Our innovative curriculum focuses on professionalism, communication, and stress tolerance, while incorporating the arts, yoga, and mindfulness. Interns learn in a risk-free environment, where they can make mistakes, practice work situations, receive feedback, and enter the workplace more successfully and confidently.
BroadFutures Program Dates:
- Winter 2024 Internship Program Dates: 1/29/24 – 4/19/24
- Final Deadline: November 1st, 2023
- Cost: $7,820.00 – Full and Partial Need-Based Scholarships Available
- Summer 2024 Internship Program Dates: 6/10/24 – 8/09/24
- Final Deadline: March 1st, 2024
- Cost: $6,325.00 – Full and Partial Need-Based Scholarships Available
TrainingBefore our participants even set foot in their internships, they engage in comprehensive training with a focus on professionalism, communications, workplace readiness skills, and social-emotional learning.
All of our participants engage in comprehensive training with a focus on professionalism, communications, workplace readiness skills, and social-emotional learning. Our innovative training prepares young people for college and careers. We integrate the arts through the use of role-play, improvisation and graffiti art to facilitate engagement, create community, and solidify understanding of the curriculum. Yoga and mindfulness are used to address stress reduction and tolerance.
For our internship programs, we engage in an initial 1-2 weeks of training, and our training does not stop there, but continues every Friday during the course of the internship.
- Goal-setting and strategy implementation
- Time management and organization
- Professional communication
- Navigating remote learning and the virtual workspace
- Self-Advocacy and Taking Responsibility
- Disclosure and Accommodations
- Learning how to effectively disclose your disability or learning style and ask for supports to be successful in school and in the workplace
- Career exploration
- Job Searching and Networking
- Mock Interviews
- Resume Writing, Cover Letters, LinkedIn Profiles
- Financial Literacy
FRIDAY TRAININGS DURING INTERNSHIP
- Group and individual discussions on areas of success and areas for growth
- Reinforce skills learned in training and role-play areas for effective workplace performance and improvement
- Assessments of ongoing goals and strategies
- Speakers from the community
- Group outings
*BroadFutures does not pay commissions for referrals to our programs.*
MentorshipInterns work side-by-side with mentors and coaches who provide support and act as liaisons between interns, employers, and families.
Interns work side-by-side with mentors and coaches who provide support and act as liaisons between interns, employers, and families. Together they provide:
- Provide goal-setting and development before the program even begins.
- Continue to support and monitor the progress of interns’ goals throughout the program, both individually during the workweek and as a group during Friday trainings.
- Work to support and communicate with employers to ensure interns are succeeding in their internships.
InternshipsFollowing training, interns are placed into paid positions throughout the Washington, DC metro area, working a minimum of 20 hours per week for 2 to 3 months. Our employers include a wide range of industries and organizations.
Following training, interns are placed into paid positions throughout the Washington, DC metro area, working a minimum of 20 hours per week for 2 to 3 months. Our employers include a wide range of industries and organizations.
We have a diverse group of employer partners, representing the financial, energy, hospitality, non-profit, marketing, government and international business sectors. From The Smithsonian Institution to Senate and Congressional offices, the variety of opportunities allows us to carefully match employers’ needs with interns’ interests, skills, and strengths. To learn more about our employers, click here.
- 7-11 week PAID INTERNSHIPS
- Generally 20 hours a week, Monday through Thursday
- Paid at least the DC minimum wage
- Winter program — $7,820
- Summer program — $6,325
- Interns will be expected to pay for their own housing, food, and transportation during their participation in the BroadFutures program.
- BroadFutures has a strong commitment to SCHOLARSHIPS. Admission decisions are need blind and scholarships are available to qualified students.
- If you would like to see a copy of our Diversity and Inclusion plan, you may download a copy here.
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Our program benefits our interns in four key areas, empowering them to realize their own potential through increased:
BroadFutures' programs are designed to give our interns the tools to succeed by expanding upon their talent and dedication.
We partner with employers who are dedicated to expanding diversity, inclusion and recognize that disability is an important component of diversity in the workplace. We, in turn, deliver an untapped talent pool of young people who are trained, supported and prepared to work.
