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The National Leadership Program

The National Leadership Program
Job Description: 

The National Leadership Program trains leaders who are committed to disability issues and plan to go into careers in public policy, advocacy, communications, diversity, equity and inclusion, fundraising, nonprofit management or faith-based inclusion. The program enables participants to gain skills and contacts while making a positive difference for people with disabilities.

We are seeking creative, results-driven individuals who want to achieve breakthrough results while receiving practical experience. The Fellowship is for seniors in college and graduate students, as well as graduates and those in the early stages of their careers. It also is for people with disabilities who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and currently are seeking new opportunities.

The National Leadership Program includes three cohorts of Fellows – fall, spring and summer. We now are accepting rolling applications for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 cohorts. The program is entirely virtual and can be done from anywhere in the United States.

Our National Leadership Program enables talented people with disabilities and allies to gain critical skills, contacts and experiences necessary to be accepted into graduate school or help create pathways that lead to careers in public policy, the entertainment and news media, diversity, equity and inclusion or advocacy. This program is fully accessible for people with disabilities and offers full-time in-house job coaching, skills development, networking opportunities, assistive technology and personal care support. People with and without disabilities are encouraged to apply, but applicants must have a strong commitment to fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities. Fellows receive a $300/month honorarium plus training, mentoring and support in their job search. A limited number of paid Fellows will receive $15/hr.

RespectAbility is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action employer. People with disabilities, BIPOC individuals, and members of other marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply. If you require any accommodations in order to most effectively participate in the application process, please contact Tonya Koslo at [email protected] or 202-517-6272, and let us know what we can do.


  • Excellent communication and organizational skills are strongly preferred, and Fellows should exhibit leadership skills to complete their own projects.
  • Strong preference for college seniors and above.
  • Commitment for a minimum of nine weeks.
  • Hours are 9-5. Virtual Fellows are required to work a minimum of 15 hours per week though more is appreciated and more hours per week is preferred.
  • There is no tuition cost to do the Fellowship, and stipend Fellows will be awarded $300 a month. A limited number of paid Fellows will receive $15/hr.
  • Your cover letter must explain why this Fellowship in particular is of interest to you and why you believe you have the skills, focus and independent drive to make a positive difference in your time with us at RespectAbility.



  • A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week.
  • Participation in staff meetings three days per week.
  • Attendance in weekly speaker series.
  • Work with the National Leadership Program Director on advancing your career goals. This will include strengthening your resume, cover letter and building your professional network.
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