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The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) launched its internship program in 2013. USICD's internship program focuses on youth with disabilities from across the U.S. who are interested in careers in international development or foreign affairs.
ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP
The summer 2015 internship program will bring a group of talented graduate students, recent graduates, and rising juniors and seniors with disabilities to Washington, DC, for nine weeks. This will include a one-week training and orientation program, followed by an eight-week internship at a major international development agency in the Washington, DC area to learn more about foreign aid and development. Throughout the program, interns will be able to participate in trainings and workshops on career development topics, as well as attend hearings in Congressional Foreign Relations Committees and attend meetings at the State Department & other agencies. Each intern in the summer Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs program is usually placed at a different host organization for their internship.
USICD will cover the cost of fully-accessible housing during the program, reimburse travel expenses to and from DC, and provide a limited stipend. It is anticipated that the program will run from May 24 to July 25, 2015. These dates may be subject to change.
1. You must be an American citizen.
2. You must either be a graduate student or a rising junior or senior in college or a recent
graduate. "Recent graduates" for the summer 2015 program need to have graduated between
spring 2014 and spring 2015.
3. You must be a person with a disability.
4. You must meet one of the following age criteria:
- Any candidate who meets the other eligibility criteria above is eligible up to age 30 (i.e., born on or after May 24, 1984).
- U.S. veterans who meet the other eligibility criteria remain eligible up to age 35 (i.e., born on or after May 24, 1979).
- USICD may also consider granting other exceptions to the 30-year age limit in extraordinary circumstances on a case by case basis for other candidates up to age 35. If you feel that you have had extraordinary circumstances causing significant and unusual disruption to your education, training, or early career, please contact Andrea Shettle at firstname.lastname@example.org to explain your circumstances as soon as feasible before applying. USICD staff will discuss your circumstances internally and grant a decision within 15 business days (three weeks) on whether you may be eligible to apply under this exception. Being granted permission to apply does not guarantee that you will be selected to enter the program. FOR EXAMPLE, if you are a war refugee whose education was disrupted by the war in your country, then this might qualify you for an exception to the age limit, provided that you still meet the other eligibility criteria.
HOW TO APPLY
Application is a two-step process:
- First, click here to complete the application form!
- Next, please send your resume or c.v. to email@example.com in file attachment.
The application deadline for USICD's summer 2015 internship program is February 4, 2015 at 5pm EST. To learn more about the Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program, please visit http://usicd.org/template/page.cfm?id=257. You can also download a printable handout on the internship program here.
If you have any questions, please review the FAQ for the internship program to see if your question is addressed there. If you still have questions about the program, the application process, or the eligibility criteria, please call 202-347-0102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to coordinating the internship program, USICD leads the campaign for U.S. ratification of the "Disability Treaty"--the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The CRPD is an international agreement among countries to uphold the human rights of 1 billion people with disabilities globally. Learn the basics about the CRPD, then use the Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org to ask your Senators to ratify the CRPD.