The National Leadership Program
The National Leadership Program trains leaders who are committed to disability issues and plan to go into careers in public policy, advocacy, communications, diversity, equity and inclusion, 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 receiving practical experience. The Fellowship is for seniors in college and graduate students, as well as graduates and those in the early stages of their careers. It also is for people with disabilities who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and currently are seeking new opportunities.
The National Leadership Program includes two cohorts of Fellows – fall and spring. The program is entirely virtual, and Fellows can participate from anywhere in the United States.
Our National Leadership Program enables talented people with disabilities and allies 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, the entertainment and news media, philanthropy, nonprofit management, diversity, equity and inclusion 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. All Fellows receive $17/hr, plus training, mentoring, and support in their job search.
Applications for the Fall 2023 Fellowship are now closed. We will announce the application deadlines for Spring 2024 in late Summer/early Fall.
RespectAbility is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action employer. Persons with disabilities and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
All Fellowship Opportunities
- Public Policy and Civic Engagement
- Entertainment and News Media
- Communications and PR
- Nonprofit Management
- Faith Inclusion
- Fox Family Foundation Fellowship
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 seniors and above.
- The Fellowship program lasts five and a half months.
- Core hours include between 11 AM-5:30 PM ET.
- Fellows are required to work 20 hours per week.
- Fellows will receive $17/hr.
- 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.
- A commitment of 20 hours per week.
- Participation in staff meetings and team meetings.
- Attendance in weekly speaker series.
- Work with the National Leadership Program Senior Manager on advancing your career goals. This will include strengthening your resume, cover letter and building your professional network.
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.