Internship, Center for Workforce Development

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Position Overview

Work with our team on various projects and initiatives that promote career readiness and successful transitions to adulthood for all youth (with a special focus on youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth) by increasing the capacity of and connections among all stakeholders in the workforce development system. The intern will assist staff of IEL’s Center for Workforce Development (CWD) with any number of tasks including gathering information on programs, strategies, resources, and policies for supporting youth in transition, writing and editing publications and website content, and coordinating outreach and dissemination activities such as social media. CWD’s current initiatives including the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth); the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP); and DC Advocacy Partners.

Responsibilities May Include

  • Research and produce at least one project of your choosing related to our work.
  • Collect information from and/or about federal, state, and local youth programs, policies, and initiatives. Information collection may involve Internet research and email and telephone communication with programs and organizations across the country.
  • Write and edit website content and assist with updating website links and resources.
  • Research and write blog posts.
  • Assist with writing reports and other publications.
  • Attend presentations and briefings and share information gathered at these events with Center staff.
  • Participate in internal and program meetings.
  • Prepare for and participate in meetings, teleconferences, and conferences as they arise.
  • Assist with dissemination of project/program publications and announcements using social media tools including Twitter and Facebook.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Current undergraduate or graduate student or recent graduate
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Documented capacity to work effectively as a team member
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Experience with various software packages: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint applications; some experience with Web-related software preferred
  • Educational background and/or strong interest in one or more of the following disciples: secondary education, career development, workforce development, youth development, youth leadership, transition services, disability studies, special education, public policy

IEL pays interns a modest stipend.

To Apply

Please send a resume, a writing sample, and a cover letter that describes what interests you about the internship, what skills and experience you would bring to the internship, and what you would like to gain from the experience to Mindy Larson, or fax: (202) 872-4050.

Download the job description. (PDF)