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Mar 19 2015

NCD is Seeking Policy Interns!

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent, nonpartisan federal agency that provides the Administration and the U.S. Congress with thoughtful and timely analysis and recommendations to inform policy development, revision, and enforcement efforts. As a federal voice for 56 million Americans with disabilities, NCD is committed to advancing policy solutions that create a more inclusive country in which all Americans have equal opportunities to contribute to society. 

First established as a small advisory council within the Department of Education in 1978, NCD was transformed into an independent agency in 1984 and charged with reviewing all federal disability programs and policies. In 1986, NCD recommended adoption of an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and drafted the first version of the bill introduced in the House and Senate in 1988. Since enactment of the ADA in 1990, NCD has continued to play a leading role analyzing the needs of Americans with disabilities, crafting policy solutions, and advising the President and Congress.

An NCD policy internship will provide students with the opportunity to learn about various aspects of domestic and international disability public policy, public affairs, and legislative process. , Work will include projects, the topics of which include but are not limited to health care, employment, education, emerging technology, and voting rights.

NCD Interns will be expected to:

Collaborate with staff in preparing background memoranda on selected policy issues.

  • Collect and analyze statistical and social science data for use in legal memoranda/briefs and policy presentations.
  • Assist in outreach to disability organizations.
  • Assist in the development of website content and other public information materials.
  • Perform special projects and other duties as assigned.


NCD policy internships are open to students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school who can demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent research, writing and communications skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including internet research.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Experience with and interest in disability policy, and / or legislative knowledge or experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and civil liberties issues. Personal experience with disability preferred.

Interested candidates should send resumes to