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. 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 will be held again in the summer of 2017 with continued funding from MEAF. 

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, 2015, and 2016.  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 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.  We anticipate that the summer 2017 cohort will need to be in DC from May 28 to July 29, 2017, though these dates may be subject to change.  For more detail on the program, please consult the "Frequently Asked Questions" section.

Each intern in the Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs 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, 1987). 
    • 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

Monitor this space for information coming soon about how to apply for the summer 2017 internship program.

Also contact us at to ask for your email address(es) to be added to our mailing list to be notified as soon as we announce the application process for the 2017 summer internship program.

FAQ About USICD's Internship Program

Be aware that some details may change between now and the time we open for applications for the summer 2017 internship program.

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

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.