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Eileen Sweeney Graduate Internship in Disability Policy



Eileen P. Sweeney devoted her life to improving the lives of people with disabilities, children, battered women, the poor, and the elderly. Her early Washington career was devoted to disability issues and she played a key role in achieving the disability benefit reforms of 1983 and 1984. She subsequently turned her attention to other vulnerable populations, the needs of children, those served by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, and the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. The National Academy of Social Insurance, in partnership with the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) established the Eileen Sweeney Graduate Internship in honor and memory of Eileen. Graduate students aspiring to a career in social policy with a focus on disability are urged to apply for this 12-week summer semester internship. A student will be awarded the internship based on nationwide recruitment and a competitive selection process. The National Academy of Social Insurance, as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to furthering knowledge and understanding of social insurance programs, is uniquely qualified to provide students with challenging internship opportunities. The Academy's members, recognized experts in social insurance and health policy, offer the interns access to information and experiences found nowhere else. This is a nationally-competitive program with only one placement made each year. Academic credit may be arranged through the intern's college or university. International Students with valid student visas can be placed with non-governmental organizations, if placement projects match their skills and interests.


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Academic Level:
Masters, PhD

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Discipline Area(s):
Social Sciences, Open to All Disciplines
Other: Aspiring to a career in social policy with a focus on disability

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Amount Awarded:
$1,000 to $4,999
Other: $4,500


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