AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns

2021-2022 Internship Cycle 

The call for application for the 2021-2022 Emerging Leaders Interns will begin in late June. If you have any questions or need additional clarification, please contact Maureen Johnson at [email protected].


Overview

There are over 3,000 trainees from every state and territory in the AUCD network, all with a commitment to collaborating and positively impacting the lives of people with disabilities. AUCD is seeking two (2) Emerging Leaders Interns to who are interested in learning more about information sharing, resource development and stakeholder engagement in a national non-profit organization setting. Interns will work together to passionately represent the network of current and former trainees, as well as early career professionals, and act as connection points between these individuals at their respective centers/programs and the broader national network. Over the course of the academic year, AUCD's goal is for the Interns and community of emerging leaders to learn, connect with each other and experts from across the country, get involved in a range of opportunities, and ultimately grow as advocates, clinicians, researchers, or any other roles they may assume.

The AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns will:

  • Develop their leadership and communication skills to support their future careers
  • Strengthen the community of emerging leaders through a range of projects
  • Engage with diverse stakeholders across partnering national networks 

Two women stand on stage, one speaking into a microphoneAUCD is committed to providing both interns with tasks that will advance their marketable skills, all while empowering their peers to make a positive impact on the local, state, and national level. They will serve as Emerging Leaders representatives to the broader AUCD network, interacting with AUCD staff at all levels and the Emerging Leaders Representative on the AUCD Board of Directors.

Both interns will receive direction and mentorship from the Program Specialist, a full-time staff member at AUCD central office. AUCD will provide funding for both trainees to experience and perform duties at the AUCD Conference (typically in November or December) and the Disability Policy Seminar (typically in March); both events are held in Washington, D.C.

Specific Responsibilities, Time Commitment, and Stipend

Both positions span one full academic year (mid-August through end of May). AUCD offers two different weekly time commitments and stipends.

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One of the AUCD Emerging Leaders Intern will be a second year (or more advanced) long-term trainee for the upcoming academic year who will focus primarily on events with the following responsibilities:

  • Work 5-6 hours per week, with the exception of the time immediately around conference/events, in which time commitment may increase
  • Receive a $1,075 stipend each semester* and all expenses paid (airfare, lodging, and food) to two national meetings (see “Requirements for both interns” below)
  • Primarily focus on the following responsibilities: 
    • Develop and participate in the Welcome Webinar in September
    • Collaborate with the other intern to develop materials for the End of the Year webinar in April
    • Contribute ideas to the development of and play a role in the execution of trainee-focused activities at AUCD in-person meetings, including the creation of related materials, and attending other relevant events as appropriate
    • Showcasing the diversity of the network through the AUCD Emerging Leaders Map, including developing and editing content related to an established theme, participant recruitment, information sharing, and ongoing evaluation of the map's effectiveness
  • Specific requirements for this internship include:
    • Utilize a variety of Microsoft products such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
    • Experience in coordinating events for diverse audiences

A young woman stands next to the AUCD signAUCD Emerging Leaders Intern, Communications & Engagement
The other AUCD Emerging Leaders Intern will be a long-term trainee at any level (all trainees welcome to apply, including first-year trainees!) for the upcoming academic year who will focus primarily on communications and engagement with the following responsibilities:

  • Work 3-4 hours per week, with the exception of the time immediately around conference/events, in which time commitments may increase
  • Receive a $675 stipend each semester* and all expenses paid (airfare, lodging, and food) to two national meetings a year (see "Requirements for both interns" below)
  • Primarily focus on the following responsibilities:
    • Contribute ideas on how to promote engagement with the Emerging Leaders Community via social media and other online channels
    • Recruiting, communicating with, and regularly seeking input from Trainee Liaisons (trainee representatives from each Program and Center) to enhance the reach and impact of the Emerging Leaders Community
    • Taking meeting minutes during bi-weekly check-ins with AUCD staff (frequency may increase leading up to events)
    • Collaborate with the other intern to develop materials for the End of the Year webinar in April
  • Specific requirements for this internship include:
    • Familiarity with web-based platforms (e.g. social media, Zoom, listservs)
    • Experience engaging diverse audience in multiple formats

*Note: The stipend will be paid to the individual or to the Program/Center, based on Program/Center policies. Stipends will be issued upon completion of internship objectives, but AUCD is flexible as how to structure payments.

Requirements for both Interns:

  • One-hour bi-weekly check-in meetings with each other and AUCD Emerging Leaders Teams (frequency may increase leading up to events)
  • Attend the AUCD Conference (December 6-9, 2020) and the Disability Policy Seminar (March 2021); both in Washington, D.C.
  • Exhibit foundational knowledge of the AUCD network and a desire to learn more
  • Demonstrate an interest in national issues related to leadership and people with disabilities
  • Model cultural and linguistic competence in interactions with colleagues and professionals from around the country representing a wide range of abilities, racial/ethnic backgrounds, and cultural identities
  • Respond in a timely manner to inquiries received by the Emerging Leaders e-mail account
  • Use exceptional communication skills
  • Work independently and with others as appropriate
Please note that all meetings (e.g. webinars, trainee liaison calls, check-ins, etc) will primarily occur during AUCD's business hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm ET. 

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Application Process

Prior to applying, all interested trainees are encouraged to have a conversation with their Center/Program Director or Training Director about the time and travel commitments associated with the position. For example, it will be helpful for applicants to know if internship hours can be applied to training requirements (e.g. a leadership project) or not.

Please read all the required submitted materials carefully.

  • Your resume or CV (brief: no more than 2 pages)
  • A one-page letter of interest describing the following things: (1) why you want to serve in this role, (2) how you see it contributing to your professional growth, and (3) how the position match your current skillset.
  • Application form (download application form)
  • A statement of support from your LEND or UCEDD Director or Training Director 

Selection and Onboarding Process

Please note the dates below were for the 2020-2021 cycle. 2021-2022 cycle will approximately follow the dates below. 

  • Interviews (virtual using Zoom or a similar web-based platform) will occur in July 2020
  • The two selected interns will be notified by August 2020
  • In August 2020 and January 2021, the AUCD Emerging Leaders team and the two trainees' Director and/or Training Director will participate in an orientation meeting to review all the responsibilities and workplan for each semester.
 

Questions

If you have any questions or need additional clarification, please contact Maureen Johnson at [email protected].