The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) is an educational nonprofit organization providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit.
Thanks to the generous support of the AT&T Foundation and The HSC Foundation, The Washington Center is working to help students develop leadership skills and gain valuable work experience in government, business and the non-profit sector. The Washington Center will complement students’ professional experience with solid academic training for credit from highly qualified instructors.
The Washington Center is able to provide competitive scholarship awards in the amount of $2,500 for students with disabilities. The scholarship award will be used toward the student’s housing fee. This scholarship may be combined with state scholarship awards available through The Washington Center.
ENTRY POINT! is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering outstanding internship opportunities for students with disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business. To meet the challenge of the competitive global economy in the new millennium, private industry and government research agencies must expand the pool of technical talent. AAAS has developed unique partnerships with IBM, NASA, Merck, NOAA, Google, Lockheed Martin, CVS, NAVAIR, Pfizer, Infosys, and university science laboratories to meet their human resources needs. Working with its partners, AAAS identifies and screens undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who are pursuing degrees in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business, and places them in paid summer internships.
The ENTRY POINT! program includes opportunities in private industry and government agencies. Students with disabilities can apply their skills in a real-world setting in competitive summer internships.
The ENTRY POINT! internships are particularly valuable because of the availability of mentoring and assistive technology, facilitating the entry and advancement of individuals with significant disabilities into competitive employment and research at all levels.
Emerging Leaders 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.
Student applicants are matched with businesses through a careful screening process that helps ensure that the internship placement is a good fit for both parties.
Booz Allen Hamilton founded Emerging Leaders in 2001. The program currently is managed by the National Business & Disability Council.
Microsoft Corporation and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) are proud to offer a summer internship program designed specifically for college and university students with disabilities interested in careers in information technology.
The Microsoft-AAPD Federal Information Technology (I.T.) Internship Program was created in 2003 to provide undergraduate students with disabilities, who have a demonstrated interest in I.T. careers, with the opportunity to participate and benefit from highly sought-after federal internships. The internship is made possible through a generous grant from Microsoft and will be administered by AAPD. In 2009, this internship program will provide ten (10) students with disabilities with the exclusive opportunity to participate in an eleven (11) week I.T. internship at a federal agency in Washington, D.C.
The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) offers a congressional internship program for undergraduate students with disabilities. The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation-AAPD Congressional Internship Program was created in 2002 to provide an opportunity for students with disabilities to work on Capitol Hill for eight (8) weeks and acquire valuable work experience that will enrich their academic studies. As congressional interns, participants gain insight into congressional office operations, public policy development, and constituents’ roles in the legislative and political processes. The internship program, administered by AAPD, was created in 2002 through a major grant from Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation.
The Job Accommodation Network is a service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). JAN is one of several ODEP projects. JAN’s mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, entrepreneurship, and related subjects. JAN’s efforts are in support of the employment, including self-employment and small business ownership, of people with disabilities. JAN represents the most comprehensive resource for job accommodations available. JAN’s work has greatly enhanced the job opportunities of people with disabilities by providing information on job accommodations since 1983. In 1991 JAN expanded to provide information on the Americans with Disabilities Act. JAN consultants have obtained at least one Master’s degree in their specialized fields, ranging from rehabilitation counseling to education and engineering. The development of the JAN system has been achieved through the collaborative efforts of the U.S. DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy, the International Center for Disability Information at West Virginia University, and private industry throughout North America.