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December 26, 2019

National Association of the Deaf: Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 1, 2020

A first-hand experience with government advocacy and legal activism at one of the most innovative law and advocacy centers in the country wants you to join the National Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center as an intern this summer—made possible with the Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship stipend awards.

Qualified applicants will spend the summer at the NAD Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland where they will participate actively in advocacy efforts to protect the civil, human and linguistic rights of the American deaf community. Preference will be given to students pursuing careers in law, public policy, nonprofit management or related fields. Duration of summer internships shall be on a full-time basis for no less than 10 weeks and no more than 15 weeks per year.

Determination of the stipend amount for each qualified applicant is based on the length of the internship and Application Criteria (see below under “Eligibility”). For example, a qualified applicant studying in law school (Juris Doctor degree) who commits to the entire length of the summer internship may be eligible for the full $6,000 stipend. Up to two qualified applicants studying for their Bachelor’s degree may receive stipends of up to $3,000 each. (Applicants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging and meals).


Applicants must be currently enrolled in academic studies toward graduate or undergraduate degrees within the following or related fields:

  • Law (Juris Doctor degree)
  • Public Policy (Master’s or Bachelor’s degree)
  • Nonprofit Management (Master’s or Bachelor’s degree)

Applicants will be screened on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Deaf or hard of hearing;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and advocacy for public service – specifically civil, human and linguistic rights of the American deaf community;
  • Evidence of leadership abilities and potential for continued growth in leadership skills;
  • Excellent research, writing and presentation skills; and
  • Strong academic and extracurricular credentials.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.