NCDE "Access to Exchange" Externship: Inbound Alumni Applicants

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Share and implement your innovative idea to carry out a virtual outreach activity for disability inclusion in international exchange in your local community!

Are you a person with a disability who has studied or interned in the United States? We want your help to spread the message to more people with disabilities globally about access to all types of international exchange programs! The externship is a project to be conducted virtually. All you have to do is share your interest for inclusion with the NCDE by submitting your proposal and if your idea is chosen, you conduct the activity and we will provide funds to offset any project costs. 

The NCDE will work with the five selected externs to build on to your activity for the most effective outreach. You will be part of group trainings and also learn from your peers.

The goal of the virtual outreach activity is to educate more people with disabilities about access to international exchange and the benefits of participating!

Examples of activities include (but are not limited to):

  • Organizing a virtual panel of disabled international exchange alumni to speak about studying or interning in the U.S. to their peers.
  • A video explaining how disabled people in  your country can have a successful experience in the U.S. by learning about their rights and resources.
  • Presenting a webinar/virtual meeting to local students with disabilities about the benefits of studying or interning in the U.S.
  • Writing a short resource guide for international students studying or interning in the U.S. discussing info such as U.S. laws, accessing local resources, and advocacy tips. 
  • Presenting a webinar/virtual meeting to professionals in your country on how to promote access to U.S. study and exchange to more people with disabilities.

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  • Observe and learn about the operation of an international NGO
  • Explore a potential interest in an international education career
  • Develop techniques for productive remote working
  • Begin building professional network in the international education field
  • Learn about disability rights, strategies for inclusive international exchange programs, and career opportunities in international education
  • Plan, develop and execute a unique outreach project

Requirements to Qualify for the Externship:

  • You are interested in educating people with disabilities and international exchange education about how to study or intern in the U.S. with disabilities.
  • You are an alumni of an international exchange program to the U.S.
  • You have personal/professional experience with disability and international exchange.

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For any questions regarding the externship, please contact us and externship applications also available for Outbound Alumni of an exchange program from the U.S. to another country.

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