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Are you looking for a paid summer internship? Are you a college or graduate student with a disability?
Are you looking for an opportunity to jumpstart your career path?

If the answer to any one of these questions is yes, you should consider the Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities. Coordinated by the National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center, this highly competitive program places top undergraduate and graduate college students with disabilities in fulfilling summer internships nationwide that provide them with meaningful leadership development and networking opportunities.

Here is what students who have participated in the Emerging Leaders program had to say about their experiences:

“My Emerging Leaders internship was an ideal introduction into corporate America and opened my eyes to possible career paths. My manager and colleagues mentored me and ensured that I had every opportunity to gain new skills, grow my strengths, and network. My experience this summer is invaluable.” Kylie Long, Emory College, Emerging Leaders Class of 2012.

“The internship has prepared me to tackle the real world and have confidence in doing so. Truly, Emerging Leaders is like no other program. 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." Jason Lee, New York University, Emerging Leaders Class of 2012.

“The Emerging Leaders is an outstanding, innovative and inspiring program. The program assists companies in finding new, outstanding talent while also considering diversity and inclusion in their hiring practices. It allowed me to gain hands-on experience in the insurance field. The program has helped me to develop strong leadership skills, independence and confidence.” Rolando Martinez, Lehman College, Emerging Leaders Class of 2012.

“The Emerging Leaders program is indeed a platform for success. I was exposed to teams working in unison all across the globe, in what seemed to be a premeditated symphony. EL’s partners are companies providing the real world tools and tricks of the trade to get a taste of what it takes to be exactly that- a leader.” Rafy Blu Cabrera, Manhattan Community College, Emerging Leaders Class of 2012.

To qualify to apply for the Emerging Leaders program, you must:

     • Self-identify as a person with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act
     • Have completed a minimum of 60 college/university-level credits
     • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA
     • Maintain matriculated student status for the semester following your internship (graduating
       seniors immediately continuing on to graduate level study may apply)
     • Have U.S. citizenship or be a documented alien legally authorized to work in the U.S.

For more information on the application process or to download an application form, click here.

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