Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Internships for College Students with Disabilities

via their site:
is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering outstanding internship opportunities for students with disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business. To meet the challenge of the competitive global economy in the new millennium, private industry and government research agencies must expand the pool of technical talent.

AAAS has developed unique partnerships with IBM, NASA, Merck, NOAA, Google, Lockheed Martin, CVS, NAVAIR, Pfizer, Infosys, and university science laboratories to meet their human resources needs. Working with its partners, AAAS identifies and screens undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who are pursuing degrees in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business, and places them in paid summer internships.

The ENTRY POINT! program includes opportunities in private industry and government agencies. Students with disabilities can apply their skills in a real-world setting in competitive summer internships.

The ENTRY POINT! internships are particularly valuable because of the availability of mentoring and assistive technology, facilitating the entry and advancement of individuals with significant disabilities into competitive employment and research at all levels.

For more information , go here.


FridaWrites said...

This is fabulous.

My husband's company (for whom I've also worked in the past) has been proactive in hiring people with disabilities, which is great. His first boss used a wheelchair, as does a current coworker, and I remember some complex accommodations made for employees who were deaf or blind. It's too bad their DME coverage sucks.

It's difficult to know how much is tokenism versus real effort, but the environment is a lot better than in my workplace. I can't go out and recommend people to his company since it's going under, unfortunately.

Suzy said...

Hi sis, this is really interesting. Never too early to start checking stuff out for Danny, nice to know that it's out there. The computer science one looks interesting. He's starting to show an interest in TV/videography too, maybe that would be considered some type of engineering. Thanks for the info!

Wheelie Catholic said...

There's a lot of information over at the site that's worthwhile for everyone in those fields. Great networking potential :)

Katja said...

Thanks for the link. I've forwarded it to the relevant people in my own aerospace company, which likes to be on lists with IBM, Lockheed, etc.

Wheelie Catholic said...

That's great, Katja. Thanks.