Be an Access to Exchange Extern - Applications Open for Summer '21!

Presenters for Joining Hands Virtual Symposium session on "Innovation and Impact" included NCDE's Externs (pictured bottom row, left to right): Sheila Xu, Johna Wright, and Bobbi-Angelica Morris. Also pictured (top row): MIUSA staff Johileny Merán, ASL interpreter Jan, and MIUSA staff Justin Harford.

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) is offering opportunities to become an Access to Exchange Extern for alumni of both inbound and outbound international exchange programs.

Through the NCDE Externship, you can help promote the message to more people with disabilities about access to all types of international exchange programs, such as studying and volunteering abroad, by carrying out a virtual outreach activity in your local community. 

The NCDE will work with the 10 selected externs to build onto their activity for the most effective outreach.

Applications are due Friday, May 21, 2021 and Externships will take place June 2021-August 2021

Access to Exchange Externship: Alumni of Outbound Programs

Are you an alum of an exchange program from the U.S. to a country abroad? The NCDE is offering a unique opportunity to U.S. alumni of international exchange programs to promote international exchange between the U.S. and other countries. The selected candidates will work with the NCDE team on an independent project which they will carry out virtually. 

For more information on eligibility requirements and application details, visit NCDE Access to Exchange Externships 2021 Outbound Alumni

Access to Exchange Externship: Alumni of Inbound Programs

Are you an alum of an exchange program who came to the U.S. from abroad? The NCDE is offering a unique opportunity to U.S. alumni of international exchange programs to promote international exchange from other countries to the U.S. The selected candidates will work with the NCDE team on an independent project which they will carry out virtually.

For more information on eligibility requirements and application details, visit NCDE Access to Exchange Externships 2021 Inbound Alumni

Need some ideas to get started?

Examples of activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Organizing a virtual panel of disabled international exchange alumni to speak about studying or volunteering abroad to their peers.
  • Recording a video explaining how disabled people can experience a country with limited accessibility and sharing testimonials.
  • Presenting a webinar or virtual meeting to students with disabilities about the benefits of studying or working abroad.
  • Writing a short resource guide sharing about accessibility in a specific country and featuring key resources that would help those trying to plan for access while taking a course or doing a project in that country.
  • [Insert YOUR great idea here!]

For examples on project proposals visit, Access to Exchange Summer 2020 Externs and if you find yourself wanting to learn more watch Joining Hands Session 8: NCDE Access to Exchange Externs

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.