Summer Internship Program
“I could not be more proud to take part in the AAPD Summer Internship Program; my staff and I are all more enriched because of it.”
– Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05)
Since 2002, the AAPD Summer Internship Program has developed the next generation of leaders with disabilities and offered host employers access to a talented, diverse workforce. Each summer, AAPD places college students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in paid 10-week summer internships in Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profit, and for-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area. Each intern is matched with a mentor who will assist them with their career goals. AAPD provides the interns with a stipend, transportation to and from Washington, DC, and fully-accessible housing.
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. As part of the AAPD network, interns also receive opportunities to attend events on Capitol Hill, conferences, community events, happy hours, and more.
The 2017 application process will open on September 1, 2016.
Candidates for the AAPD Summer Internship Program must submit the following:
- Applicant Information (Section 1 of the Application)
- A resume (Section 2 of the Application)
- Responses to the three (3) essay questions (Section 3 of the Application)
- Contact information for three (3) references (Section 4 of the Application)
- Two (2) letters of reference (Section 4 of the Application)
All documents must be returned to email@example.com. We strongly encourage attaching all required documents in one submission with both letters of recommendation attached. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered. We will not be able to consider any materials in excess of the stated requirements. 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.
Any college student (degree and non-degree seeking), law student, graduate student, or recent graduate 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.
NOTE: This is a program run specifically for students with disabilities by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), a national cross-disability 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.
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