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2018 Summer Job Opportunities at BLIND, Inc.

  • PREP Counselor: June 3 – August 15
  • STYLE Counselor: July 10 – August 15
  • Buddy Counselor: July 10 – August 15
    • BLIND, Incorporated is seeking dynamic, enthusiastic individuals to work as counselors in our PREP, STYLE, and Buddy Programs! Our PREP and STYLE programs serve high school students 14 to 21 years of age. Students in the Buddy Program range from 9 to 13 years of age. Applicants must be able to serve as role models as well as understand and share our positive philosophy regarding blindness. These individuals must be skilled in the non-visual alternative techniques of blindness that we teach at our training center. While being a graduate of an National Federation of the Blind (NFB) training center is not a requirement, one should have the same level of skill, self-confidence, and independence that we expect from our graduates.

      The most qualified applicants possess the following skill set:

      • Aspirations to work with children/teenagers
      • Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers and supervisors
      • Willingness to work as part of a team
      • Willingness and ability to teach students of all levels and backgrounds
      • Proficiency in using word processing, spreadsheets, the internet, and email using either the JAWS, Voiceover or NVDA screen readers
      • Ability to write clear and concise reports on student progress
      • Ability to read and write Braille

      Note: All applicants must pass a background check.

      For more information, contact Michell Gip, Youth Services Coordinator at 612-872-0100 ext. 231 or email a cover letter and resume to mgip@blindinc.org.

      Don’t Delay; Apply Today!

      Blindness: Learning In New Dimensions (BLIND), Inc. Post-secondary Readiness Empowerment Program (PREP) 2018

      Learning+Recreation+Friends+Job=A Great Summer

      Apply today to PREP 2018, a summer program for all blind/low vision high school students!

      When:

      June 16, 2018-August 11, 2018!

      Where:

      BLIND, Inc.:
      100 East 22nd St.
      Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55404

      Application Deadline:

      March 30, 2018

      What:

      This exciting 8-week summer program is designed to prepare students to reach their personal, academic, and professional goals as they transition to adulthood. The PREP curriculum empowers blind youth as they learn the alternative techniques of blindness and develop the self-confidence needed to become successful adults!

      Instruction:

      The core classes include Braille reading and writing, independent cane travel, adaptive technology, career exploration, and home management, which includes cooking, cleaning, personal care, and daily living skills. Students also participate in regularly-scheduled discussion groups designed to build confidence and learn from blind peers and adults. PREP students live with fellow students and adult counselors in modern apartments with free wifi. Counselors and instructors serve as successful and positive role models. Students shop for groceries, prepare meals, and clean their apartments as part of their home and personal management training, while using public transportation on a daily basis. They begin to learn how to live independently while still in a supportive environment. Students develop problem-solving skills needed to take care of themselves and determine their own future!

      Getting A Job:

      This program includes a three-week paid internship experience. Students will utilize the skills they have developed while earning minimum wage, working approximately 20 hours per week in local businesses and agencies.

      National Convention:

      In July, PREP 2018 students will enjoy the exciting opportunity to accompanying BLIND, Inc., staff and adult students as we travel to Orlando, Florida to attend the week-long National Federation of the Blind convention. During this convention, our PREP students will join hundreds of other high school and college students from around the country when attending the National Association of Blind Students meeting. Students will also attend other meetings and seminars, learn about new ground-breaking technology, and get involved in social and recreational activities. This annual convention is packed full of great learning opportunities and fun experiences.

      Other Activities:

      Throughout the summer, the PREP students will also participate in a variety of fun activities, including going to Wild Mountain Water Park, camping, rock climbing, shopping at various malls, and much more. Don’t worry; there will be plenty of time to hang out with old and new friends!

      Contact Michell Gip, Youth Services Coordinator, at 612-872-0100, Ext. 231, or mgip@blindinc.org for more information or an application. We can assist you to work with your local vocational rehabilitation agency to attend the program.

