Announcing Summer Policy Internship Opportunities

AFB Public Policy Center - Washington, D.C.

Invitation - The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Public Policy Center is inviting applications for up to four 2006 Summer Policy Internship opportunities. Located in our nation's capitol, the AFB Public Policy Center strives to expand possibilities for people with vision loss by advocating the formulation and implementation of federal legislative, regulatory, legal and funding priorities honoring the capabilities and unique needs of children, working-age adults and seniors who are blind or visually impaired. The purpose of the Summer Policy Internships is to provide highly motivated individuals with professional-level exposure to, and practice with, the public policy process and an opportunity to apply specialized knowledge and skills in a dynamic environment.

Qualified Applicants - Candidates for these exciting learning experiences will possess a  bachelor's degree and be currently pursuing a post-graduate course of study relating to special education, rehabilitation, public health or related human services discipline. All successful candidates will  also possess a demonstrable commitment to people with vision loss or other disabilities.

Structure - The Summer Policy Internships are designed to provide maximum flexibility while affording participants with a serious opportunity to learn and work with clear goals and expectations. Each internship  will run between at least four, and no more than six, weeks. Internships will be scheduled so as to run between Tuesday, May 30,  and Friday, August 18,  2006. Although specific projects will vary depending on the interests and emerging expertise of each successful candidate, activities common to all internships will include meeting with key congressional and federal agency staff; scheduling Hill and other appointments; preparation of correspondence and briefing materials; drafting short newsletter articles for distribution via the web; participation in coalition meetings within and outside the field of vision loss; and acquaintance with tools for conducting policy research. Extensive mentoring by AFB Public Policy Center staff will offer participants both support and guidance. It will be our pleasure to work with candidates to structure their individual internships to accommodate specific objectives, such as the  attainment of academic credit for participation.

Internship Awards - All internship participants will be offered housing through one of  the local universities convenient to public transportation to and  from the AFB Public Policy Center. Housing costs will be covered for  each full week of participation. In addition, a $1,000 stipend will be awarded to each participant upon full completion of the  agreed-upon internship period. Participants will need to make their own travel arrangements and carry all other incidental costs which they may otherwise voluntarily incur. Subject to available funds or  other contingencies, participants may be sponsored to attend conferences which may be held during the internship period, either in whole or in part, as mutually agreed upon.

Applications -  To apply, send a resume or CV along with a letter of interest via  e-mail to mrichert@afb.net by close of business Monday, April 3, 2006. Your materials must indicate  the academic program in which you are currently enrolled or which will  commence in the Fall of 2006; any specific issues of particular interest to you which you would like to pursue during your internship; the total number of weeks (between four and six) you  would be available and your desired start date; at least one academic or professional reference; and an expression of your personal sense  of how participation in the internship fits within your overall  career objectives. Successful applicants will be notified by April 10.

Mark Richert, Esq, Director, Public Policy
American Foundation for the Blind
820 First Street, N.E., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20002
202-408-8175 or mrichert@afb.net 
www.afb.org