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- STEP 1: Complete the 2015 AAPD Summer Internship Program Application: PDF | WORD
- STEP 2: Gather supporting documents and complete essays
- STEP 3: Submit all documents via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm EST on Friday, February 6th
- Any college student (degree and non-degree seeking), graduate student, law student, recent graduate within a year and veteran who self-identifies as an individual with any type of disability is invited to apply. You will not be required to disclose your specific disability; however, your application for this program will signify that you consider yourself a person with a disability.
- PLEASE NOTE: This is a program run specifically for students with disabilities by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation’s largest cross-disability membership organization. Those selected for this program will be involved in various disability-focused activities and associated with AAPD and fellow interns with all types of disabilities throughout the program.
- Applicants chosen for the AAPD Washington DC Summer Internship Program release all information contained in their application for use on the AAPD website and in public press releases, including releases to the program funders and potential employers.
Since 2002, the AAPD Summer Internship Program has made the Washington, DC internship experience available to motivated people with disabilities, developing a new generation of leaders and offering host employers access to a talented, diverse workforce. Each summer, AAPD places students and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in paid 10-week summer internships in Congressional offices, federal agencies, nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
At the beginning of the summer, interns participate in a 1-week orientation session to learn about AAPD as well as the disability rights movement, meet the other interns, and participate in a variety of engaging workshops and events. Interns are matched with a mentor who is a professional or advocate within the disability community. As part of the AAPD network, interns also receive opportunities to attend events on Capitol Hill, conferences, community events, happy hours, and more.
AAPD accepts all majors and career interests. In the past, AAPD Summer Internship Program placement sites have included:
American Institutes for Research
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Japanese American Citizens League
National Council on Aging
National Council on Independent Living
National Disability Rights Network
Office of Personnel Management
United Cerebal Palsy
United States Access Board
United States Agency for International Development
United States Department of Agriculture
United States Department of Education
United States Department of Labor
United States House of Representatives
United States Senate
- Completed applications received by AAPD before 5:00 PM EST, Friday, February 6, 2015, will be collected and reviewed by the internship review team
- Finalists will be contacted for formal interviews
- Interns will be selected for the program and notified by mid-to-late February