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THE NATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

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National Leadership Program participants standing in front of the White House

The National Leadership Program is for young leaders who are committed to disability issues and plan to go into careers in public policy, advocacy, communications, fundraising, nonprofit management or faith-based inclusion. The program enables participants to gain skills and contacts while making a positive difference for people with disabilities. We are seeking creative, results-driven individuals who want to achieve breakthrough results while getting hands-on experience. The Fellowship is for college and graduate students, as well as recent graduates.

The National Leadership Program has three cohorts of Fellows – fall, spring and summer – for a total of at least 24 Fellows. We now are accepting applications for Spring 2018, which allows for flexible dates between January 2 and May 25, 2018 for a minimum of nine weeks. Applications for Summer 2018 also are open. The dates for Summer 2018 are June 4 – August 10, 2018, with room for flexibility.

Our National Leadership Program enables young leaders to gain critical skills, contacts and experiences necessary to be accepted into graduate school or help create pathways that lead to careers in public policy, media or advocacy. This program is fully accessible for people with disabilities and offers full-time in-house job coaching, skills development, networking opportunities, assistive technology and personal care support. People with and without disabilities are encouraged to apply, but applicants must have a strong commitment to fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities. Learn more about our fellowship by dowloading our Fellowship report (WORD DOC) and viewing a full descriptive Powerpoint (note: large file).

There are opportunities for both paid and unpaid Fellowships. Unpaid Fellows receive a monthly transportation stipend. Lunch is provided daily for all Fellows.

RespectAbility is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action employer. Persons with disabilities and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

SPRING AND SUMMER 2018 FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

IMPORTANT DETAILS FOR APPLICANTS

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills are strongly preferred, and Fellows should exhibit leadership skills to complete their own projects.
  • Strong preference for college juniors and above.
  • Commit for a minimum of nine weeks.
  • Hours are 9-5. Summer Fellows are required to work a minimum of 35 hours per week and Spring/Fall Fellows should be able to work at least 20 hours a week, though 40 hours per week is preferred.
  • There is no tuition cost to do the Fellowship, and unpaid Fellows will be awarded $300 a month as a transportation reimbursement.
  • A limited number of paid Fellowships will receive $15/hr for a total of 360 hours of work.
  • The Fellowship takes place in Rockville, Maryland. The office is a short distance from the White Flint Metro Station on the Red Line.
  • Your cover letter must explain why this Fellowship in particular is of interest to you and why you believe you have the skills, focus and independent drive to make a positive difference in your time with us at RespectAbility.

Fill out the linked Google Doc Form and send your resume and cover letter to Ben Spangenberg and BenS@RespectAbility.org to apply for any of our National Leadership Program opportunities! If you are applying for a paid Fellowship, explain in your cover letter how you can advance diversity and intersectionality issues.

RespectAbility staff, fellows and board member smiling in a posed photograph. Three men and four women standing behind three men in wheelchairs. All are dressed formally in suits.

RespectAbility Staff and Fellows with Board Member Jonathan Murray, creator and executive producer of Born This Way

RespectAbility provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RespectAbility complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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