Call for Applicants, Youth in Development (YiD) Internship Program


 Youth in Development (YiD) internship program

The summer 2014 Youth in Development (YiD) internship program is now open for applications from November 11, 2013, through January 29, 2014. 

The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) launched the YiD internship program in 2013 with funding support from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF).  The YiD program focuses on youth with disabilities  from across the U.S. who are interested in international development and 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 with disabilities to invest their skills and talents in this field.

The summer 2014 YiD internship program will bring a group of talented graduate students, recent graduates, and rising college juniors and seniors with disabilities to Washington, DC, for nine weeks.  This will include a one-week training and orientation program followed by an eight-week internship at an international organization in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.  USICD will cover the cost of fully-accessible housing during the YiD progam, reimburse travel expenses to and from DC, and provide a limited stipend.  It is anticipated that the program will run from May 25 to July 25, 2014. These dates may be subject to change.

To  learn more about the YiD program, eligibility criteria, and the application process, please visit  This website answers Frequently Asked Questions for applicants.  You can also download a printable handout about the YiD internship program.

Please disseminate this email among students and recent graduates who may be interested.  If you are an international organization in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area interested in hosting a YiD intern, please communicate with

Application deadline for the summer 2014 YiD program is January 29, 2014.

In addition to coordinating the YiD program, USICD is leads the campaign for U.S. ratification of the “Disability Treaty”–the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  Campus and student leaders at are a key source of energy in mobilizing others to take action.  If you want to connect with campus/student leaders at other colleges/universities in support of CRPD ratification, please communicate with  Learn more about the CRPD at  Campus and student leaders also can organize themselves via Facebook at

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