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2023 AAPD Summer Internship Program

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is pleased to announce the application for the 2023 AAPD Summer Internship Program. This summer internship program is for students and recent graduates with disabilities. We place interns with partners in Washington, DC and across the nation for both in-person and remote paid internships.

AAPD is a national cross-disability civil rights organization that works to increase the political and economic power of people with disabilities. In 2002, AAPD launched the Summer Internship Program to develop the next generation of leaders with disabilities. For 20 years, we have placed college students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in paid summer internships with Congressional offices, federal agencies, nonprofit and for-profit organizations within the Washington, DC area. The AAPD Summer Internship Program advances participants’ career opportunities, deepens their leadership skills, and meaningfully connects them to the broader disability community.

During the summer, each intern is matched with a mentor who provides them with career guidance. AAPD provides interns with a living stipend, a technology and internet stipend for remote interns, transportation to and from Washington, DC, and fully accessible housing. Due to minimizing barriers to participation, we are able to recruit a diverse cohort of interns. As a result, we connect our host employers to talented emerging leaders with disabilities.

For Summer 2023, AAPD will offer interns the option to participate in-person in Washington, DC or fully remote. At the beginning of summer, interns participate in a 1-week orientation session to acclimate to AAPD and Washington, DC, meet their peers, and learn about the disability rights movement. Throughout the summer, interns are also required to participate in the Disability Advocacy Certificate Program, where interns learn about key issues in the disability community and develop skills to advocate on the local, state, and national level. Through conversations with issue experts, participants will have the opportunity to learn and apply advocacy skills, focusing primarily on the use of storytelling. Interns will be expected to participate in the classes every Friday afternoon. The Certificate Program is currently only available to participating interns. Lastly, interns receive opportunities to attend events and network on Capitol Hill, conferences, community events, briefings, and more.

Apply for the Summer Internship Program by Monday, October 24, 2022 at 5:00pm ET.

AAPD will host a Zoom webinar on Thursday, October 6 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm ET for any individuals interested in hearing more about the application, asking questions, and learning more about the experience from alumni of the program. ASL and CART will be provided. Register here for the Summer Internship Program webinar. If you have any questions or additional access needs, please email