As a leader in disability advocacy for nearly 40 years, the mission of TASH is to promote the full inclusion and participation of children and adults with significant disabilities in every aspect of their community, and to eliminate the social injustices that diminish human rights. TASH works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families and self-advocates. These things are accomplished through collaboration among self-advocates, families, professionals, policy-makers, advocates and many others who seek to promote equity, opportunity and inclusion. TASH offers internships at its national headquarters in Washington, DC. The internship program is designed to provide undergraduate, graduate and post graduate students with an opportunity to gain experience and learn about TASH and to contribute to inclusive practices in every aspect of life for people with significant disabilities.
Internship Positions Available: Undergraduate, graduate and post graduate students will work on activities that are aligned with TASH’s mission and national agenda. Interns will be assigned to a specific project(s) based on their course of study, years of experience, and area of interest. Students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Internships focus on:
- Public policy
- Marketing and communications
- Nonprofit management
- Fund development
- Conference management
Interns are expected to have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Ability to receive and utilize constructive feedback regarding performance, presentation and relationships with others
- Ability to present oneself in an appropriately personable and professional manner
- Ability to communicate orally, both in person and by phone, or through assistive technology
- Ability to communicate via email
- Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
- Knowledge of operating office equipment or ability to learn to do so
- Ability to conduct online and literature searches
- Ability to work under a deadline
- Written communication skills – especially taking notes
- Ability to be thorough in the completion of assigned projects
- Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines
- Innovative skills
- Ability to commit to at least 20 hours per week; and
- Perform additional duties as requested
Internship Dates: Start and end dates for internships will be flexible, and based on the needs of the individual applying and TASH.
Funding: Interns will not receive financial compensation.
General Information: Hours and scope of work of internship will be negotiated on an individual basis. Interns may receive academic credit, which is determined and managed solely by the school and the student as TASH is not involved in academic credit. All interns are subject to the applicable TASH employee policies. Interns are expected to be a student in good standing at an accredited university and majoring in a field related to focus areas listed above. All interns will be asked to complete an internship evaluation at the end of their experiences. Interns are responsible for their own housing arrangements and transportation, as well as providing their own computer/laptop.
Accommodations Policy: Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.
Nondiscrimination Policy: Minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Application Procedure: Candidates must submit a cover letter and resume to apply for an internship. During the selection process, candidates will be asked for two letters of reference and an unofficial transcript, as well as a writing sample. Applications are accepted by mail, fax or email. Resumes and cover letters can be sent to:
TASH Internship Program
ATTN: Bethany Alvare′
2013 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006