The Regina Cooper Internship – For Individuals With LD and/or ADHD

Written December 2, 2014

The Regina Cooper Internship is an opportunity for college students or recent graduates with learning disabilities (LD) and/or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to work with members of the NCLD team on a variety of projects across different program areas within the organization. The purpose of this internship is to provide opportunities for interns to contribute meaningfully to the work of NCLD, while honing interests and developing skills that will be helpful for career development and for successful transition to higher education or the workplace.

Regina Cooper (pictured) was a valued member of NCLD’s Development team for more than 12 years until her untimely death in 2013. Regina cared deeply for the individuals NCLD helps. By giving support and guidance to concerned parents and communicating with our thousands of supporters, Regina exemplified the spirit of NCLD’s mission of improving the lives of people with learning disabilities and difficulties. NCLD has established the Regina Cooper Internship in memory of Regina and in recognition of her commitment and service to the LD community.

Regina Cooper Interns will choose one of the following four tracks, including (but not limited to) the following tasks and activities:

Outreach and Engagement (New York City Office)

  • Engage in Web maintenance and content development including blogs, videos, and social media strategy
  • Conduct communications and outreach to website visitors and partner organizations
  • Maintain, update and expand NCLD’s informational and resource databases
  • Assist with NCLD’s Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship program, including reviewing applications and engaging in follow-up activities

Development (New York City Office)

  • Conduct donor prospect research
  • Create donor profiles
  • Assist with donor event planning, including our Annual Benefit, Fall Luncheon, and Young Professionals events
  • Engage in online and direct mail giving campaigns
  • Conduct data entry and analysis

Public Policy (Washington, DC Office)

  • Independently attend policy events, briefings, and Congressional hearings
  • Conduct basic legislative research
  • Participate in education and disability-rights coalition meetings
  • Assist with NCLD events related to policy and advocacy
  • Pursue independent research interests and publish blog posts

Qualifications for the internship include

  • Disclosure of a learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD
  • Enrollment in or completion of a college program
  • Basic computer skills including Word, Excel, and internet research
  • A flexible, independent work style and a positive attitude
  • A desire to contribute to the LD community and to advance the work of NCLD

The internship may extend for a period of one semester (or three months) and requires a commitment of no fewer than 10 hours per week during the school calendar year and 15-20 hrs/week during the summer months. Letters of recommendation and documentation of internship completion will be provided as needed.

The internship is unpaid but NCLD will provide reimbursement for (pre-approved) commuting expenses and a $10/day lunch stipend for each day worked.

Application Instructions

Please send resume and cover letter with subject line: Regina Cooper Internship Application to hr@ncld.org. Please be sure to specify which track (Outreach & Engagement, Development, Public Policy) you are interested in.

  • Internships in the Public Policy track are typically offered in the summer semester. Applications for the following summer will be accepted between January 1st and February 28th.

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