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is one of the nation’s largest disability rights organizations. AAPD’s mission is to promote equality, opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. They proudly serve people with disabilities, their families, friends, and supporters. AAPD is also the largest grassroots advocacy group for individuals with disabilities in the United States. They work to improve the lives of people with disabilities by acting as a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. AAPD first became an employer partner in the winter of 2016 and has continued their commitment to BroadFutures by participating in multiple internship programs since that time. AAPD is incredibly devoted to our mission and understands the value proposition that our interns bring to their organization.
“I believe the program is truly transformational for all who participate. The interns seem to really enjoy the program and gain a lot of knowledge and self growth in such a short period of time. We have had a great experience with our interns and look forward to have future placements here at AAPD.” – Jasmin Bailey, AAPD
Access Partnership is an international public policy service organization, helping some of the world’s leading information and communication technology (ICT) companies gain access to new markets, drive sales, meet regulatory goals, shape policy outcomes and introduce new services into previously underserved markets. Access Partnership’s expertise in the areas of government relations, regulatory affairs and technical analysis allows them to provide their clients with a range of solutions that address all of their trade, public affairs and licensing needs. Access Partnership enthusiastically partnered with BroadFutures beginning with the Summer 2015 pilot program and has continued to work with us since. Our partnership has been such an ongoing success with one of our interns being offered full-time employment following her internship.
“I was impressed with the program in general, but the support BroadFutures provided for their employers while taking on interns was remarkable. BroadFutures helped us as an employer understand the personality of the intern and helped us to prepare and plan ahead for the use of intern.” – Kathryn Martin, Director
AES is an international power company with headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia. AES focuses on a wide range of social, economic and environmental initiatives that improve the lives of its customers and communities, protect the environments in which it operates, empower its people and businesses, and improve long-term returns to its investors. AES has received numerous awards, including recognition as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute, as well as recognition as a Top Workplace by The Washington Post in partnership with WorkPlace Dynamics. AES also received the Outstanding Industry Achievement Award in 2014 and AES’ CEO, Andrés Gluski, was appointed in September 2013 by former President Obama to the President’s Export Council. Mr. Gluski was also named as the Chairman of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COS). AES has been committed to furthering the BroadFutures program since its inception. It served as an employer partner for our first pilot program in the summer of 2014, employing two BroadFutures interns. The experience was such a success that AES has elected to participate in our program every summer since. AES understands that the BroadFutures program delivers a great benefit both to the interns it serves and to its employers. They appreciate the dualistic benefit of the BroadFutures model and embrace the benefits and importance of a diverse workforce. We awarded AES our Champion Award in the fall of 2018 for their commitment to our program and the promotion of a diverse workforce that includes individuals with disabilities.
“I really want to thank, actually, you, for making this opportunity possible and really would recommend for other employers to be more inclusive. You don’t do it for the people you’re including; you’re doing it for yourselves. Because including everyone makes you better.” – Andrés Gluski, CEO, AES
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is known as one of the world’s largest behavioral and social science research organizations. Founded in 1946 as a not-for-profit organization, their goal is centered around using the best science available to help make the world a better place. AIR consists of over 1,800 employees, allowing them to connect a multitude of researchers to help solve intricate research questions. AIR’s overall mission is to both conduct and apply the best form of behavioral and social science research into improving people’s lives. AIR is proudly committed to fully integrating diversity and inclusion in their strategy, operations, and work environment and is thrilled to be sharing that mission with BroadFutures. AIR began partnering with BroadFutures for our Summer 2019 program. We are excited to be partnering with such a successful and inclusive research organization.
“One of the things about our internship program that stands out this year is our partnership with BroadFutures. This year we have Christian, and he’s working in our IT department, and I must say that he has been getting great reviews. Diversity and inclusion is important, because it shows in the work that we do. You need people from diverse backgrounds who have diverse thoughts. It just makes the work stronger and makes organizations as a whole stronger.” – Taliba Boone, Recruiting Project Associate
The American Psychological Association is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. Its mission is to advance the creation, communication, and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives. APA’s mission is accomplished through encouraging the development and application of psychology, promoting research and improved research methods, improving the qualifications and usefulness of psychologists, and increasing and disseminating psychological knowledge. APA represents more than 122,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members. APA is committed to furthering the BroadFutures mission and joined enthusiastically as an employer partner in the summer of 2015. APA understands the mutually beneficial nature of the employer partner relationship and that the BroadFutures program delivers a great benefit both to the interns it serves and the employers. APA appreciates BroadFutures’ mission and sees it as directly aligned with that of APA.