      Apply today to ensure your space in this program! Applications are due March 30, 2018. Applications received after this date will be on a first come first serve basis.

      Blindness: Learning In New Dimensions (BLIND), Inc. Buddy Program 2018

      Come to gain blindness skills, and leave with lifelong friends!

      Apply today to the 2018 Buddy Program, a summer program for all blind/low vision students ages 9-13!

      When:

      July 22, 2018-August 11, 2018!

      Where:

      BLIND, Inc.:
      100 East 22nd St.
      Minneapolis Minnesota, 55404

      Application Deadline:

      March 30, 2018

      What:

      “Buddies” will gain important blindness skills along with the empowering attitudes about blindness and exposure to the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) while exploring and experiencing the wonderful Twin Cities.

      Program:

      Buddies will stay in the beautiful BLIND Inc. mansion, which once belonged to the Pillsbury family. They will learn Braille reading and writing, cane travel, adaptive technology, independent living skills, and much more! Buddies will also have the ability to craft new friendships with their blind/low vision peers that will last a lifetime! Buddies will have an educational and recreational experience with program counselors, most of whom are blind college students. Buddies will learn to prepare meals under the supervision of the instructors. Buddies will also learn how to travel effectively using the award-winning Minneapolis public transit system! These skills will be beneficial for a lifetime!

      Other Activities:

      Buddies will also participate in other activities around the Twin Cities. Activities may include: visiting the Mall of America, going to a water park, a petting zoo, paddle boating, indoor rock climbing, and many other fun activities! Buddies utilize the skills they are taught in the program while participating in these fun activities.

      Cost:

      The Buddy Program costs $900.

      Contact Michell Gip, Youth Services Coordinator, at 612-872-0100, Ext. 231, or mgip@blindinc.org for more information or an application. We accept payment plans, and some funding may be available for those in need. Contact us for more details!
      Apply today to ensure your space in the 2018 Buddy Program!

      Blindness: Learning In New Dimensions (BLIND), Inc. Summer Transition Youth Learning Experience (STYLE) 2018

      Spend part of your summer in STYLE!

      The STYLE program offers three separate, five-day, theme-based educational/recreational programs. All of our programs are delivered by blind role models. STYLE students will learn skills, gain confidence, and have fun! Attend one, two, or all three sessions! Day programming and residential options are available.

      Session 1 – Fitness, Fun, and Friends

      July 23 – 27:

      Get fit, have fun, compete! Students will participate in individual and group recreational activities. Learn about proper nutrition while preparing healthy meals. Activities may include rock climbing, goalball, water sports, self-defense, etc.! Have fun while being active and hanging out with new and old friends.

      Session 2 – Tech. Trek

      July 30 – August 3:

      Students will explore the world of assistive technology. Computers, smartphones, tablets, etc are the tools which will help students achieve success. Learn to effectively and efficiently use assistive technology in school, work, and at home. Sign up for your “tech trek adventure” today!

      Session 3 – Career Quest

      August 6 – August 10:

      What jobs can blind people do? Where do you want to work? Students will explore jobs held by blind people and learn what those jobs truly entail. Learn what skills are needed to reach your vocational goals. Topics include resume building, interview skills, soft skills, finding jobs, qualifications/experience and more!

      Contact Michell Gip, Youth Services Coordinator, at 612-872-0100, Ext. 231, or mgip@blindinc.org for more information or an application. We can assist you to work with your local vocational rehabilitation agency to attend the program.

      2018 Colorado Center for the blind summer program job announcement

      Gain work experience, challenge yourself and build relationships that will last a lifetime!

      The Colorado Center for the Blind is now accepting applications from positive blind role models to be residential counselors and classroom instructors in our 2018 summer programs. We offer 3 programs for students: Summer for Success College Prep Program, Earn and Learn High School Program and the Initiation to Independence Middle School Program.

