UCEDD Summer Internship Program

UCEDD Summer Internship Program

Held every summer, the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for high school or early college students to gain experience in the disability field, develop transferable skills, and learn about various career paths in one or more of the following areas: research, teaching/training, community relations/outreach/development, medical clinics, computer science, behavioral psychology, public health, and social work. Additionally, interns will receive training on disability theory, practice, and advocacy, as well as support and guidance in career planning and networking.

After developing their own personal goals for the internship, interns will participate in activities that align with their career interests such as informational interviews, clinical shadowing, Grand Rounds, and other OHSU activities. Interns will also participate in group tours and field trips to OHSU labs, clinics, and facilities.

This internship is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in health care, specifically with a focus on disability. 

The following students are strongly encouraged to apply: 

  • Students who experience a disability
  • Students with siblings or family members who experience a disability
  • Students from historically underrepresented populations in the health and science professions
  • Students from socially and economically disadvantaged populations 

Students will be expected to:

  • Attend an internship orientation
  • Commit to attending the entire 8 weeks of the internship
  • Work a minimum of 24 hours per week 
  • Attend regularly scheduled seminars, meetings and field trips
  • Dress in business casual attire 


Interns will be eligible to receive a stipend of $1800 for living expenses, transportation, educational expenses and other costs.


The application for the 2018 UCEDD Summer Internship Program is closed. The application for the 2019 program will open in December 2018.

If you have questions about the UCEDD Summer Internship, please contact us at  or call 503-494-0737.