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Public Policy Intern

Internship Description

The public policy internship program at NCLD allows bachelor and graduate-level students to interact with DC policymakers and members of the NCLD staff on a variety of tasks.

Interns’ roles and responsibilities include:

  • Attend meetings and participate on conference calls with the public policy team to gain exposure to the legislative process.
  • Attend meetings and hearings of the House and Senate committees who have jurisdiction over education legislation.
  • Set-up meetings and interface with Congressional offices.
  • Write brief memos, blog posts, and articles for the NCLD website on special education issues.
  • Conduct web maintenance, outreach, and marketing using social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, blogging).
  • Participate in webinars that are related to NCLD’s policy agenda.
  • Conduct legislative research. 
  • Research, analyze, and synthesize issues related to students with learning disabilities. Topics may include: charter schools, vouchers, high school dropout rates, transition planning at graduation, literacy, ESEA waivers, election, bullying and virtual learning.
  • Communicate with and outreach to constituents, parent leaders and partner organizations.


  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, the internet, and social media.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Web-based research skills.
  • Flexible, be able to work independently or with a team, and positive attitude.
  • Have an expressed interest and commitment to the mission of NCLD. 
  • Interest in education policy and knowledge of Congress.

Policy internships take place in our Washington, DC office, located at 1101 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 400. The positions are not paid; however, NCLD will provide reimbursement for travel expenses as well as a $10/day lunch stipend for days with 6 or more hours on site. Internships typically extend for a period of three months (over the course of one semester or summer), but arrangements can be made for special projects. Internships require a commitment of no fewer than 10 hours per week during the school year and 20 hours per week during the summer. NCLD Team members will provide ongoing supervision of work effort and product. We encourage interns to work on projects that they find meaningful to make the most of their experience!

Application Instructions

To apply for this internship, please send intern application, your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please, no phone calls.