Scholarships, Internships & Job Opportunities

Check out these exciting opportunities for students with disabilities:

National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois (NFBI) Scholarships

The NFB presents thirty scholarships each year to legally blind students from throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. To qualify, a student must be legally blind in both eyes and must plan to enroll full-time in an accredited postsecondary institution in the fall semester of 2019. NFB scholarships range in value from $3,000 to $12,000. To learn more and to apply, visit The National Federation of the Blind of Illinois Scholarships are available to legally blind students who reside or attend school in Illinois. To qualify, a student must be legally blind in both eyes and must plan to be enrolled full time in an accredited postsecondary institution in the fall semester of 2019. NFBI scholarships may be valued up to $2,500. You can learn more and find the NFBI Scholarship application at The deadline to apply for an NFB scholarship is March 31 at midnight Eastern Time. The application deadline for the NFBI scholarships is March 31 at midnight Central Time.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Debbie Stein
NFBI Scholarship/Internship Committee


Autism Campus Inclusion


The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is now accepting applications for the 2019 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy!

Download the application here!  Please submit a completed application by the end of the day (midnight) on Sunday, February 24th, 2019 to Haley Outlaw at

ACI helps Autistic students learn to make their college campuses better for people with disabilities. ACI participants learn about making student groups, understanding disability policy, and talking to people in power. During ACI, all participants go to the U.S. Capitol to talk to their Senators and Representatives about policies important to the disability community.  After the Academy, students get help from ASAN to meet their advocacy goals at their college.

Past students have learned new skills and information about:

  • Developmental Disability Policy
  • SMART Goals and Action Plans
  • Meetings and Facilitations
  • Building Your Student Group
  • Building Relationships and Campaigns Using Intersectionality
  • Strategic Relationship-Building
  • Campaign Strategies
  • ASAN Policy Goals
  • Sharing Your Story For a Political Purpose
  • Effective Debunking

ACI participants will travel to Washington D.C. from June 15th to June 22nd, 2019.  ASAN pays for travel and rooms for all ACI students.

If you need assistance or accommodations at any stage, or have any questions about ACI, please contact Haley Outlaw at


Emerging Leaders Internship Program with the National Business & Disability Council

Are you looking for a paid internship? Are you a college or graduate student with a disability? Are you looking for an opportunity to jumpstart your career path?

If the answer to any one of these questions is yes, you should consider the Emerging Leaders Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities. Coordinated by the National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center, this highly competitive program places top undergraduate and graduate college students with disabilities in fulfilling internships nationwide that provide them with meaningful leadership development and networking opportunities.

To qualify to apply for the Emerging Leaders program, you must:

  • Self-identify as a person with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Have completed a minimum of 60 college/university-level credits
  • Maintain at least a 2.8 GPA
  • Maintain matriculated student status for the semester following your internship (graduating
    seniors immediately continuing on to graduate level study may apply)
  • Have U.S. citizenship or be a documented alien legally authorized to work in the U.S.

For more information on the application process or to complete an online application form, click here.


Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The objective of the DREU program is to increase the number of people from underrepresented groups including women, minorites, or persons with disabilities who are enrolled in graduate studies in the fields of computer science and computer engineering.

DREU is a highly selective program that matches students with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty mentor’s home institution.

DREU interns have the opportunity to be directly involved in a research project and interact with graduate students and professors on a daily basis. This experience is invaluable for those who are considering graduate school; DREU will provide a close-up view of what graduate school is really like and increase interns’ competitiveness as an applicant for graduate admissions and fellowships.

For more information, please see the DREU website.

DisABLEDperson Scholarship

This competition runs between January and March and August to October. Information about the 2019 scholarships is not currently available. Check their website for updates on the next scholarship opportunity.



Empoly is a new resource for stiudents and graduates with disabilities who are looking for a job. After you've applied to one of their partner organizations, Empoly will highlight your application for the hiring team.


Elastic Band Co. Scholarship

Ensuring that underrepresented individuals have opportunities to access higher education is important to us. Elastic Band Co. is committed to furthering the preparation of minority students and students with disabilities in the field of fashion and/or entrepreneurship. The maximum amount of the award will be $1000.


  • Applicant must be a United States citizen or legal resident living in the United States.
  • Applicant must have been accepted and will be attending a two-year associate's OR four-year bachelor’s degree program in an accredited United States college or university in the Fall of 2018.
  • Applicant must be a member of a minority group that is underrepresented in the fields of fashion and/or entrepreneurship (i.e., African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander) OR have a documented disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Applicant must plan to pursue careers in fashion and/or entrepreneurship.

Application Requirements

  • Applicant must provide a Personal Statement (maximum 500 words), including personal history, educational/career goals, and extra-curricular activities. The Statement should describe the impact of being a minority student OR student with disability on commitment to the field of fashion and/or entrepreneurship. 
  • Applicant must provide two (2) Letters of Recommendation (one must be from a teacher or academic adviser). Letters may be sent by postal mail or by e-mail attachment, and the name of the student should appear in the subject line of the email.

Scholarship deadline is May 31, 2019.


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College Funding for Students with Disabilities

For a list of potential financial resources, please take a look at DO-IT's website:

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AccessComputing, a National Science Foundation funded project, aims to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing careers. AccessComputing has funding for undergraduate students with disabilities to participate in summer research internships. 


Disability Inclusion at Microsoft

The Disability Inclusion at Microsoft program has inclusive hiring opportunities for candidates with disabilities in general with a hiring program for candidates with autism. "At Microsoft, we know that having a diverse workforce which includes people with disabilities is essential if we are going to deliver on our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. To help facilitate this, we conduct ability hiring events, inclusive Interviews, disability education and etiquette team trainings, and centralized accommodations." Microsoft's Autism Hiring Program has the goal of attracting talent and building an inclusive approach to support individuals on the autism spectrum that will contribute to the way they work as a company in building and servicing their products.