      Staff must be available May 29 through August 10, 2018. Applicants must be good role models, competent in the skills of blindness, well-rounded, flexible, must possess excellent communication skills, and be willing to lead by example. Must be excited to work with blind students ages 11 – 20.

      Challenge recreation is an exciting component of the job. Staff will go rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, white water rafting, attend martial arts classes and much more. All staff and students will attend the week long national convention of the National Federation of the Blind.

      To learn more about our summer programs, please click the following links:

      If interested, please contact Martin Becerra-Miranda at 303-778-1130 x 223 or via email at mbecerra@cocenter.org

      Louisiana Center for the Blind Summer Youth Programs–STEP and Buddy, 2018

      2018 SUMMER TRAINING & EMPLOYMENT PROJECT (STEP) Program
      STRIVING FOR SUCCESS

      Since 1985, the Louisiana Center for the Blind has been changing what it means to be blind for adults from across America. In 1990, a program was created to address the needs of blind high school students. The Summer Training and Employment Project (STEP) Program is designed to introduce blind teenagers to positive blind role models and to provide participants with summer work experience.

      The eight-week summer program will consist of two components. During the first part of the program, competent blind counselors will instruct the students in the alternative techniques of blindness. Classes in Braille, cane travel, computer literacy, and daily living skills will be taught by qualified blind instructors. In addition, seminars will be conducted in the areas of job readiness, job interviewing skills, resume writing and job responsibilities. The second part of the program will continue all aspects of training and expand to include an employment dimension. Students will have the opportunity to participate in 40 hours of internship experience–for which they will receive the Federal minimum wage. Students will be introduced to a broad spectrum of career possibilities as they explore postsecondary options.

      The combination of work experience and blindness-related skills–along with fun-filled activities such as cookouts, swimming, mall excursions, and various other outings–will foster self-confidence and independence in blind teens. From July 3-8, students will attend the national convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Orlando, Florida. This exciting conference will allow them to meet thousands of competent blind people from across the country. The students will also have the chance to participate in a wide variety of informative seminars and youth-oriented social and other activities. At the close of the program, parents will be REQUIRED to attend a Parents’ Weekend which will enable them to discover how much their children have learned throughout the summer. The STEP program is designed to provide invaluable work experience, friendships, opportunities for personal growth, and cherished memories.

      Training will begin June 10 and conclude August 4. We recognize that there may be some overlap between the start and/or conclusion of our program and school district dates. If accepted, we are happy to coordinate with a student’s school district in this regard. Please visit www.louisianacenter.org to learn about more program specifics and to complete an application.

      Due to limited space, we cannot guarantee that every applicant will be granted enrollment, and applicants must have an open case with their state’s vocational rehabilitation agency or other funding entity to cover program costs.

      Questions? Please call our Director of Youth Services, Eric Guillory at 800-234-4166 or email him at eguillory@louisianacenter.org. “Together, we are changing what it means to be blind.” Check out STEP and find out how.

      BUDDY PROGRAM 2018
      Putting the Pieces Together

      Come and join us for a summer of fun and learning!

      Since 1989, the Louisiana Center for the Blind has offered an innovative summer program for blind children in grades four through eight. This summer, the Buddy Program promises to be full of learning opportunities, new friendships, and fun-filled activities.

      Many blind children have misconceptions about their blindness due to the lack of positive role models and to the negative stereotypes about blindness in society. Unlike other summer programs for blind children, the Buddy Program is directed and staffed by competent blind adults. Classes in cane travel are taught to instill independence and self-confidence. The knowledge of Braille enables the blind child to compete on terms of equality with sighted peers in the classroom and provides a solid background in spelling and other grammatical skills. Classes in access technology expose students to available mainstream and adaptive solutions. Daily living skills instruction promotes equal participation in household duties such as cooking, shopping, and cleaning. In addition to learning valuable alternative techniques of blindness, children will enjoy participating in a wide variety of exciting activities such as swimming, camping, bowling, roller skating, and field trips.

