Summer Internships at the NFB

From a mailing list I’m on:

Summer Internship Opportunities

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind people in the United States. With an affiliate in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, the Federation is the voice of the nation’s blind. In 2004, the NFB established the Jernigan Institute as the first research and training facility developed and directed by blind people. Through its members at the local level and programs and services offered through the NFB Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, the Federation has established itself as a leader in creating innovative education programs, technologies, research, and partnerships that will forever change opportunities for the blind. As we imagine and build a future full of opportunities, we are interested in fostering leadership and innovation through NFB internships.
NFB internships provide an opportunity for individuals to contribute to the work of the Federation while gaining valuable work experience at the center of innovation in the blindness field. NFB internships will be hosted at the NFB headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, and may last a month or a semester depending on the needs of the NFB and the skills and interests of the intern. Internship placements are currently available for the summer of 2013. NFB internships include a stipend and can include sleeping accommodations at the NFB Jernigan Institute.
Areas where interns might be placed during the summer of 2013 include:
· Access technology
· Civil rights­especially advocacy around voting rights and educational accessibility
· Data management
· Education programs
· Governmental affairs
· Information technology
· Jacobus tenBroek Library
· NFB NEWSLINE® for the Blind
· Outreach and fundraising
· Public relations & social media
Individuals interested in applying for an internship with the National Federation of the Blind should prepare the following materials and submit them no later than April 30, 2013:
1. A cover letter expressing why you are uniquely qualified for an NFB internship, what area you would prefer to work in, and what types of projects you are interested in doing during your internship. Please include any innovative new projects that you might want to help initiate during your internship. The letter should also express the dates you would be available to perform your internship with the NFB.
2. A resume including current contact information.
3. Two or three references with complete contact information.
Send all of your materials, preferably via email, to:
National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
Attn: Bridgid Burke
Director of Fiscal Services
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Email: bburke@nfb.org
Questions regarding NFB internships can be directed to Mark Riccobono at 410-659-9314, extension 2368, or mriccobono@nfb.org.

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One Response to Summer Internships at the NFB

  1. The Jernigan Institute is offering two six- to eight-week fulltime internships in Baltimore, Maryland. At least one will be dedicated to assisting with the research relative to and implementation of the NFB Youth Slam, an experiential four-day academy for blind teens focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math. The Slam will include two hundred blind teens supervised by blind mentors from around the country participating in pre and post evaluation procedures for the purpose of determining the effectiveness of such an academy and follow-up mentoring activities. To learn more about the Slam go to http://www.blindscience.org/ncbys/Youth_Slam.asp .

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