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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)

2016 AAPD Washington, DC 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 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 their career goals. AAPD provides the interns with a stipend, transportation to and from Washington, DC, and fully-accessible housing.

To Apply

2016 AAPD Summer Internship Program Application ( WORD | PDF )

Candidates for the AAPD Summer Internship Program must submit the following:

  • Applicant Information from Section 1
  • A resume in accordance with the guidelines in Section 2
  • Responses to the three (3) essay questions from Section 3
  • Contact information for three (3) references as outlined in Section 4
  • Two (2) letters of reference as outlined in Section 4

All documents must be returned to 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. 


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.

Former AAPD Summer Internship Program placements include:

The Senate Office of President Barack Obama (D)

Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS)

Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY)

Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY)

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL)

Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA)

Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA)

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)

Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Representative F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

The White House

U.S. Agency for International Development

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

American Bar Association

American Institutes for Research

Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Japanese American Citizens League

National Council on Independent Living

National Disability Rights Network

United Cerebral Palsy



Completed applications received by AAPD on or before 5:00 PM EST, Friday, January 15th, 2016 will be collected and reviewed by our Internship Review Team. Semi-Finalists will be contacted for short, preliminary telephone interviews. Finalists will be contacted for formal telephone interviews. Interns will be selected for the program and notified in late February 2016.

Applications must be received via email to by
Friday, January 15th, 2016 at 5:00pm EST

The 2016 AAPD Washington, DC Summer Internship Program is supported by the
Alcoa Foundation, the AT&T Foundation, The HSC Foundation, and the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation

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Internships at AAPD's Washington D.C. Office

AAPD offers internships to qualified students and recent graduates during the Fall, Spring, and Summer. To view and apply for current openings, visit our Jobs at AAPD page.

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