Paul Marchand Internship in Disability Public Policy

Washington, DC Part-time

Paul Marchand Internship in Disability Public Policy


The Arc is the nation's leading advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.  The Arc’s national public policy office works to advance the interests of people with I/DD and their families on the federal level through our legislative, regulatory, and legal advocacy.  Our more than 600 state and local chapters provide a voice at the local and state legislative levels for people with I/DD and their families.


For 38 years, Paul Marchand was a dedicated disability policy advocate and recognized leader working on behalf of people with I/DD and the entire disability community.  Upon his retirement in 2011, The Arc and other organizations and individuals with whom Paul worked during his decades in Washington, established an internship to honor Paul and to continue to cultivate policy advocates for people with I/DD.



The Paul Marchand Internship Fund will provide up to $6,000 per semester or summer session which can assist interns pursuing careers in public policy advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Students who seek an internship for college or graduate school credit may be able to use the funds to offset travel or other cost-of-living expenses.  Students pursuing degrees in public policy, law, disability studies, social work or public administration would be good candidates for this internship.  People with disabilities, or people with family members with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.



  • Interest in disability issues
  • basic knowledge of government programs, such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid
  • strong organizational and writing skills
  • knowledge and use of social media
  • Project experience, including budgeting and tracking deliverables
  • familiarity with political players and processes of American government desired
  • proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • undergraduate or graduate student, recent post graduate, and/or self-advocate



  • assist with planned issue campaigns in 2020 related to the Census, voting, and protecting key federal programs for persons with I/DD
  • assist with writing issue campaign materials and project management
  • research existing law and monitor pending legislation
  • engage in policy discussions regarding issues affecting people with disabilities
  • attend hearings, briefings, training events, and coalition meetings
  • follow current events pertaining to people with disabilities
  • complete special projects as determined by policy staff
  • complete a written report at the end of the internship



  • Through the Paul Marchand Internship Fund, interns will receive a stipend.
  • For students receiving credit from schools, which do not allow students to receive payment, The Arc will work with the student and the school to determine whether an equivalent stipend can be provided for transportation and other work-related expenses.
  • The Paul Marchand Internship is also available to pay matching share for students with work study grant who are seeking an off-campus placement.
  • Internships will generally be for the duration of one academic semester or summer term. However, arrangements can be made to extend internships for up to one calendar year.
  • Internships will be located at The Arc’s public policy office in Washington, D.C.



How to Apply:

Applications are accepted online only at Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter. The cover letter should be no more than one page in length and address why the applicants wants this internship and the knowledge and skills they will bring to The Arc.


Due Dates and Selection Process:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Only those selected for interview will be contacted. Applications are due November 30 for the Spring term, February 15 for the Summer term and April 15 for the Fall term.


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The Arc is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.


When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing by visiting the Contact Us page on our website.