Summer Internship Program
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 summer internships with Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profits, 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 living 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 and 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, briefings, and more.
Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors!
Aid Association for the Blind of the District of Columbia
Application Process for the Summer Internship Program
The 2018 application process will open in September 2017. Please join AAPD’s mailing list to ensure you do not miss any announcements about the 2018 Summer Internship Program.
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)
We strongly encourage answering the essay questions in a separate word processing program and copying them into the online form so that it can be submitted in one sitting. 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.
If you have any questions or would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact AAPD at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (202) 521-4316.
Any undergraduate students, law student, graduate student, or recent graduate from a US college or university 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.