Fall hiring for National RespectAbility Leadership Program


Former fellowship recipients

Talented people with disabilities and without who have an interest in public service, running for office, advocating on Capitol Hill, working at a non-profit, or working in Hollywood or media are who RespectAbility is offering a minimum nine-week fellowship, with a start date of Sept. 4. 

Fellows work with mentors and professional staff, strengthening skills in advocacy and leadership as well as get hands-on training in public speaking, writing, social media and networking. 

There are opportunities for both paid and unpaid Fellowships. Each year nine fellows are paid $15 an hour for 360 hours. Unpaid fellows receive a monthly transportation stipend of $300. Lunch is provided daily for all Fellows. 

In addition, all Fellows participate in special presentations by guest speakers, get personal coaching on their writing and resumes, meet with elected officials and participate in strategic communications workshops. 

The Fellowship is for college and graduate students, as well as recent graduates and those in the early stages of their careers. 

The goal is to enable young leaders to gain critical skills to jump-start their careers in public policy, media or advocacy. Alumni of the program have gone on to work at the White House, Congress, advocacy organizations, foundations, The World Bank and elsewhere. 

Depending on the area of focus that that a fellow chooses, they will have the chance to:

  • Enable diverse people with disabilities to get the skills and jobs they need for a better future.
  • Fight implicit bias and stigmas by promoting positive and accurate portrayals of people with disabilities in TV, films and the news media.
  • Educate philanthropists and nonprofits about how they can include people with disabilities equally in their work.
  • Reach out to candidates for Senate, Governor and the Presidency in a nonpartisan way that will encourage key conversations about issues that impact the 56 million people in America who live with a disability.
  • Include people with disabilities in faith communities.  

To apply, fill out this linked Google Doc Form, then email resume with cover letter.



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