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Transition & Disability Intern – Position Description

Transition & Disability Intern – Position Description

Transition & Disability Intern – Position Description

Who we are:

IEL’s mission is to partner with under-resourced communities to equip leaders to better prepare children, youth, adults, and families for postsecondary education and training, rewarding careers, and civic and community engagement. IEL works with service providers at the local, state, and national levels to prepare and support Opportunity Youth – youth and young adults with and without disabilities – for successful transitions into productive careers and financial independence. We also work directly with emerging and existing leaders in the disability community to advance our shared goal of full inclusion.

Position Overview:

Reporting to the Deputy Director, Center for Workforce Development, you will gain experience through various initiatives that promote career readiness and successful transitions to adulthood for all youth with and without disabilities, with a special focus on youth who are justice-involved, who are in or who have aged out of foster care, or who experience homelessness. This internship provides an opportunity to support programs to increase the capacity of and connections among all stakeholders in the education and workforce development systems. Undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent graduates with an interest in secondary or postsecondary education, career development, employment and the workforce, and disability issues are encouraged to apply.  

Major Responsibilities:

  • Online research about federal, state, and local youth programs, policies, and initiatives
  • Writing and editing content for publications, training materials, presentations, newsletters, and websites
  • Preparing for and participating in internal and external meetings and conferences as needed
  • Participating in internal and program meetings
  • Preparing for and participating in meetings, teleconferences, and conferences as they arise.
  • Assisting with dissemination of project/program publications and announcements using social media tools including Twitter and Facebook
  • Assisting with evaluation-related tasks including data entry and preparing and shipping evaluation forms
  • Administrative tasks including responding to phone and email queries, photocopying and shipping training/event materials, and other tasks as assigned

Qualifications and experience:

  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and experience with information gathering
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member and with minimal supervision
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications and web-related software preferred
  • Experience with APA Style for writing and editing preferred

Work requirements:

Position is based in Washington, D.C. We are willing to act as a supervisor to assure that any undergraduate can receive academic credit. We offer a supportive and fun office environment where interns will gain valuable experience in disability, education, and workforce policy. IEL is an equal opportunity employer and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Hours and Compensation:

This is a part-time internship that IEL hires for on a rolling basis in conjunction with the academic calendar. Fall, spring, and summer internships are typically available each year, beginning in September, January, and June respectively. While weekly schedule and start and end dates are flexible, the ideal candidate will be available 24-40 hours per week or three to five days per week for at least 12 weeks. Interns receiving college credit for the internship are paid a daily stipend of $25/day. Interns will not be paid for holidays or closures and will not receive any of the employee benefits that regular IEL employees receive, including but not limited to health insurance, vacation or sick pay, paid holidays, or participation in IEL’s 401(k) plan.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter that describes what interests you about the internship, what skills and experience you would bring to the role, and what you would like to gain from this experience. Include your resume and a writing sample with your letter of interest.  Send the letter, resume, and writing sample with subject line “Disability & Transition Internship” to

Learn more about IEL’s work with transition age youth with and without disabilities at


IEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status or disabled veterans’ status. IEL is implementing a diversity and supported inclusion strategy and is actively and intentionally encouraging applicants of color, of diverse backgrounds, and with disabilities to apply.