AAPD Fall Internship Program

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2022 AAPD Interns

The AAPD Fall Internship Program is a professional and career development opportunity for disabled students and recent graduates. Interns explore career opportunities, gain leadership skills, and connect to the broader disability community.

AAPD has provided summer internship opportunities for students and recent graduates with disabilities for over twenty years. Starting in Fall 2023, we will expand our program and welcome our first fall interns. 

The 2023 Fall Internship Program 

The 2023 AAPD Fall Internship Program will be completely virtual. Eight interns will complete remote internships at pre-selected placement sites. Interns will work part-time for 15 to 20 hours a week. The program will be 10 weeks long. It will run from October 2 to December 8, 2023. 

During the fall, interns will:

  • Attend a one-day virtual orientation
  • Take an advocacy class every 2 weeks
  • Connect with a virtual mentor
  • Join virtual community events throughout the fall
  • Gather for an in-person event

Fall Internship Application and Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

To be a fall intern you must:

  • Identify as a person with a disability
  • Be a current student or recent graduate* of a U.S. based university or program
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent

*A recent graduate is anyone who has graduated from an educational setting or a skills-based program in the last five years.

How to apply?

The fall internship application will be open from early April through early June. We will share more information about the application process soon. 

Fall 2023 Placement Sites

For fall 2023, interns will get to select which internship they prefer from a list of eight placement sites. More information to come about Fall 2023 placement sites.

Intern Expectations

  • Interns will work 15-20 hours a week.
  • Interns will attend AAPD-sponsored activities, including the Disability Advocacy Certificate Program every other week.
  • Interns will be good communicators throughout the program. We will use technology like Google, Zoom, and email to communicate.
  • Interns will attend a one-day orientation in September.
  • Interns will follow the Code of Conduct.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Do I get to choose my internship?

A: For the fall internships, you apply and tell us your top choices for your placement site. You may not get your first choice, but you will get to decide if you want to accept or decline the internship.

Q: How much do interns get paid?

A: Interns will be paid a stipend of $18 an hour.

Q: I have questions about the Disability Advocacy Certificate Program?

A: Please visit our Certificate Program page to learn more. For fall interns, the Certificate Program will meet every other week for 2 hours.

Q: I have more questions, where can I get more information?

A: You can email internships@aapd.com or call 202-975-0241.

Support for the 2023 Fall Internship Program is provided by Arconic Foundation. Thank you for supporting the expansion of our internship program with our first fall cohort.

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