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 with their career goals. AAPD provides the interns with a stipend, transportation to and from Washington, DC, and fully-accessible housing.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 are posted at:
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 email@example.com 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