CIP Student Profile: Brevard Student Interns at Baer Air, Obtains Pilots License

I will be leaving CIP at the end of this semester. I have been at CIP for two years and I am not the same person I was when I first arrived. I am looking forward to taking the next step in my life but I will miss CIP and Florida greatly.


During my first year at CIP, I was not involved in many things. Then, in September 2009, I was elected as Secretary of the Student Senate. It made a difference to me because I felt like I could be a leader and role model for the student body and my fellow Student Senate members.


It gave me a lot of confidence in myself and this made it possible to move forward and become involved in many other activities and events.


Over the past year, I feel like I have accomplished even more goals. In August 2010, I obtained my FAA Private Pilot Certificate. This is something that I have wanted since I was 17 years old. Also, I have had the opportunity to intern in the aviation field at Baer Air and Valkaria Airport.

In March, I applied and interviewed for the Admissions Ambassador position at the Brevard Center and was hired. I have really enjoyed being a part of this program. I also attended Brevard Community College (BCC) in Melbourne for five semesters.


At the Spring Convocation, I was very honored to receive a plaque for Most Outstanding Progress and a Career Excellence Award as well as the winning second place in the CIP National Art Contest. I was astounded to receive these awards, but I was proud of myself and happy to know my parents could see me receive them.


I will be returning home to North Carolina in July where I hope to seek employment and attend school for Aviation Management at Guilford Technical Community College. I am very grateful for all of the support from my fellow students and the staff at CIP and I wish future students as much success as I have had.

About College Internship Program

The College Internship Program is a comprehensive transition program for young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences. Our Mission is to inspire independence and expand the foundation on which young adults with Autism, ADHD, and other Learning Differences can build happy and productive lives.