Public Policy and Advocacy Internship

Internship Description

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation’s 1-in-5 children, adolescents, and adults with learning and attention issues have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life. NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals, and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs, and advocates for federal and state policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.

Public policy and advocacy internships take place in our Washington, D.C. office. A position is currently available for summer, 2016. The position is unpaid; however, NCLD will provide reimbursement for travel expenses as well as a $10/day lunch stipend for days with 4 or more hours on site. Internships typically extend from May–early August but arrangements can be made for special circumstances. Internships require a commitment of up to 20 hours per week. NCLD Team members will provide ongoing supervision and mentorship on projects. The program will allow motivated interns to interact with key policymakers and members of the NCLD Team.


  • Independently attending policy events, briefings, and Congressional hearings
  • Conducting basic legislative research
  • Participating in education and disability-rights coalition meetings
  • Assisting with NCLD events related to policy and advocacy
  • And the opportunity to pursue independent research interests and publish blog posts


  • Commitment to NCLD’s mission
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about education policy and Congress
  • Computer skills (Word and Excel)
  • Writing and web research skills
  • Ability to work independently or in a team
  • Positive, flexible, and motivated
  • Enrollment in a graduate-level is program preferred; undergraduate students may also apply

Application Instructions

NCLD is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to by February 25th. Indicate Public Policy & Advocacy Internship Application in the subject line.