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AAPD 2012 Interns

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)

2015 AAPD Summer Internship Program

If you will be living in the Washington, DC area during the 2015 summer and you’re a college student, graduate student, law student, or recent graduate (within one year), AAPD’s Summer Internship Program provides the opportunity to gain hands-on professional experience to help advance your career goals. Interns will receive a stipend, mentor matching, and additional resources during the summer. Candidates interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and veterans with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.



To Apply


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 internship@aapd.com by 5pm EST on Friday, February 6th



Eligibility

  • 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.


About


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:

Administration for Community Living

American Institutes for Research

Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Easter Seals

First Focus

HSC Foundation

Japanese American Citizens League

JBS International

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

Walmart



What Happens Next

  • Completed applications received by AAPD before 5:00 PM EST, Friday, February 6, 2015, will be collected and reviewed by our internship review team
  • Finalists will be contacted for formal interviews
  • Interns will be selected for the program and notified by mid-to-late February


Applications must be received via email to internship@aapd.com by
Friday, February 6, 2015 at 5:00pm EST


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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