Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs DC Internship Program
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Background on USICD's Internship Program
In 2013, with the vital support of the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF), USICD launched its first internship program focusing on youth with disabilities who are interested in international development or foreign affairs careers. This is the Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program. The project follows from a vision, core to USICD’s mission, to increase disability inclusion in U.S. foreign affairs by supporting future generations of Americans to invest their skills and talents in this field. The program will be held again in the summer of 2017 with continued funding from MEAF.
The Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program brought its first cohort of seven talented graduate and undergraduate students and recent graduates with disabilities to Washington, DC, for nine weeks in the summer of 2013 to expose them to the international development field. A similar program was held in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Participants go through a one week training course and then work with a major international development agency for eight weeks to learn more about foreign aid and development. During the first four years of the program, USICD placed a total of 24 interns at 17 different international organizations in the DC area. Throughout the summer internship program, interns participate in trainings and workshops on career development topics, in addition to attending meetings at the State Department and other agencies. Interns will receive a limited stipend, reimbursement for travel expenses, and fully-accessible housing. We anticipate that the summer 2017 cohort will need to be in DC from May 28 to July 29, 2017, though these dates may be subject to change. For more detail on the program, please consult the "Frequently Asked Questions" section.
Each intern in the Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs program is usually placed at a different host organization for their internship. To learn more about past alumni who have participated in the program, and the various host organizations where they were placed, visit the Alumni page. You may also wish to read blog posts by past interns about their experiences and perspectives.
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
- You must either be a graduate student, or a rising college junior or senior, or a recent graduate. "Recent graduates" for the summer 2017 program need to have graduated between spring 2016 and spring 2017 with a bachelor's or a graduate degree.
- You must be a person with a disability.
- You must meet one of the following age criteria:
- Most candidates must be age 30 or younger (i.e., born on or after May 28, 1987).
- U.S. veterans remain eligible up to age 35 (i.e., born on or after May 28, 1982).
- USICD may consider granting other exceptions to the 30-year age limit in extraordinary circumstances for other candidates up to age 35.
- For more specific questions related to eligibility, including the age limit, please consult the "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) page on the eligibility criteria for USICD's internship program.
How to Apply
Applications for the summer 2017 program are due by January 25, 2017! This date represents an extension from the old deadline given in earlier announcements. Application is a two-step process:
FAQ About USICD's Internship Program
- FAQ: Eligibility Criteria
- FAQ: Application and Screening Process
- FAQ: What Interns Can Expect if Accepted into USICD's Internship Program
(Note that each bio includes a statement about which organization hosted the person's internship via USICD's internship program. This includes a hypertext link to the website for the host organization.)
If your organization is interested in hosting an intern from USICD's internship program in the summer 2017 program, please contact David Morrissey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 480-2332. During the first four years a total of 17 different host organizations have hosted 24 interns via USICD's internship program.