Graduate Externship: Networks for Training and Development, Inc.

100% Appointment (Full Time - 20 hours)


Any graduate student may apply. Preference is given to students pursuing terminal degrees (generally Doctoral [Ph.D. Ed.D.] candidates) and students in the first year of their graduate program.

Individuals with lived experience (personal and/or professional) of disability and/or experience navigating disability systems are encouraged to apply.

Job Description

One full-time (20 hours) externship position is available with Networks for Training and Development (Networks). Networks, a non-profit organization founded 30 years ago, is "dedicated to promoting inclusive communities through quality training, consultation, and demonstration." Through a variety of projects and initiatives, Networks works to increase and improve the lives of people with disabilities and those who support them, thereby enriching all of our communities.

Networks is a virtual organization and the majority of meetings will be conducted virtually, except for certain in-person meetings and events with partners. Meeting locations accessible via public transportation.

Networks is looking for a dynamic addition to our various exciting human service-related projects; seeking a self-starter Graduate Extern interested in furthering their experience in systems and organizational development, disability rights, social justice, and the field of human services.

Specifically, the Graduate Extern will be assigned to the following two projects:

  • The CoLab is a new initiative developed to assist human service organizations to work through the many layers of becoming a service provider in Philadelphia, work more efficiently and effectively, market themselves better, and provide the best supports and services needed by Philadelphians with disabilities. In this project, we are in need of someone who can assist our team, look-up policies and regulations, organize and update agency notes, etc.
  • Speaking for Ourselves (SFO) is an internationally known group of self-advocates (i.e. people with disabilities) who advocate, lobby, educate, and assist one another to take fuller charge of their own lives. While previously a vibrant non-profit on their own, through the years they have lost much of their infrastructure, funding, and membership. Networks and others have now rallied around them to try to help regenerate them as a vibrant, active group. Current needs are to assist with increasing their membership, funding, and hosting a two-part 40th anniversary celebration.

This position will report to Networks' co-founder and Organizational Advisor. This Graduate Extern will have access to working with a variety of people and systems in varied and exciting activities.

Expected Responsibilities/Job Tasks


  • Attend CoLab-related meetings (anticipated to be virtual)
  • Assist in looking up existing policies and procedures, issues and concerns, and needed information for participating agencies.
  • Assist in keeping current updates for each participating CoLab agency.
  • Assist in developing various guidebooks for current and future CoLab members in various topics.
  • Work professionally and effectively with the Networks’ team, CoLab agencies, and all partners.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Speaking for Ourselves (SFO)

  • Attend SFO / Networks meetings and SFO membership and celebration committees.(anticipated to be virtual)
  • Assist in various tasks associated with activities to promote and increase the awareness of and membership of SFO.
  • Assist in the use of various historical and informational materials of SFO.
  • Assist in the planning of and coordination of two celebration events (one virtual and one in person / livestreamed).
  • Work professionally and effectively with the Networks’ team, SFO members and SFO Board of Directors, and partners
  • Other duties as assigned.


Primarily, the Graduate Extern selected should be interested in assisting people with disabilities to live full community lives.

Additional qualifications include

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field of study.
  • Life or work experience with people with disabilities.
  • Commitment to principles of "everyday lives," "dignity of risk," etc.
  • Strong skills in social media, Google and Microsoft Office programs, etc.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse groups of people and personalities.
  • Self-initiation, resourcefulness, and impeccable responsibility to tasks assigned.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, and commitment to the mission of Networks and SFO.

Professional Development

As a full time position (20 hours/week), the Graduate Extern will spend 17 hours/week in job tasks and 3 hours/week participating in professional development in a weekly interdisciplinary graduate seminar.


Benefit Notes

This is a full time (20 hours/week) Graduate Extern position. The student will be paid in equal monthly stipends at the standard Temple extern rate. Students receive 12 months of medical benefits September 1 through August 31.

To Apply

Applicants must submit the following to

  1. Cover letter detailing qualifications and interest specific to the position
  2. A resume or CV
  3. Two letters of reference

An application is not considered complete until all are received.


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