Inclusion Intern

About International Youth Foundation (IYF)
For 30 years, our sole focus has been to help young people succeed. Together with partners around the world, we’ve invested in ensuring that youth develop the leadership, technical, and life skills to earn a livelihood. Whether it’s landing a first job, growing a business, or driving social change, every young person deserves the opportunity to realize his or her full potential. Rooted in the belief of youth as problem-solvers, change-makers, and leaders, our initiatives are catalysts for change. For more information, please consult www.iyfglobal.org.

Purpose of the Internship
Under the supervision of the Manager, Digital Products and Curricula, the intern will provide support to enhance select PTS lessons to be more accessible for individuals with disabilities. The intern will participate in training to identify inaccessible activities and ableist language and to recommend revisions; will thoroughly review assigned PTS lessons and document each incidence of inaccessibility or ableist language; and will recommend specific changes to content to ensure greater accessibility for all learners. The intern will learn to apply universal design for learning principles to in-person training and written materials, and will incorporate that learning in related work for the department.

Supervisor
Manager, Digital Products and Curricula

Location
Remote (This internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students that have authorization to work in the United States. Please note that IYF does not offer sponsorship for this internship)

Roles/Responsibilities

Complete training on the following:

  • Universal design for learning
  • Identifying inaccessible learning activities
  • Identifying ableist language
  • Identifying lack of clarity in written trainer instructions which may be interpreted in an inaccessible way
  • Identifying/developing alternatives to inaccessible learning activities
  • Identifying/developing alternatives for ableist language, especially with a focus on creating inclusive language
  • Revising trainer instructions to explicitly reflect universal design for learning

Duties

  • Develop proficiency in recommending universal design changes by partnering with the Manager to identify accessibility challenges and recommendations for one or more PTS lesson(s).
  • Review assigned PTS lessons and identify accessibility challenges and recommendations.
  • Document accessibility challenges and recommendations in the provided excel format.
  • Support other inclusive design activities at IYF.

Required Skills/Experience

  • Working towards a Bachelor’s or Master's degree and at least one month of experience living or working with, or supporting, individuals/an individual with a physical disability  
  • Fluency in English required with mastery of written English syntax
  • Microsoft Office and Teams familiarity
  • Strong verbal and written communication, time management, and multitasking skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Interest in special needs, inclusive design for learning, occupational therapy, or related field and in positive youth development

Compensation and Schedule

  • Undergraduate Students: $16/hr  Graduate students: $20/hr
  • Expected start date: June 5th
  • Expected end date: July 21st 
  • Hours: 15 - 20/week

To Apply
Please send your letter of interest and resume to [email protected] with the subject heading "Inclusion Internship". In your letter of interest, please address the following:

  1. How do you identify as BIPOC and/or with another underrepresented or historically marginalized group?
  2. Why are you interested in this opportunity with IYF?