CIP Hosts New Events to Promote Student Engagement and Build Community

CIP is laser-focused on student engagement, building community, and providing all students with the opportunity to thrive. We are offering new student engagement events virtually across all centers, and in person Spring Global Engagement events in each CIP region.


Virtual Student Engagement Events

Each center is hosting monthly virtual student engagement events, providing regular opportunities for students to meet across all centers via Zoom, engage in fun activities, and meet new people. The well-attended events have included Strength Finder Exercises, Pokemon Showdown, trivia nights, and music mash-ups to name a few.


Spring Global Engagement Events

Later this term, students and staff at each CIP location will travel to local destinations for summer kickoff events that promote team building and cultural sensitivity. During these events, students and staff will have the opportunity to build trust and community, and have fun attending the following events:


Berkshire students and staff will visit Ramblewild Adventure park, providing students the opportunity to experience a combination of high and low ropes course challenges. The event will end with a group potluck that showcases different cultures. Bloomington students and staff are planning an adventure to Holiday World and a paddleboard hike and picnic day at Lake Monroe, while Brevard students and staff will visit Walt Disney World and Disney Springs where they can learn about new cultures and build community.  Brevard students are team building as they plan their activities, and create shirts to celebrate the experience. 


Long Beach students and staff will be traveling to the San Diego area to experience a guided kayak tour of the La Jolla Sea Caves. They will also stop at the Oceanside Museum of Art to view exhibits and celebrate the first public exhibit for CIP Long Beach alumni, Parker Franco. Berkeley students and staff will gain a better understanding of the cultural history that shaped San Francisco. Students will practice critical thinking skills as they experience San Francisco with visits to Angel Island, Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Fisherman’s Wharf.


About The College Internship Program

The College Internship Program (CIP) 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. For more information about their year-round and summer programs across the US, contact or call 877-566-9247.

About the Author: Sarah Williams

Sarah B. Williams is CIP’s National Director of Public Relations. She works to develop and implement communication strategies that will broaden CIP’s impact and overall awareness. Sarah earned a BA from UC Berkeley and has been published in media outlets that serve the autism and LD community. Sarah is passionate about helping young adults with learning differences achieve success. Her son is a CIP alumnus.

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