New Leadership and Programs At CIP’s Berkshire Center

Excitement is building as CIP’s Berkshire Center gears up for its Fall term. 

The picturesque small town of Lee, Massachusetts provides a unique setting for students with autism and learning differences to thrive in their community.


The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts are known for world-class arts and theater. The small towns in the area are home to successful businesses that provide many internship and job opportunities for CIP students.


New Leadership

Internationally renowned autism expert, author, and speaker  Dr. Stephen Shore has recently joined CIP as a consultant. Dr. Shore will provide expertise in the implementation of new services and enhancements to CIP’s core curriculum. Additionally, Jenna Knauss, MS has recently been named Assistant Program Director. Berkshire staff members have advanced degrees and bring valuable skills to their positions including specialized training in the areas of counseling, adult education, therapy, and mental health.


CIP Berkshire Student & Staff

New Partnerships

Berkshire students are enrolled in local colleges and have paid employment at The Red Lion Inn, Berkshire Nautilus, Tanglewood, Cakewalk Bakery, and The Starving Artist Cafe, just to name a few. Students also have internships with a variety of area employers including Marshalls, Norman Rockwell Museum, Bluebird Wildlife Sanctuary, and Berkshire Theatre Group.


Additionally, CIP is in the process of developing partnerships with graduate student interns from Elms College and Westfield State University to supplement CIP’s existing comprehensive programming.


New Curriculum and Services

CIP is now utilizing a PEERS-based curriculum, an evidence-based social skills training program and is also offering CIP’s Family Services which includes educational training designed to support parents and other family members.


Our new Graduate Living Community (GLC)  provides lower-cost, longer-term options for students who complete the on-campus program and transition to higher levels of independence within the community.


For more information, visit CIP Berkshire.


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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.