      The combination of hard work and fun activities will provide a rewarding experience that children will cherish. Involvement in the Buddy Program helps them realize that it is not blindness that holds them back. Rather, it is the negative attitudes and misconceptions about blindness that may prevent them from reaching their potential. At the close of the program, parents are REQUIRED to attend a Parents’ Weekend. This weekend will allow them to interact with other parents of blind children and to learn what their children have discovered about their blindness and themselves. Friendship, training, fun, growth and interaction between blind children and positive blind role models is how the Louisiana Center for the Blind is “changing what it means to be blind.”

      The Louisiana Center for the Blind will sponsor one session of the Buddy Program in 2018. Program dates are July 15-August 4. We recognize that there may be some overlap between the conclusion of our program and school district dates. If accepted, we are happy to coordinate with a student’s school district in this regard.

      Perhaps we will have the opportunity to work with your child this summer. We know it will be a memorable experience for both you and them. All interested families should visit www.louisianacenter.org for more details and to apply. Please also feel free to contact our Director of Youth Services, Eric Guillory before April 20. Please email Eric at eguillory@louisianacenter.org or call 800-234-4166.

      Due to limited space, we cannot guarantee that every applicant will be granted enrollment. Please note that the fee for students not from Louisiana is $1,000which is all-inclusive save for transportation to and from the program. The fee for Louisiana students is $500.

      NFB 2018 Summer Internship Program

      Our National Federation of the Blind 2018 Summer Internship Program will provide an opportunity for individuals to contribute to the programs of the Federation, while gaining valuable experience at the center of innovation in the blindness field. Our 2018 summer interns will be hosted at the NFB headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. NFB internships will begin on May 28 and end on August 3, 2018 (ten weeks). The internship experience includes a stipend and may include sleeping accommodations at the NFB Jernigan Institute, if necessary. One of the requirements of the internship is participation in program activities at the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind to be held in Orlando, Florida, from July 3-8, 2018.

      To apply for the 2018 Summer Internship Program, submit the following information via email to jerniganinstitute@nfb.org no later than March 9, 2018:

      1. A cover letter expressing why you are uniquely qualified for an NFB internship, listing the program area(s) in which you are most interested in gaining experience, and describing the projects that drive your passion in those program area(s). Be sure to include a description of any previous involvement you have had with the Federation. Please feel free to include any innovative new projects that you might want to help initiate during your internship. Also note any scheduling conflicts that would prevent you from being available from May 28 through August 3.
      2. A resume including current contact information.
      3. At least two reference letters supporting your application.

      Candidates will be contacted regarding interviews. Those receiving final consideration will be expected to participate in an interview with Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, before final selections are made. We anticipate selecting members of our 2018 internship cohort by April 13, 2018. Questions regarding NFB internships can be directed to Anil Lewis at 410-659-9314, extension 2374, or jerniganinstitute@nfb.org.

      Learn more about our Summer Internship Program and see what past NFB summer interns have to say about the experience on the Voice of the Nation’s Blind blog.

      NFB Engineering Quotient (EQ)

      ATTENTION BLIND AND LOW-VISION STUDENTS!

      Are you or do you know a blind or low-vision teen who wants to spend their summer learning, meeting new people, and having a great adventure? Join the National Federation of the Blind at our NFB EQ program. NFB EQ is a jam-packed week of fun and learning. Participants spend each day engaged in activities designed to strengthen their knowledge of engineering as well as their problem-solving abilities. In the evenings, participants hang out with the 29 other teen participants while exploring the local community and participating in various recreational activities. Throughout the week, participants will forge new friendships while increasing their engineering knowledge, problem-solving abilities, self-confidence, and independence.

