The Landmark College Career Connections office offers a number of programs and partnerships that help LC's neurodivergent students explore career interests and gain valuable workplace experience. Jan Coplan's role as a member of the Center for Neurodiversity's leadership dovetails with her position as the Director of Career Connections to ensure opportunities are leveraged to their greatest potential.
Center for Neurodiversity Internships
Are you a Landmark College student interested in neurodiversity? Are you seeking a leadership opportunity? The CN offers an internship program for students to learn and teach others. Interns choose an area of interest, explore it, and engage in advocacy. With their willingness to share stories from an insider's perspective, interns have contributed to events that are valued by audiences.
Here’s where Center for Neurodiversity Interns have spoken:
- I’m not afraid to talk about my experiences, Brattleboro Reformer media interview
- Creating safe, supportive campus climates for individuals with hidden disabilities, Insight into Diversity media interview
- Perspectives on College Life, panel event hosted by the Asperger-Autism Network (AANE), Watertown, MA
- Neurodiversity and Mental Health, presentation to multidisciplinary leadership group: Vermont Healing and Learning Synergies, St. Johnsbury, VT
- Neurodiversity, panel presentation at Disability Matters Conference, Jupiter, FL. “For the first time ever, the important topic of ‘Neurodiversity and sourcing, hiring, and retaining Neurodivergent talent,’ will be addressed from the main stage at the Disability Matters North America Conference.”
Topics interns have examined include: What is camouflaging and how does it affect mental health? What are the visual images of neurodiversity? What’s going on in hiring & employment? How is neurodiversity talked about at other colleges? How can neurodiversity be intersectional?
Qualified student applicants are interested in learning about neurodiversity as a cultural movement and want to engage in a collaborative work environment. They have completed at least one year of academics, taken coursework in psychology and/or education, and may have served as a student leader. Successful applicants will demonstrate professionalism by showing a record of attendance and work completion, desire to take initiative, openness to differing viewpoints, and willingness to communicate with peers.