Paul Marchand Internship in Disability Public Policy

The Arc Resumes the Paul Marchand Internship in Disability Public Policy

The Paul Marchand Internship Fund will provide $6,000 per semester or summer session to assist interns interested in pursuing careers in public policy advocacy for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). For 38 years, Paul Marchand was a dedicated disability policy advocate and recognized leader working on behalf of people with I/DD and the larger disability community. Upon his retirement in 2011, The Arc, with substantial contributions from United Cerebral Palsy, other organizations, and individuals with whom Paul worked during his decades in Washington, D.C. established an internship to honor Paul and to continue to cultivate disability policy advocates through the summer of 2018. The Arc is pleased to resume this program in 2020 in Disability Public Policy


The Paul Marchand Internship Fund will provide up to $6,000 per semester or summer session which can assist interns pursuing careers in public policy advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students who seek an internship for college or graduate school credit may be able to use the funds to offset travel or other cost-of-living expenses. Students pursuing degrees in public policy, law, disability studies, social work or public administration would be good candidates for this internship. People with disabilities, or people with family members with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.


Through the Paul Marchand Internship Fund, interns will receive a stipend.
For students receiving credit from schools, which do not allow students to receive payment, The Arc will work with the student and the school to determine whether an equivalent stipend can be provided for transportation and other work-related expenses.
The Paul Marchand Internship is also available to pay matching share for students with work study grant who are seeking an off-campus placement.
Internships will generally be for the duration of one academic semester or summer term. However, arrangements can be made to extend internships for up to one calendar year.
Internships will be located at The Arc’s public policy office in Washington, D.C.

How to Apply:

Applications are accepted online only at Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter. The cover letter should be no more than one page in length and address why the applicants wants this internship and the knowledge and skills they will bring to The Arc.

Due Dates and Selection Process:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Only those selected for interview will be contacted. Applications are due November 30 for the Spring term, February 15 for the Summer term and April 15 for the Fall term.

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