National Federation of the Blind Summer Internship Opportunities
By Mark Riccobono
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind people in the United States. With an affiliate in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, the Federation is the voice of the nation’s blind. In 2004, the NFB established the Jernigan Institute as the first research and training facility developed and directed by blind people. Through its members at the local level and programs and services offered through the NFB Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, the Federation has established itself as a leader in creating innovative education programs, technologies, research, and partnerships that will forever change opportunities for the blind. As we imagine and build a future full of opportunities, we are interested in fostering leadership and innovation through NFB internships.
NFB internships provide an opportunity for individuals to contribute to the programs of the Federation, while gaining valuable experience at the center of innovation in the blindness field. NFB internships will be hosted at the NFB headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. Internship placements are currently available for the summer of 2014. NFB internships will begin on June 2 and end on August 8, 2014 (ten weeks). The internship experience includes a stipend and can include sleeping accommodations at the NFB Jernigan Institute, if necessary. One of the requirements of the internship is participation in program activities at the 2014 NFB National Convention to be held in Orlando, Florida, from July 1-6.
Program areas where interns might be placed during the summer of 2014 include:
• Access technology
• Civil rights—especially advocacy around voting rights and educational accessibility
• Data management
• Education programs
• Governmental affairs
• Information technology
• Jacobus tenBroek Library
• Membership building
• NFB NEWSLINE® for the Blind
• Outreach and fundraising
• Public relations & social media
Individuals interested in applying for an internship with the National Federation of the Blind should prepare the following materials and submit them in an accessible electronic format no later than March 14, 2014:
1. A cover letter expressing why you are uniquely qualified for an NFB internship, the program area(s) in which you would be most interested in gaining experience, and the projects that drive your passion in those programs. Be sure to include a description of any previous involvement you have had with the NFB. Please feel free to include any innovative new projects that you might want to help initiate during your internship. Also note any scheduling conflicts that would prevent you from being available from June 2 through August 8.
2. A resume including current contact information.
3. Two or three references with complete contact information.
Send all of your materials, preferably via e-mail, to:
National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
Attn: Beth Braun
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Questions regarding NFB internships can be directed to Beth Braun at 410-659-9314, extension 2369, or firstname.lastname@example.org. We anticipate selecting our 2014 internship class by April 15, 2014.