2023 AAPD Spring In-House Internship Position

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Organizational Overview

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization, AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the 60 million Americans with disabilities by promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation. Learn more at www.aapd.com.

AAPD is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Applicants with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Job Summary

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) welcomes you to apply to our spring administrative in-house Internship program! Our office is located in Washington, D.C.  We are currently working remotely but will transition to a hybrid operation (remote  and in-person work)  in early April.  As an AAPD administrative in-house intern, you will have the opportunity to work with staff on disability rights issues that affect millions of Americans across the country. Interns play a critical role in engaging the community through our communication channels, as well as directly assisting individuals and relaying important information through our referral services.  Interns can develop their skills in areas such as administration, communications, technology, and research. Interns work closely with AAPD’s internal staff to support both the goals of the organization and serve the needs of the broader disability community. 

Job Summary

  • Position Title: Administrative In-House Intern 
  • Position Level: Intern 
  • Job Type: Part-time, 15-20 hours per week
  • Reports To: Operations Director 
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Compensation: $18.00 per hour 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Respond to requests for information and resources through  AAPD’s referral service via phone, email, and mail
  • Relay communications from external stakeholders to relevant staff members by transferring  calls through our phone switchboard
  • Work with the operations team to collect, sort and distribute mail and packages to relevant staff members.
  • Attend advocacy or policy-related meetings and record notes to disseminate to staff
  • Assist with research on best practices for business operations
  • Draft communications and conduct research to aid in the development of our various programs to include National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Disability Mentoring Day and the AAPD Alumni Network
  • Assist staff with updating relevant materials for internal housekeeping and for AAPD’s Board of Directors
  • Other work as assigned by the Operations Director. 


  • Passionate about disability rights advocacy work. 
  • 1-2 years of experience with answering phone calls, and managing a phone switchboard.
  • Great comfort with engaging with stakeholders over the phone and by email to provide quality customer service.
  • Great listening and communication skills. 
  • Previous experience with constituent services is preferred.
  • Organized and detail-oriented.
  • Proficient in Google Workspace, Zoom, and Microsoft Office.
  • Comfort with coming into the office at least once a week. 

To Apply:

Interested applicants will need to submit a cover letter, resume, and two references using this application form. AAPD will accept applications until Monday, February 27 at 5pm ET. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. 

The internship will begin in early April and end late August 2023. For questions about this internship or if you need assistance during the application process, please contact AAPD at jobs@aapd.com.

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