Internships, Practicums, Conferences and more

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Picture of Senator John Kerry, with people in the background and current ID student Anais Keenon.

Secretary of State John Kerry mentioned Gallaudet International Development graduate student Anais Keenon, who is interning at the State Department, Office of Disability Rights under Judy Heumann, in his remarks while testifying during the Senate's second hearing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on November 21. (Anais is behind Secretary of State John Kerry on the right)  For more information on what was said, click on the following link,

International Development Students holding signs in support of ratification of the CRPD.

Gallaudet students recently gathered to advocate for the passage of the CRPD. They were featured on the US International Council on Disability's website. See here: 

Screenshot of blog written by Anais Keenon titled, International Education is for Everyone.
Anais Keenon is a second year student in the ID program while in her practicum placement she is serving as an intern in the Office of the Special Advisor for International Disability Rights in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. One of her many tasks included writing this post for the U.S. State Department official blog, DipNote."

Picture of Julia Wohandler in Belgium.

Julia Wolhandler, recently returned from her work in Brussels, Belgium as the Facilitator of the Secretariat of International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC).  She spoke to the International Development students about the  global consortium of 25 disability and development non-governmental organizations (NGOs), mainstream development NGOs and disabled people's organizations (DPOs) supporting disability and development work in more than 100 countries around the world.

'Making it Work' internship takes student to the U.N.

Nicar Bocalan, a second-year graduate student in the International Development Program, traveled with the organization Handicap International to the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York City.  The purpose of the trip was to attend the 3rd Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, held September 1 to 3.

The conference at the U.N. was the culmination of Bocalan's summer-long internship with Handicap International. Bocalan's internship with Handicap International was an opportunity for networking with the international disability rights community, as well as learning valuable non-profit management and administration skills.  "This whole experience at the UN was just amazing; I met lots of people from all over the world, both from organizations and delegations from different countries," Bocalan said. "I have gotten a thorough grasp on the kind of uphill battle we face with disability rights internationally."

Manos Unidos

Picture of Marie Coppola presenting to the International Development students.

Marie Coppola, the founder of a NGO in Nicaragua to improve deaf children's and teens', and adults' 
access to sign language and education, spoke to the ID students about her organization, Manos Unidos. Deanna, a member of the advisory board for the NGO, also presented to the students. 

Students sitting at a table and standing posing for a picture with Senator Flake (R) of Arizona.

Advocating for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the office of Senator Flake (R) of Arizona are  is ID graduate Andrea Shettle (far left) and current students Ikumi Kawamata (rear far right), Joshua Josa (front far right) and Maegan Shanks (next to Joshua).  

Rhonda Neuhaus presents to students about the need to ratify the CRPD.

Rhonda Neuhaus, a Policy Analyst for Government Affairs at Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), spoke to students about the need to ratify the CRPD.

Students and a faculty member posed in front of the Washington Monument after the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington walk.

International Development and Deaf Education students and Dr. Donna Mertens stand in front of the Washington Monument  at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where they saw three US Presidents, including President Obama, civil rights leaders, movie  actors, entertainers and national leaders speak to the crowd. 


Students have a one-semester practicum with an organization or agency that works internationally but is headquartered in Washington, DC.  Students work alongside professionals learning the ins and outs of running an organization and assist them in many areas such as research, writing reports, reviewing projects and programs, creating informative web pages, interviewing people in the field, investigating possible project sites - the work varies to the student's interests and the organizations' needs.  Students have done practicums at:

Global Partnership for Disability and Development Logonea                  Helen Keller International Logo       accion logoLogo for AED, a non-profit organizationHandicap International Logo

Mental Disability Rights International Logo

National Association of the Deaf Logo

 OAS Logo

Partners of the Americas Logo

World Vision Logo

USAid Logologo for Amnesty international

world federation of the deaf logo

                                    Peace Corps Logo


Women for Women International Logo

                               U.S. International Council on Disbilities Logo    




Students must also complete a one semester internship overseas. 

Malawian Deaf Adults signing to deaf students   Kate with Euphrasia in Malawi

Kate Breen worked with the Malawi National Deaf Association with the Finland Association of the Deaf and World Federation of the Deaf

Helen Keller International in Indonesia

Martina Smidova worked with Helen Keller International in Indonesia   

Hilary in Philippines

Hilary working with parents


Hilary Coté working Commonwealth Elementary School and PAVIC in the Philippines


Rian Gayle working with Mirakle Couriers in Mumbai, India



Rian Gayle in Mumbai, India working with a nongovernmental organization, Mirakle Couriers






K-leigh Shaw, working with Amnesty International, in Washington D.C. 

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