Summer 2019 "Access to Exchange Fellowship" in Eugene, Oregon

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The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) is excited to announce the launch of the “Access to Exchange Fellowship”.

The NCDE is seeking college students and recent graduates in the United States who are interested in a career in international exchange! The goal of the fellowship is to provide college students and recent graduates professional and leadership skills related to disability inclusion in international exchange.

The “Access to Exchange” Fellow will spend May- August 2019, approximately 20-25 hours per week, working with the NCDE team towards the mission of encouraging and making it possible for more people with disabilities to engage in purposeful travel overseas. The fellow will be based in Eugene, Oregon at the Mobility International USA (MIUSA) office.

Fellowship Objectives

  • Gain professional experience working at Mobility International USA, a disability-led non-profit organization and global leader of inclusive international exchange programs.
  • Develop a knowledge of the kinds of opportunities available in international exchange for people with disabilities.
  • Practice networking and building relationships with exchange professionals and disability service professionals.
  • Understand methods for researching best practices through web searches and interviews.
  • Learn about issues encountered by people with disabilities and exchange professionals overseas, and corresponding solutions.

Fellowship Activities

  • Collaborate with NCDE on an initiative promoting diversity, including disability, in the exchange field.
  • Meet colleagues from a variety of industries seeking to send people with and without disabilities to volunteer, intern or study abroad.
  • Participate in conference and networking activities in Washington, DC including presentations at the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference and supporting the team for our annual Roundtable Consortium meeting.

Financial

The NCDE is unable to offer a stipend for the fellowship, which means that the fellow will be expected to cover their travel and living costs in Eugene, Oregon for the program. However, flight, registration, hotel, and meal costs for participation in Washington, DC activities, including the annual NAFSA Conference and annual Roundtable Consortium meeting will be covered.

Requirements

The program is intended for an aspiring exchange professional who:

  • Is an enrolled student in a US higher education program including community college, undergraduate, and graduate programs and has residency in the United States, OR
  • Has already completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree and is authorized to work in the USA.
    • Possesses an interest in a career in the exchange field.
  • Demonstrates an interest and passion towards the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society.
  • Is able to be self-supporting in Eugene Oregon financially for the duration of the fellowship.

Application

Those wishing to apply must fill out the google application form and include one letter of recommendation from someone who has experience working with them in a professional or academic capacity. The letter of recommendation must be emailed separately and directly to clearinghouse@miusa.org from the reference and not the applicant.

We recommend filling out your answers in a separate document, and then submitting everything at once in order to avoid losing work.

The applicant also must answer a few micro essay questions in the google form sharing about a transformative experience that motivated them to consider a career in international exchange. Applicants are advised to think about the essays as if they were personal blog posts illustrating who the individual is and what gets them energized.

Applicants must submit applications and essays to the Clearinghouse team by March 1 for priority consideration.

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Letters of recommendation must be sent separately by references to clearinghouse@miusa.org and will not be accepted from applicants directly.

*International students are welcome to apply with confirmation from their international office that their visa status will permit the fellowship.

* Applicants with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange is a project of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs designed to increase the participation of people with disabilities in all kinds of international exchange between the United States and other countries, and is supported in its implementation by Mobility International USA (MIUSA).