Internship Opportunities


Academy of Whole Learning (AOWL) is looking for motivated interns to join us  to support the ongoing needs of our innovative projects. Now in its 14th year, AOWL is a national School of Excellence and the only private school in the Twin Cities specializing in autism education. We exist to create a world where students can belong and succeed. Our mission is to provide personalized learning paths integrating academic, social and life skills for students with autism spectrum disorder and related learning differences. With 27 full-time employees, we provide cutting-edge autism education and transformative community resources.

We are seeking a diverse pool of interns based on a combination of demonstrated academic performance, leadership, and career aspirations in the field of education, business/marketing and/or social services. Interns are assigned to a member of our leadership team for overall project direction. Working under the direct supervision of credentialed staff members, interns will participate in nearly every aspect of the organization. This internship will play an integral role in the daily activities of the organization as well as explore the inner workings of running a private school.

Our 2017 Spring & Summer Internship program is now open!  We look forward to your applications!


Summer 2017 Internships:  

Marketing Intern
Communications-Public Relations Intern
Programming Intern
Non-profit Management/Education Administration Intern

Development Intern

Application Deadline for all Summer 2017 Internships — February 20, 2017.  

If you believe you are ready for a rewarding challenge, please send your resume, along with a letter describing your interest in the position, and the AOWL Internship Application to Karla Przybylski, at









Meet Our 2016 Summer Interns

Lyndzi Durkin, Communications and PR Intern
Lyndzi will serve as the Communications-Public Relations intern at AOWL for the summer of 2016.  After graduating from a small town in Minnesota, Lyndzi went on to study Public Relations and Event Management at Iowa State University where she will be graduating from in the spring of 2017. Growing up with a younger brother with Autism and a desire to work for a non-profit organization, Lyndzi believes this couldn’t be more fitting.  In her spare time, Lyndzi enjoys traveling, singing, boating and meeting new people.  During her time at AOWL, Lyndzi is excited to learn more about working for a non-profit organization, meeting and working with new people and enhancing AOWL overall public image. After spending the past four months studying abroad in Rome, Italy, Lyndzi is anxious to get back to the states to start working at Academy of Whole Learning.






Sara Hanson, Non-Profit Management Intern
Sara will serve as a Management Intern at Academy of Whole Learning for the summer of 2016. Originally from Bloomington, Minnesota, she is currently studying Statistics, Economics, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she will graduate in May of 2017. While always having a passion for working with kids and students, Sara gained an interest in working with people with disabilities through her volunteer work in high school and college. In her free time, Sara likes to eat Chipotle, watch Netflix, travel, and enjoy time with family and friends. While at AOWL, Sara hopes to enhance her communication and management skills, gain insight into how a non-profit company functions, and help improve the school. She looks forward to working with all of the wonderful staff members and students at AOWL this summer.








Ruth Schaefer, Programming Intern

Ruth will serve as the Programming Intern at Academy of Whole Learning during the summer of 2016. Ruth is a local,born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota, and loves the fact that AOWL is so near to the community that she grew up in! Ever since she was young, Ruth has always wanted to be a teacher, so she decided to study Secondary English Education at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minnesota. In addition, she is currently studying English Literature and History, and will be graduating in May of 2017. In her free time, Ruth likes to read, garden, bike, laugh (a lot) and spend time outdoors with friends. Ruth is excited to learn about teaching methods and practices that help students with autism to succeed in school. She thinks it will be an invaluable part of her experience this summer. While at AOWL, Ruth is also excited to learn more about the ways a non-profit school functions, help make summer programs fun and enriching experiences for everyone involved, and to meet and work with new people.


ianIan Strommen, Marketing Intern
Ian will serve as the marketing intern at Academy for summer of 2016. At Liberty University, Ian is studying marketing with a focus on sales management. Ian wanted an internship that would be both a good experience and make a positive impact on the world, which is why Academy of Whole Learning is a perfect fit.  Ian is excited to help promote the school and help Academy of Whole Learning in anyway possible.  When Ian is not working or studying, he can be found playing sports, boating on the lake, or hanging out with friends.  Ian is very excited to spend his summer with the staff at AOWL.







Equal Opportunity

Academy of Whole Learning does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital or  familial status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or genetic information. This policy applies to all areas of student concerns (admissions, athletics, educational policies, financial assistance and loan programs and other school-administered programs) as well as to all areas of personnel and employee concerns and hiring. Academy of Whole Learning is an Equal Opportunity Employer  (EOE).