by Melanie Brunson

For many years, ACB has offered blind and visually impaired college students an opportunity to spend a summer working in the ACB national office. This provides the students with paid work experience, as well as the opportunity to assist with activities that could be useful in a number of careers, such as public policy, communications and public relations, membership and organizational development. We are pleased to offer a summer internship opportunity again in 2008.

The application process is fairly straightforward. To be considered for this internship opportunity, students are requested to submit a letter of application by April 1, 2008, to Melanie Brunson, Executive Director, American Council of the Blind, 1155 15th St. N.W., Suite 1004, Washington, D.C. 20005. Letters should include a statement explaining why the student would like to spend a summer in Washington, and the benefits he or she expects to receive from this internship experience. Along with this letter, students should send documentation concerning the school they are attending, or planning to attend, as well as information about their major field of study, vocational or professional objective, prior educational and employment history, and extracurricular and civic activities.

The successful student will work in the ACB national office for a maximum of 10 weeks beginning in June 2008 and will be provided with housing on the campus of one of the local universities. If you are a college student, or plan to be in the fall of 2008, we would love to hear from you. If you are not a college student yourself, please help us spread the word to blind and visually impaired students in your community.

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