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Internships for College Students with Disabilities

October 30, 2013
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The National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center’s Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities gives college students with disabilities the opportunity to jumpstart their career path and gain a competitive edge. Funded by The UPS Foundation and coordinated by NBDC, the highly competitive program places top undergraduate and graduate  students in fulfilling summer internships with companies nationwide. NBDC works with the students to pair them with companies offering internships that match their majors and qualifications.

“The Emerging Leaders program gives students the much needed experience to compete in today’s job market,” said Laura M. Francis, Executive Director at the National Business & Disability Council at The Viscardi Center. “It also allows the students who participate to make contacts that could kick-start their careers.”

Kylie Long, who participated in the 2012 Emerging Leaders program, not only gained priceless insight that positively impacted her career development, she was hired by New York Life Insurance Company. “My Emerging Leaders internship was an ideal introduction into corporate America. My manager and colleagues mentored me and ensured that I had every opportunity to gain new skills, grow my strengths and network.”

“The internship has prepared me to tackle the real world and have confidence in doing so. Truly, Emerging Leaders is like no other program,” said Jason Lee of New York University. “You receive guidance and opportunities to grow and learn. I will forever remember this program as the first major stepping-stone to the real world."

Companies that have participated in the Emerging Leaders program include Bank of America, CIT Transportation, Booz Allen Hamilton, MetLife, New York Life Insurance Company, and Prudential, to name a few.

Applications are due by December 31, 2013.  For more information, call NBDC Information Services at 516. 465.1519. Click here for program qualifications and to apply for the 2014 Emerging Leaders Internship Program.

NBDC’s services are offered through tiered membership levels or on a consultant basis and assist businesses in developing strategies to implement, grow, measure and create solid disability programs. These include talent acquisition, advancement and retention strategies; customized training seminars and workshops; facility and IT accessibility surveys; and an information hotline for disability-related employment issues. Its initiatives to assist employers with expanding their recruiting of people with disabilities include Job Postings Services that aid in attracting qualified people with disabilities to their companies, the NBDC National Resume Database® that provides access to resume listings 24/7 and the Emerging Leaders summer internship program for college students with disabilities.

Founded by Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who served as disability advisor to eight U.S. presidents and became one of the world’s leading advocates, The Viscardi Center provides Pre-K through High School education, school-to-work transition services, vocational training, career counseling and placement, assistive technology and workforce diversification assistance to children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and businesses. A global leader, it employs more than 300 professionals, including experts in education, human resources and technology.

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