"Emerging Leaders is one of the most proactive and effective initiatives to integrate people with disabilities into competitive levels of the workplace as fully participating, productive employees."
Funded by the UPS Foundation, The National Business & Disabilities Council’s Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program
for College Students with Disabilities (www.emerging-leaders.com) is a competitive program that places undergraduate and graduate students with
disabilities in fulfilling summer internships and provides them with leadership development opportunities. Emerging Leaders partners with businesses
to help them find outstanding new talent while also considering diversity and inclusion in their hiring practices. Student applicants are referred to
businesses through a screening process that helps ensure that the internship placement is a good fit for both parties.
Emerging Leaders reaches out to target schools identified by our Employer Partner firms, recruits qualified students
(those that have completed at least 60 college credits, with a minimum 2.5 GPA) and matches them with internship opportunities. Companies are
advised on reasonable accommodations, if any, that may be needed to enable the intern to achieve full productivity. Interns also participate
in a Leadership Development Conference/Dinner which addresses issues to facilitate success in their internships and throughout their careers.
Target schools include:
- Notre Dame
- University of Pennsylvania
Interns have been successfully placed at firms like:
- Bank of America
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- CIT Transportation
- Goldman Sachs
- JPMorgan Chase
- Liz Claiborne
- Lockheed Martin
- Mutual of America
- New York Life Insurance Company
- TD Bank
The network of corporate partners is still growing.
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