      TO LEARN MORE AND TO APPLY, VISIT http://www.blindscience.org/nfbeq

      THE SPECS

      WHO: 30 blind and low-vision teens currently enrolled in grades 9-12 in the United States.
      WHAT: A weeklong summer engineering program for blind and low-vision teens.
      WHEN: Participants will travel to Baltimore on July 29 and they will travel back home on August 4.
      WHERE: The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.
      WHY: To meet new people, learn new things, and have an exciting adventure!
      HOW: APPLY NOW! APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MAY 1, 2018.
      HOW MUCH: There is no registration fee for this program. Visit our frequently asked questions web page for more details:
      http://www.blindscience.org/nfb-eq-faq

      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      • To be eligible to apply students must: be enrolled in grades 9-12 during the 2017-2018 school year in a school (public, private, charter, residential, or home school) in the United States, be blind or have low-vision, and be available to attend the entire program.
      • Participant’s transportation to and from the program will be arranged by the National Federation of the Blind. Students will travel to Baltimore on Sunday and will travel home on the following Saturday.
      • This is a residential program; students will stay in dormitories at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute and all meals will be provided.
      • In the evenings, after the conclusion of the instructional day, students will be engaged in various social and recreational activities.

      WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT EQ?

      “NFB EQ gave me more confidence to keep doing what I want–no one can stop me! The program opened my eyes to even more options in the field [of engineering] and it gave me some confidence that I can do some mechanical stuff that I didn’t think I could do before.”
      -Michael, Texas

      “At the program, I learned that there is accessible equipment–I can use equipment that is close to what sighted people use, like Braille rulers and click rules. At school the tools for measuring in science aren’t always accessible to me.”
      -Lilly, Alaska

      “I increased my drawing skills at NFB EQ. The tactile drawing board helped me, because I could feel what I drew. Visualizations also have gotten easier [going from drawing to model to prototype]. In engineering, you have to picture an idea in your mind and then draw it before you can build it. When you draw it, you can really see how it’s going to come together.”
      -Trey, Kentucky

      “I am amazed at how the people involved in organizing this program made everything so easy for us. From organizing logistics to making sure the schedule was running smoothly for the students–the whole event was very successful. The staff’s warmth and attention to detail really eased my mind and made me feel good about leaving my son at the program for the week.”
      -Mark (father), North Carolina

      “I was looking for a rigorous, highly academic science program that promoted and modeled independence and the National Federation of the Blind was offering everything I was looking for. Still, I was hesitant. What if it wasn’t a good use of my students’ resources, or what if they weren’t safe? My fears were unwarranted, from start to finish. NFB made the health, safety, academic rigor, social experiences, and general well-being of our students paramount. Every detail was professionally planned and handled, ensuring that every moment, for every student, was as meaningful as it could possibly be.”
      -Laura (teacher of the visually impaired), Kentucky

      QUESTIONS?

      Send them to:
      STEM@nfb.org
      (410) 659-9314, extension 2418

      National Federation of the Blind
      200 East Wells Street
      Baltimore, Maryland 21230

      Summer 2018 NASA Internships

      NASA is looking to increase the number of students with disabilities pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers through our regular internship programs. This is not a program for students with disabilities. We are trying to recruit more students with disabilities into our regular internship programs. Disability means both physical and mental disabilities. Internships are a good way to get real-world experience. However, this is not an employment program. NASA jobs can be found at http://www.usajobs.gov. Students can apply for Summer 2018 now! The deadline for submitting applications will be Thursday, March 1, 2018. We will begin extending offers to students in mid-to-late January and will continue until all positions are filled. If you would like to subscribe to an announcement-only list about NASA internships for persons with disabilities, please send an Email to nasainterns-request@freelists.org with ‘subscribe’ in the Subject field, OR by visiting the list page at http://www.freelists.org/list/nasainterns.

      We encourage you to apply early because the best opportunities are likely to be filled early. Plus, your likelihood of being selected decreases the longer you wait. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see many internship opportunities in December. They start to appear in numbers in January. You can register for an account anytime at http://intern.nasa.gov. All material that you wish to have considered must be uploaded to the OSSI website. No documentation will be accepted that is Emailed or snail mailed.

