The Wisconsin Disability Policy Fellowship and Internship Program goal is to provide individuals with developmental disabilities and their families who are passionate about disability rights an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and build a career in the field of disability policy. Our program offers experiences in policy analysis, advocacy, and community engagement at state agencies, legislative offices and disability advocacy organizations.  The program is funded by a grant from the Inclusa Foundation.

Program Goals

  • Empower Future Leaders: Give people the knowledge and skills to impact disability policy and advocate for change.
  • Professional Development: Provide valuable work experience and mentoring to boost career options in the disability policy and advocacy field.
  • Community Impact: Build a better statewide understanding of disability issues and ways to expand inclusive policies in Wisconsin.

Fellowship Program:

Who Should Apply

  • People with developmental disabilities or family members of people with developmental disabilities.
  • People committed to disability advocacy and policy with past involvement in state or local advocacy.

See application for full requirements:

What do you need to know?

  • The fellowship is a 12-month paid, full-time experience, beginning in September 2024 and ending October 2025.
  • Fellows receive a stipend to participate in the program. Additional funds will be available for technology, transportation, and health care.
  • Each fellow will be placed at either a state agency, legislative office, or advocacy organization.
  • Fellows will participate in workshops and training sessions on topics such as policy analysis, advocacy strategies, and leadership skills.
  • Fellows will have opportunities to build connections with professionals in the disability policy field.

How to Apply?

Link to the online application form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WIDisabilityPolicyFellowship

Contact Sally Flaschberger for additional assistance with the application process or any questions at Flaschberger@wisconsin.gov or 608-266-5038

Internship Program

Who Should Apply?

The Internship Program is open to individuals with developmental disabilities and family members of people with developmental disabilities who are committed to disability rights advocacy.  Ideal applicants are recent graduates, early career professionals, or individuals seeking to transition into the disability policy field.

What do you need to know?

  • Internships will last  4-6 months and start early 2025. Interns will work 20 hours a week.
  • Interns will receive an hourly stipend to participate in the program.  Additional funds will be available for technology and transportation.
  • Each intern will be placed at either a state agency, legislative office, or advocacy organization.
  • Interns have access to training sessions and workshops that enhance their understanding of disability policy and advocacy.
  • Interns have opportunities to build connections with professionals in the disability policy field.

How to Apply?

Application will be available in Fall 2024

If you have questions, Contact Sally Flaschberger at sally.flaschberger@wisconsin.gov or call at 608-266-5038

Questions?

Contact Sally

2024-25 Fellowship Program

Apply by July 22nd, 2024

2024-25 Internship Program

Applications open Fall 2024