ATPF Sweet 16 Gala

Saturday, April 18, 2020


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Progress to Date

Funds Raised 2020: $7,526

0% of ATPF 2020 Operating Budget

Children Screened: 20,530

SLP Students Trained at SJSU: 2,300


Press Play to hear a little bit from some of our team about why your support is so important!

The Autism Tree Project Foundation relies upon the dedicated service of its volunteers and young interns to provide over 20 free community programs and 200 events every year. We are extremely grateful for their support and are always looking to bring on new interns, developing the next generation of community leaders. Thank you so much for your interest in our program and we hope that you intern with ATPF!   

We accept applications on a rolling basis for all internships.



Collegiate Internships  

Internship Focuses 

Family Health & Wellness Internship

  • Help individuals on the spectrum and their families have enjoyable and beneficial experiences at ATPF events
  • Help professionals including but not limited to Child Psychologists, Speech Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Music Therapists run their ATPF programs
  • Work with ATPF research community partners to produce our Annual Neuroscience Conference 

Non-Profit Management Internship

  • Help the Director of Development raise our annual budget by assisting in the production of events like the Annual Giving Tuesday Telethon  
  • Help the CFO with writing funding grants 
  • Assist in the development of new fundraising strategies 

Community Outreach & Marketing Internship

  • Help run the ATPF Facebook and Instagram pages 
  • Work with community partners to find areas where they can assist ATPF in executing our mission
  • Assist in the development of new outreach strategies 

Event Management & Production Internship 

  • Assist the ATPF team in producing over 200 events a year 
  • Design promotional material for ATPF events 
  • Lead Set Up & Tear Down of ATPF events 

GARD (Global Autism Resource Database) Internship 

  • Manage the development of the ATPF Global Autism Resource Database, our repository of families with individuals on the spectrum looking for support around the world 
  • Will help connect families to appropriate regional service providers in their area that can address key concerns in a timely manner
  • Will work to develop online resources that GARD families can use regardless of location 

All interns will assist the ATPF Team in any necessary capacity and will engage in work in other focuses. 


What is needed to apply to be a Collegiate Intern? 

  • A one page resume describing relevant experiences and skills 
  • Two References or Letters of Recommendation
  • Short answers to the following questions: 
    • What Internship Focus (if any) appeals to you and why? If none do, what do you want to focus on during your time at ATPF?
    • How can ATPF help you on your educational and professional journey?
    • What is one thing you want to learn from your time at this internship?
    • Why do you want to intern at the Autism Tree Project Foundation?

High School Internships & Middle School Developmental Internships 

We love having high school and middle school interns! If you are interested in being a part of our internship program please do the following: 

  • 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

International Internships 

We love having interns from other countries bring their perspectives and passion to the Autism Tree Project Foundation. In previous years we have had superb interns from Germany, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and France. Interns should have enough of a grasp of the English language to effectively communicate with ATPF employees and families. We do not provide airfare, room or board but can recommend you to accomodations close to the ATPF office. Please fulfill all Collegiate Intern Application requirements. 


How do I apply to become an ATPF Intern? 

Applications should be submitted via email to This 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 an ATPF staff member. Interviews take place at the ATPF Office. If you are unable to meet at our office in Point Loma please let us know in your initial email and we will arrange a phone interview. You are expected to dress in business casual at the interview and during your time as an intern unless you are told otherwise. I hope that we get to work together to create brighter futures for children and families with autism!

                                   -- Sincerely, Garret Hoff, Founder of the ATPF Intern & Young Volunteer Program

**If are you in High School or Middle School please fill out the PDF form below (Link labeled "ATPF Intern Application") and include it in your email to Director of Development, Lisa M. Kaufmann This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Operations Manager, Rebecca Barron This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ** 


ATPF Intern Application 


Internship Program FAQs 

What tasks will all interns and volunteers 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 at (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 the most important traits for an ATPF intern to have?

This foundation serves families with autism and their needs. We want our volunteers and interns to have a heart for our children and their families as well as 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. It is highly encouraged that you explore the rest of our website and Facebook page that have specific details about each of our programs and on-going events. Another great way to learn about what we do if you are in San Diego is to come to one of our monthly core team meetings that we host at our office! 

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. http://www.autismtreeproject.org/Autism/


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.