Deadline Approaching: Fall Communications Fellowship with RespectAbility For Students

RespectAbility is looking for undergraduate and graduate students interested in a fun internship experience this fall

Deadline Approaching: Fall Communications Fellowship with RespectAbility For Students

RespectAbility is looking for undergraduate and graduate students interested in a fun internship experience this fall in one of these areas:

  • Diversity in Film and Television

    • Write blogs, press releases and news articles to promote positive, accurate, diverse and inclusive media portrayals on TV and in film;

    • Help create a community of practice in Los Angeles coordinating with multiple partners to reduce the stigma against people with disabilities in Hollywood. Duties include materials development, database development and maintenance, online research and event planning.

  • Employer Outreach / Stigma (great for journalism students!)

    • Contribute to our #RespectTheAbility campaign, which highlights the benefits of inclusive employment;

    • Research and publish profiles on companies committed to hiring and retaining people with disabilities at all levels and individuals with disabilities who are extremely successful in their chosen career.

  • Communications & Advocacy: Social Media and Website Management

    • Social media for business (mainly Facebook and Twitter);

    • Website management using WordPress;

    • Photo editing and graphic design using Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign (potential for video editing opportunities as well).

  • Political Outreach

    • Encourage candidates to complete the #PwDsVote Candidate Questionnaire and promote their responses to the media and other interested parties in the candidate’s state.

    • Write blogs, press releases and news articles covering candidates’ positions on disability employment from a nonpartisan point of view.

All Fellows have real work assignments - no learning coffee preferences! We have a fully accessible and warm office, and are located on the metro line just outside of Washington, D.C. Specific projects will be assigned based on an individual’s unique skill set and their own ability to “bring something to the table.” Paid ($15/hour) and stipend opportunities available.

RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for the one-in-five Americans who have disabilities. Crucial to that work are the cohorts of young leaders that we recruit throughout the year for our National Young Leadership Program. 

Graduates of the program have gone on to work at the White House, run for office, work for top advocacy organizations and think tanks and attend top graduate schools. This is a fantastic opportunity for young leaders to get the skills and contacts they need to succeed. This fall, Fellows will work to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in Hollywood, as well as educational and employment opportunities for youth with disabilities for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October). Fellows will meet established journalist, public relations professionals, elected officials, experts and celebrities while doing hands on work that will really move the needle!

Fill out the linked Google Doc Form and send your resume and cover letter to the director of the program, Ben Spangenberg, at BenS@RespectAbility.org to apply for any of our National Leadership Program opportunities!

You can find full details and logistical information about the fellowship program on our website at: www.respectability.org/about-us/fellowship/communications-and-stigma-fellowship/.