Tuesday, January 22, 2008

More internship opportunities specifically designed for students with disabilities

After finishing yesterday’s post about the paid summer internships for students with disabilities at
Entry Point,
I did some searching and found a few other opportunities and wanted to share them here with you.

First, I found
Emerging Leaders,
Which, according to the official web site, is “a highly competitive program that places college students with disabilities in fulfilling summer internships and provides them with leadership development opportunities. Emerging Leaders partners with businesses to help them find outstanding young talent while also considering diversity and inclusion in their hiring practices.”

Also from the web site:
“Booz Allen Hamilton founded Emerging Leaders in 2001. The program currently is managed by the National Business and Disability Council."

There are 30 well-known, national employers participating in the internship program, including several financial, insurance, media, and pharmaceutical companies. The web site states that they are always seeking to expand this network of participating companies. So, if you happen to be a business that wants to help provide internships for students with disabilities, make sure to get in touch with the contact person named on the site.

Secondly, I found,
Experiential Education Programs for College Students with Disabilities
(Note: This is a Google html version of the original MS-Word document. A link to the original version is contained at the top of the Google html page)

This document is a gathering of various internship resourcess for students with disabilities. There are specific program names and locations where the internships take place, as well as associated web sites for more information. It does contain the two previous ones I’ve listed and linked above.

Finally, there are several U.S. government programs targeting students with disabilities, including
The U.S Department of Agriculture
(or USDA),
The U.S. Department of State's
student programs division,
And, even though it is not a federal agency, there is the internship program of the
American Association of People with Disabilities,
(or AAPD, which I list here because the organization has arranged government internships at several of the various federal agencies.

I’m certain there are other paid internship programs specifically designed for college students with disabilities that I have not listed. If you have one that you know of and want to share it, please leave a comment below.

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