Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs DC Internship Program

Background on USICD's 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 foreign affairs careers. This is the Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program. 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.  We hope to have the program available again in the summer of 2019 with continued funding from MEAF and other generous sponsors.

The Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program 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 2014-2017.  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.  During the first four years of the program, USICD placed over 30 interns at  different international organizations in the DC area. Throughout the summer internship program, interns participate in trainings and workshops on career development topics, in addition to attending meetings at the State Department and other agencies. Interns will receive a limited stipend, reimbursement for travel expenses, and fully-accessible housing.  For more information, please consult the "Frequently Asked Questions" section.

Each intern in the program is usually placed at a different host organization for their internship.  To learn more about past alumni who have participated in the program, and the various host organizations where they were placed, visit the Alumni page.  You may also wish to read blog posts by past interns about their experiences and perspectives.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must either be a graduate student, or a rising college junior or senior, or a recent graduate. "Recent graduates" for the summer 2017 program need to have graduated between spring 2016 and spring 2017 with a bachelor's or a graduate degree.
  • You must be a person with a disability.
  • You must meet one of the following age criteria:
    • Most candidates must be age 30 or younger (i.e., born on or after May 28, 1987). 
    • U.S. veterans remain eligible up to age 35 (i.e., born on or after May 28, 1982). 
    • USICD may consider granting other exceptions to the 30-year age limit in extraordinary circumstances for other candidates up to age 35. 
  • For more specific questions related to eligibility, including the age limit, please consult the "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) page on the eligibility criteria for USICD's internship program.

How to Apply

Applications for the summer 2017 program are closed.

Ask Andrea Shettle at to add you to our Youth in Development mailing list. People on the Youth in Development mailing list will receive occasional reminders and will be alerted to any important new information. You may also wish to sign up for USICD's newsletter and/or the Youth in Development mailing list via USICD's landing page at
Learn more detail about the eligibility criteria, the application and screening process, and the program via the "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) section. Be aware that sometimes some infomation may change from one year to the next.

FAQ About USICD's Internship Program

Bios of past alumni of USICD's internship program (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013)

(Note that each bio includes a statement about which organization hosted the person's internship via USICD's internship program. This includes a hypertext link to the website for the host organization.)

Links to blog posts by past Interns

Host Organizations

If your organization is interested in hosting an intern from USICD's internship program in the summer 2017 program, please contact David Morrissey at or (202) 480-2332.  During the first four years a total of 17 different host organizations have hosted 24 interns via USICD's internship program.