Accessible Community provides internships crafted to help the community and meet your goals.
- Would you like to learn about accessibility or build your expertise?
- Are you looking for an internship opportunity that serves your community with flexible hours and location?
- Would you like contribute to an effort that will improve the lives of millions of Americans?
Accessible Community helps students and professionals looking for a career change gain experience in accessibility testing and remediation for facilities and technology. We also teach accessible software development techniques. We customize each internship to ensure the intern meets his or her learning goals and contributes back to the community. Internships typically include 400 hours of work, but the amount and schedule can vary. Each intern creates a capstone project based on their skills and interests. This project either contributes to the body of knowledge in accessibility or advances Accessible Community’s mission in the community.
- Interns work with our intern coordinator to create a plan for their internship based on their background, goals and schedule.
- Interns partner with an expert who advises and guides them.
- Interns may work individually or as part of a broader initiative.
- Interns learn to evaluate websites using Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 AA and facilities using ADA and universal design standards.
- Interns help small businesses and community organizations who have requested assistance.
The goals for our internship program include:
- Supplementing limited educational opportunities in accessibility by providing hands on experience
- Helping small businesses and community organizations become more inclusive of people with diverse abilities
- Building a workforce of educated professionals by engaging and inspiring them about creating a more inclusive world
Who Can Participate?
If you are college or post graduate student or a professional exploring a career change, you can apply to participate. Experience in web development or design, architecture, occupational therapy, or human computer interaction help but are not required.
Accessible Community is approved for internships with the following schools. If you do not see your school on the list, let us know and we will contact them.
- Frederick Community College
- George Mason University
- George Washington
- Georgetown University
- Hood College
- James Madison University
- Johns Hopkins University
- McDaniel College
- Northern Virginia Community College
- Towson University
- Virginia Tech