New summer internship underway at UC San Diego

Posted at 7:58 PM, Jul 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-18 22:58:10-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A new summer internship is underway at UC San Diego tapping the talents of those diagnosed with autism.

They're working as paid interns for the University; developing computer apps that can help others with autism, as well as anyone trying to improve motor skills and focus.

Doctor Leanne Chukoskie, who founded the program, says they're also proving their ability to be hired.

"Work places," Dr. Chuckoskie says, "The big message is that, you know what, you're missing out on some really great talent."

Her two dozen interns hardly second that, showing several projects they have in the works, including a team player space game, a gardening app for kids and a play on whack-A-Mole.

"We're capable of doing great work," says Chris Rosenbaum, who was diagnosed with autism after graduating with a masters degree.

The interns will be showcasing their work at the university august 9th. All are welcome to attend.