Permanent and spring and summer jobs in D.C.


Former summer Fellows focusing on four policy areas

RespectAbility, focused on the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities, is on a nationwide search for a National Leadership Program Director as well as spring and summer interns in the Washington, D.C, area. 

Education is top priority in fulfilling RespectAbility's goals, making their Leadership Program a vital part of their programming. Approximately 25 interns yearly have an opportunity to participate in one of their four areas of concentration: public policystrategic communicationsreligious inclusion and nonprofit development

There are 750,000 disabled behind bars in this country, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics in a 2015 report. RespectAbility's 46-page Disability and Criminal Justice Reform white paper, presents the issues and recommendations for policies to address them. 

Included in those incarcerated, RespectAbility estimates 140,000 are blind or have vision loss, 140,000 are deaf or have significant hearing impairments and more than 200,000 have mobility issues. The largest group, which includes more than half a million people, has cognitive impairments. 

Thus the permanent position and the internships are wonderful opportunities for individuals who are interested in making a difference in the lives of many disabled individuals as well as the communities in which they reside. 

In their search for Leadership Program Director, they are looking for a talented professional who is interested in working with young professionals to develop their skills and launch their careers. In this role, the Director will work directly to support talented young leaders who aspire to careers in policy, communications or media. 

About the internships, a former Policy Fellow who is a current Master's Degree candidate at the Elliott School, the George Washington University, "The standards at Respectability are very high. "The work is substantive and demanding in a good way. You immediately fee that you are part of the team and contribute directly to meeting the goals of RespectAbility. 

"A RespectAbility fellow gets to make a difference while learning valuable and marketable skills."

Applicant Details
Following are some of the points about the internships:

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills are strongly preferred, and fellows should exhibit leadership skills to complete their own projects
  • Strong preference for college juniors and above
  • Commitment for a minimum of nine weeks, preference for full semester for current students
  • Hours are 9-5, and fellows must be able to work at least 20 hours a week, though 40 hours per week is preferred
  • No tuition cost to do the fellowship; fellows will be awarded $250 a month as a transportation reimbursement
  • Fellowship takes place in Rockville, MD (office is a short distance from the White Flint Metro Station)
  • Cover letter must explain why this fellowship in particular is of interest to you and what you “bring to the table.” Discuss why you believe that you have the skills, focus and independent drive to make a positive difference in your time with us at RespectAbility.

To apply, fill out the linked Google Doc form and email your resume and cover letter. to  to appl



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