National Federation of the Blind 2018 Summer Internship Program

John Pare, Michael Ausbun, Mark Riccobono, Julie McGinnity, Jerad Nylin, and Anil Lewis pose in front of the NFB Jernigan Institute.

National Federation of the Blind 2018 Summer Internship Program

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. As we continue to raise expectations of and for the blind, we realize that we must actively work to empower the next generation of dynamic leaders and innovative thinkers that will dream, develop, and implement the next ground-breaking project or program that changes the lives of all blind people.

To that end, we must share our knowledge with young, motivated blind students as they travel their individual paths toward full participation. We seek to accomplish this goal through our National Federation of the Blind Summer Internship Program, a unique learning experience that can only be directed by the National Federation of the Blind.

Our National Federation of the Blind 2018 Summer Internship Program will 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. Our 2018 summer interns will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of program areas including:

  • Access technology
  • Civil rights—especially advocacy around voting rights and educational accessibility
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Governmental affairs
  • Information technology
  • The Jacobus tenBroek Library
  • Membership building
  • Outreach and fundraising

The National Federation of the Blind Summer Internship Program is like no other. It’s filled with unique opportunities for personal and professional growth, including the chance to work closely with National Federation of the Blind President Mark Riccobono. Our 2017 summer interns shared their thoughts at the end of their internship experience:

“As I reflect upon my experience as an intern at the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), I think about how fortunate I am to have had the opportunity to learn from and work alongside our organization’s leaders. While here, I had the opportunity to pursue personal projects that will make an impact in the lives of blind Americans. I grew personally and professionally this summer, and much of that growth is a result of participating in the NFB Internship Program. The knowledge and experience that I have gained will be invaluable as I continue my academic journey at Furman University and eventually law school.” — Kenia

“It is said that you receive just as much as you give and that was certainly true of this internship. It was very challenging in many ways, and I was always expected to give my best. However, the gains most certainly outweighed the sacrifices; I received much mentoring and guidance, both personally and professionally. I learned a lot about the Federation and how it is run which gave me a deeper appreciation for the organization which is the National Federation of the Blind. I am motivated more than ever before to take what I have been given during this internship and use it to go back home and continue to build the Federation.” — Lily

“As a member or elected leader of the National Federation of the Blind, we see how many things work, but as an intern at the Jernigan Institute, I was a part of making those things work. When I used to pick up my Brailled list of exhibitors at National Convention, I would look at it and leave it somewhere, but as someone who had to go through and staple multiple copies of those very lists, it gives me a greater appreciation of all the work that goes into even the little things. Getting to work so closely with our national leaders was truly an experience, and it was a privilege to be able to contact them and meet with them in person instead of always having to conference call them. This internship will surely give you an inside look into the organization, and teach you many things you never could’ve guessed.” — Vee

“When I applied for the 2017 Summer Internship program at the NFB, I really did not know what to expect. My goal was the learn more about the resources of the NFB at the national level; however, I learned so much more. Working at the NFB Jernigan Institute instilled in me a strong appreciation for all of the work that goes on behind the scenes, from the legislative initiatives to the preparation for the national convention and programs like NFB Youth Slam. The highlight of my summer was the week I spent at Towson University as a teaching assistant during NFB Youth Slam 2017. I could not have anticipated how rewarding it would be to work with so many excited young people from all over the country. If you are looking for a summer experience that you will never forget, I would encourage you to apply for an NFB Summer Internship. It all takes great effort from amazing people to make a difference. Are you ready?” — David

For more information about the 2018 NFB Summer Internship Program and to apply, visit