Julia Wolhandler entered the ID program in 2011 where she went on to complete a practicum with the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) in Washington D.C. and an internship with the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) in Brussels, Belgium.
During her practicum with USICD, Julia played a major role as a coordinator of student outreach toward supporting the ratification process of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the United States. While interning Julia researched and created disability references for the "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012" and for the "Trafficking in Persons Report 2012". Following her practicum with USICD Julia continued her work as an intern with the IDDC Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. While at IDDC, Julia was trained in accessible web editing, edited the web based toolkit on International Cooperation and the CRPD, created programs and schedules for IDDC speakers at the European Parliament, the IDDC accessibility manual, and authored the chapter, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Promoting full and equal participation, in the State of Civil Society 2013: Creating an enabling environment report.
After graduating the ID program in May 2013, Julia went on to become the Interim Coordinator of the IDDC Secretariat. While there she supported the work of and coordinated amongst task groups, working groups, and members of IDDC. During her time with IDDC, Julia developed the IDDC 2012-2013 Activity Report. Amongst many other duties, she represented IDDC at multiple events in the European Union, around Brussels, Belgium and at the United Nations High Level Meeting on Disability and Development and its related side events.