each event is a ton of fun for the kids, the families, and the volunteers. I am also so grateful for the opportunities to meet kind, compassionate, hardworking and spirited people who put so much time and effort into helping make the world a better place.


Dayan Corral

High Tech High Chula Vista

My favorite event is the Musical Playgroup. This is my favorite event because the room fills with positive energy and I enjoyed seeing all of the kids smiling and dancing to the music. Everyone gets really engaged and they interacted with each other.It was really special watching the kids get really excited to trade their instruments with each other.

My favorite part of working with Autism Tree Project Foundation is being surrounded by people with huge, kind hearts. From the beginning, I was really nervous but everyone made me feel welcome and comfortable. ATPF is definitely a big family where everyone is loving, passionate, and inspiring. Being an intern has had an incredibly positive impact on me and I am immensely happy with the experience I had.