Scholarships and Internships

This is a list of organizations who have, in the past, offered scholarships or employment assistance for college students with disabilities. This is for your general information only. You will need to contact the organizations yourself to determine when and if future scholarships or employment assistance will be offered. Also, be sure to talk to your Financial Aid advisor about other scholarship or aid possibilities.


    Scholarships for college students with disabilities who have demonstrated leadership, service and academic achievement. 

    Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
    Scholarships for deaf college students who use residual hearing/speech as a primary mode of communication. 
    202-337-5220 (V/TTY)

    American Council of the Blind
    Scholarships for blind students. 

    Children’s Hearing Institute
    Music scholarship award for students with significant hearing loss. 

    Disabled Veterans Scholarship
    The Feldman Law Firm, PLLC has announced that it will be offering two annual scholarships for disabled veterans. The scholarships focus on providing tuition assistance to disabled veterans who wish to continue their education.

    Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards
    Awards from the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic for blind college seniors in recognition of extraordinary leadership, scholarship, enterprise and service to others.


    Scholarships for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    RJT Criminal Defense is pleased to announce that it will be offering two scholarships annually* for veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Each of the scholarships will provide $1,000 toward tuition to attend an educational program chosen by the recipient.


    Shire ADHD Scholarship Program
    "Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, has expanded its ADHD Scholarship Program. The program is for individuals in the United States diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who are pursuing higher education at a college, vocational school or technical school."


    Student Training & Education in Public Service (STEPS)
    "STEPS fully supports anyone who chooses to make a career out of making a difference." They have various scholarships for students with disabilities and allies.
    VSA Arts
    Art competitions for young artists with disabilities around the United States, resulting in $60,000 in awards for 15 finalists.

  • Employment/Internships

  • American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
    Internship opportunities for college students with disabilities (past internships have included Mitsubishi and Microsoft with stipends and free housing). 
    1-800-840-8844 (V/TTY)
    Californians for Disability Rights
    Training for college students to take over the helm of disability advocacy.
    1722 J St., Suite 2
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    AAAS Project on Science, Technology and Disability
    Professional internship opportunities for students with disabilities in science, engineering, math, and computer science. 
    202-326-6649 (V/TTY)

    LEAP (Leadership Enrichment Adventure Program)
    A leadership program for college students with hearing loss who use spoken language to communicate. This program is designed to help participants develop skills in leadership, teamwork, conflict resolution, etc 
    202-337-5220 (V)
    202-337-5221 (TTY)

    LEAP (Limited Examination and Appointment Program)
    An employment program for qualified individuals with a disability.

    National Business and Disability Council
    Post your resume in a database. Free of charge 
    National Industries for the Blind
    Fellowship for Leadership Development- Two year, professional, salaried program for individuals who are blind that combines on-the-job experience with formal management training. 

    Ticket to Work
    Program’s goal is to increase opportunities and choices for Social Security beneficiaries to find employment, vocational rehabilitation and other support services. 
    1-866-968-7842 (V)
    1-866-833-2967 (TTY)

    Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
    50 competitive scholarship awards for college students with disabilities interested in working in the executive, judicial or legislative branches of the federal government during a semester.
    202-457-0046 (V/TTY)

    Workforce Recruitment Program
    Program designed to provide summer and permanent job opportunities in the federal government and the private sector for college students with disabilities.
    1331 F. Street, NW, Third Floor
    Washington, D.C. 20004-1107

  • Selected Undergraduate Research Opportunities with Application Deadlines

  • Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

    The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program
    Offers research training to participating students to help prepare them to compete successfully for entry into graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences. 

    The OpenLab Network
    Facilitates innovative, creative and collaborative research with art, community, design, technology, and science with the University of California Santa Cruz. Past projects include partnerships between astronomers, artists, and computer engineers to visualize astronomical topics in 3D. The expected summer 2013 topic is genetics. 

    Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Information Technology (SURF-IT)
    A National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Program that includes a research experience supervised by a UCSC Baskin School of Engineering faculty member. 

    UC-Leadership Excellence Through Advanced Degrees (UC Leads)
    Program is aimed to educate California's future leaders by preparing promising students for advanced education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

    University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), Advanced Studies Laboratory Summer Internship
    Offers research internship opportunities for undergraduate students in ASL Affiliated laboratories. 

    Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

    The Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program (CUIP)
    Provides on-campus internships in administrative departments throughout campus. Interns work with a mentor to develop personal and professional skills, and take a lead role in producing a product or result in their one year internship. 

    The Faculty Mentorship Program (FMP)
    Sponsored by the Educational Opportunity Program involves majors in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Arts as undergraduate research fellows. Participants must have a UCSC tenure track faculty member to serve as a mentor and supervise their research work on a predestinated research project.

    The OpenLab Network
    Facilitates innovative, creative and collaborative research with art, community, design, technology, and science with the University of California Santa Cruz. Past projects include partnerships between astronomers, artists, and computer engineers to visualize astronomical topics in 3D. The expected summer 2013 topic is genetics. 

    University of California Washington Center (UCDC)
    Supervises and supports students who pursue internships and academic study in the nation's capital. Internships can involve research.

Compiled by Rebecca Anderson, Coordinator of Undergraduate Research, 9/24/12