Youth in International Development and Affairs DC Internship Program (YIDA)

Background on YIDA Internship Program

In 2013, with the vital support of the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF), USICD launched its first internship program focusing on youth with disabilities who are interested in international development or international affairs careers. The project follows from a vision, core to USICD’s mission, to increase disability inclusion in U.S. foreign affairs by supporting future generations of Americans to invest their skills and talents in this field.  The program was held again in 2014, with continued funding from MEAF and additional funding from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

The Youth in International Development and Affairs Program (YIDA) brought its first cohort of seven talented graduate and undergraduate students and recent graduates with disabilities to Washington, DC, for nine weeks in the summer of 2013 to expose them to the international development field.  A similar program was held in 2014 with eight interns.  Participants go through a one week training course and then work with a major international development agency for eight weeks to learn more about foreign aid and development. Throughout the program, interns will be able to participate in trainings and workshops on career development topics, in addition to attend hearings in Congressional Foreign Relations Committees and attend meetings at the State Department and other agencies. Interns will receive a limited stipend, travel expenses, and fully-accessible housing.


  • You must be an American citizen.
  • You must either be a graduate student or a rising junior or senior in college or a recent graduate. "Recent graduates" for the summer 2014 program need to have graduated no earlier than Spring of 2013.
  • You must be a person with a disability.

How to Apply

The YIDA program will be able to host another cohort of interns in the summer of 2014.  The tentative dates for this program will be from May 26 to July 26: these dates may be subject to change. 

The application deadline for the summer 2014 YIDA program passed on January 29, 2014.  We are unable to accept any additional applications for the summer of 2014.  Please monitor this space, or sign up for the USICD newsletter and/or YIDA mailing list, for further information on the summer 2015 YIDA program.  Sign up for the USICD newsletter or YIDA mailing list at USICD's home page, or email

If you have any questions, please review the FAQ for the YIDA program to see if your question is addressed there (find link below).  If you still have questions, please call 202-347-0102 or email

Link to FAQ About the YIDA Internship Program

Link to bios of 2013 YIDA Interns

Links to blog posts by past YIDA Interns

Download a handout about the YIDA program

Host Organizations

Seven international organizations in the DC area hosted YIDA interns in the summer of 2013.  If your organization is interested in hosting a YIDA intern in the summer 2014 program, please contact David Morrissey at or (202) 347-0102.