      Internships run for ten weeks for undergraduate and graduate students. Internships run for six weeks for high school students. The exact starting and ending dates are not known yet. All student interns get paid. The 2018 stipend amounts are not known yet. The high school stipend for Summer 2017 was $2,100.00 for a six-week internship. The Summer 2017 undergraduate stipend for a ten-week internship was $6,000.00. The Summer 2017 graduate stipend for a ten-week internship was $7,500.00. As an intern, you are responsible for your own housing. NASA internships for college and high school students are also offered during Spring, Fall and Year Long Sessions at http://intern.nasa.gov.

      NASA has internships for high school students and for rising freshmen through doctoral students in STEM fields. A rising freshman is a high school student who has been accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning, i.e., a college or university, at the time of the internship.

      Applicants must be U.S. citizens, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for college and 3.0 for high school; however, applicants must understand that the competition for internships is keen. High school students must be at least sixteen years old at the time the internship begins.

      Internships are available at all NASA centers nationwide. It is important to remember that applying is a two-step process. The first step is to fill out everything in the online application. The second step is to select and apply to specific internship opportunities. Students can submit a completed application whether they apply to an opportunity or not. However, applying to opportunities has the advantage of allowing applicants to be considered by mentors who work in disciplines of interest and at a particular center. Applicants may apply to as many as fifteen opportunities.

      Not applying to an opportunity means that prospective interns will be hoping that a mentor happens to read their applications rather than directing their applications to mentors in fields and at centers of interest.

      Students who are selected for Summer internships will receive an offer letter by E-mail sometime after mid-January 2018. They will then have five calendar days to either accept or reject the offer through their account. The offer will automatically expire after five calendar days if no action is taken.

      Please feel free to contact me for more information or help with applying.

      Kenneth A. Silberman, Esq.
      U.S. Supreme Court, Maryland, & Patent Bars
      B.A., M.Eng., J.D.
      NASA Engineer & Registered Patent Attorney
      Education Office Code 160
      NASA/GSFC Mailstop 160
      Bldg. 28 Rm. N165
      Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
      Voice: 301-286-9281
      Fax: 301-286-1655
      Email: kenneth.a.silberman@nasa.gov

      Summer Employment at BISM

      Have you thought about how you will spend your summer? Are you looking for a fulfilling job working with students to improve their skills and confidence? If so, Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM) wants to hear from you! BISM is currently looking for independent, confident role models ready to teach and mentor high school and middle school students from across the nation.

      When?

      • Staff training: Thursday, June 7 – Friday, June 15, 2018
      • Work to Independence Program: Saturday, June 16 to Saturday, August 4, 2018
      • Independence 101 Program: Friday, July 20 to Saturday, August 4, 2018
      • Staff Departure Date: Sunday, August 5, 2018

      Where?

      Apartments on a college campus in Baltimore County, and classrooms at the Blind Industries and Services of Maryland Baltimore headquarters

      Who should apply?

      Anyone with:

      • Knowledge of the alternative techniques of blindness (Braille, assistive technology, cane travel, and independent living)
      • Basic knowledge of structured discovery teaching methods
      • Effective verbal and written communication skills
      • High school diploma or equivalent
      • A positive attitude about blindness and a desire to mentor and motivate youth
      • Energy and enthusiasm

      What will you get for your work?

      • The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of youth nationwide
      • A summer jam-packed with fun activities and new experiences
      • CPR and First Aid certification
      • Compensation in the amount of $4000.00

      All the information you need can be found on our website: www.bism.org/youth.

      Please read through our 2018 Youth Services brochure and download a staff application. Application submissions must also include a current resume.

      For questions, or to apply, please contact Melissa Lomax at MLomax@bism.org, or (410) 737-2642.