Services for Students with Disabilities

In 2013, with the vital support of the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF), USICD launched its first internship program focusing on youth with disabilities who are interested in international development or foreign affairs careers. The project follows from a vision, core to USICD’s mission, to increase disability inclusion in U.S. foreign affairs by supporting future generations of Americans to invest their skills and talents in this field.  The program will be held again in the summer of 2017 with continued funding from MEAF. 


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must either be a graduate student, or a rising college junior or senior, or a recent graduate. "Recent graduates" for the summer 2017 program need to have graduated between spring 2016 and spring 2017 with a bachelor's or a graduate degree.
  • You must be a person with a disability.
  • You must meet one of the following age criteria:
    • Most candidates must be age 30 or younger (i.e., born on or after May 28, 1987). 
    • U.S. veterans remain eligible up to age 35 (i.e., born on or after May 28, 1987). 
    • USICD may consider granting other exceptions to the 30-year age limit in extraordinary circumstances for other candidates up to age 35.  
  • For more specific questions related to eligibility, including the age limit, please consult the "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) page on the eligibility criteria for USICD's internship program.


Applications for the summer 2017 program are due by January 10, 2017! Application is a two-step process:

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