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Internship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

Internships are an excellent means of gaining valuable experience and professional contacts in your field. Contact Jessica Kourliouros if you have questions about any of the following internship opportunities that specifically target students with disabilities:

Internship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
Internship When Application Deadline Opportunities Eligibility
American Association of People with Disabilities Summers Near the start of the new year Ten-week internships in DC on Capitol Hill, at federal agencies, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses. Any college student, graduate student, or recent graduate who self-identifies as an individual with any type of disability
Emerging Leaders Students indicate the seasonal internship period(s) for which they are applying. Applications are processed on a rolling basis as they are received. You are strongly encouraged to apply early, because early applicants have the greatest opportunity for placement in an internship Many career fields across the country
  • Self-identify as a person with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended
  • Must have at least 60 credits
  • At least a 2.8 GPA
  • Must maintain matriculation status for semester following internship (graduating seniors going onto graduate study are eligible)
  • US citizen or documented alien legally authorized to work in the U.S.
Entry Point



Applications will be accepted beginning in the fall preceding the internship year. Portfolio referrals to partners begins in October. Very few applications received after January 15th will be considered. Offers internship opportunities across the country for students with disabilities in
  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Some field of business
  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate student, with a disability
  • Major in a science, engineering, mathematics, computer science and some field of business
  • B average or better
  • US citizen or right to work permit

Waisman Center, UW-Madison, Wisconsin Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program

Academic Year

Applications are generally due in May for the upcoming academic year.


This internship incorporates interdisciplinary didactic and practical experiences to help participants develop awareness, knowledge, and skill in the areas of interdisciplinary clinical care, family needs and preferences, and public health.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident visa.
  • Enrollment in graduate program. Individuals who have completed a graduate degree but would like this additional training can be considered, as well as a parent or family member of a child with a disability.
  • Full-time student status. Part-time students can be considered.
  • Commitment to a minimum of 300 hours of MCH leadership training over the academic year.
Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)
  • Summer internships
  • Phone interviews take place in the fall of the preceding year
Interview spots will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis upon completion of all preparatory steps. Students need to upload their application materials and confirm their available interview times by early fall. Many career fields across the country
  • Must be a US citizen
  • No GPA requirement
  • Be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education on a full-time basis (unless the severity of the disability precludes you from taking a full-time load) OR
  • Have graduated from such an institution within the past year OR
  • Be enrolled in such an institution as a degree-seeking student taking less than a full-time load in the enrollment period immediately prior to graduation
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