The American Association of People with Disabilities if offering two opportunities with deadlines in October 2021.

2022 AAPD Summer Internship

In 2002, AAPD launched the Summer Internship Program to develop the next generation of leaders with disabilities. We place college students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in paid summer internships with Congressional offices, federal agencies, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations within the Washington, DC area. Starting in 2022, AAPD will offer a hybrid internship program with some interns joining remotely from across the country in addition to the interns based in DC. During the summer, each intern builds their leadership and advocacy skills in our Disability Advocacy Certificate Programs and is also matched with a mentor who has similar professional goals and interests. AAPD provides interns with a living stipend and transportation to and from Washington, DC, and fully accessible housing (if in person) or a technology budget (if remote). We recruit a diverse cohort of interns, as a result we connect our host employers to talented students and recent graduates with disabilities. More information can be found on the AAPD's Summer Internship page.

Apply for the Summer Internship Program by Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 5:00pm ET.

2022 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is seeking to recognize emerging leaders or groups with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community through the 2022 Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards. While the Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards have previously recognized only two individuals, we are expanding the eligibility status so that groups of people working on an initiative can apply for the award. Everyone in the group applying for the award must identify as an emerging leader with a disability. Two (2) individuals or groups will each receive $7,500 to further a new or existing initiative that increases opportunities for people with disabilities and $2,500 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the disability community. The recipients of the 2022 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards will be honored among national disability leaders and activists at the 2022 AAPD Leadership Awards Gala on March 9, 2022.

Apply for the 2022 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award by Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 5:00pm ET.

AAPD will host a Zoom webinar on Wednesday, October 13 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm ET for any interested applicants to review the information above and answer any questions you have. ASL and CART will be provided. Register here for the webinar.