“I believe strongly that we all benefit from the experience – the interns benefit from being exposed to the work we do at APA, and the staff at APA benefits from the personal and business interactions from the bright and talented students from the BroadFutures program.” – Ismael Rivera, Director of Human Resources & EEO Officer
The American Red Cross is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education. The Red Cross’ mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavors—in its international and national capacity—to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. We started out partnership with Red Cross during our Summer 2022 program and look forward to working together in the future.
“BroadFutures Intern Program provided me with a truly amazing experience. The team at BroadFutures supported Megan [our intern] and the American Red Cross with meaningful feedback sessions and growth for her opportunities throughout the summer. I appreciate the opportunity and look forward to being able to partner again in the future.” – Julie Hammond, Senior Program Manager of Talent Acquisition
APSE is the only national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to Employment First, a vision that all people with disabilities have a right to competitive employment in an inclusive workforce. For the past 30 years, APSE has worked tirelessly to spread the values of Employment First to new places and people throughout the country. APSE’s mission is to advance employment equity for people with disabilities, including fair compensation. With chapters in over 40 states, APSE has expanded to represent the voices of advocates and to promote the inclusive employment movement to as many people as possible. APSE started partnering with us for the first time during our Winter 2019 Program, hosting two BroadFutures interns. We are thrilled to be partnering with APSE and look forward to a growing partnership.
“We are so thrilled to have Sam and Christian join the APSE team. Their enthusiasm and eagerness for working with us has been evident from the moment we met them; and the support that they get from the BroadFutures team is invaluable. We consider ourselves lucky to be a part of such a comprehensive and strengths-based approach to support young people in gaining professional experience.” – Jenny Stonemeier, Former Executive Director, APSE
The Arc of Northern Virginia (NOVA) is a local chapter of the largest non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc share our mission of empowering individuals with disabilities. The Arc’s mission is to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to help support inclusion in the community. The Arc of NOVA proudly offers a multitude of programs and services including the Transition POINTS (Providing Opportunities, Information, Networking and Transition Support) program, helping people become skilled self-advocates, as well as connecting clients to needed services. We began our partnership with The Arc of NOVA during the Summer 2019 Program and are so thankful for their full support of our program and the promise of our mission. We are looking forward to our ongoing partnership.
“As an organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities, we are keenly aware of the skills, talents, and abilities that these young people possess, but are too often overlooked in the workplace. As fierce advocates for expanding opportunities for men and women with a disability to enjoy meaningful employment, we were thrilled to partner with BroadFutures to “walk the walk.” We identified a set of skills and tasks that were needed, and BroadFutures matched us with a student intern who fit the bill perfectly. But in addition to those job skills, our intern also brought a greater sense of awareness of the needs, even to us. While we hope her job experience with The Arc of Northern Virginia was rewarding, we know that we, as an organization, are richer as a result of her being with us, and of our relationship with BroadFutures.” – Larry Rockwell, Director of Communications & Community Relations, The Arc of Northern Virginia
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a grassroots disability rights organization for the autistic community. The organization is run by and for autistic people, and its staff works to advance civil rights, to support self-advocacy, and to improve public perceptions of autism. ASAN accomplishes these efforts by engaging in public policy advocacy, developing autistic cultural activities, and hosting leadership trainings for autistic self-advocates. ASAN first joined as an employer partner during the Summer 2018 Program. ASAN has also provided us with professional development training in self-advocacy. We hope our partnerships will be a long lasting one and continue to grow.
Atlas Service Corps, or Atlas Corps, is an international network compiled of nonprofit leaders and organizations and is known as a “best practice” in international exchange by the Brookings Institution and as a model social entrepreneurship program by The Washington Post. Their mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Fellows are given the opportunity to coordinate with organizations internationally to learn best practices and to build organizational capacity. Once returning to work in the nonprofit sector of their home country, fellows then create a network of global changemakers as a result of the skills they have obtained from their most recent fellowship. Our own Atlas fellow, Nyasha Chibanda, was a great addition to the BroadFutures team while he was with us. We were thrilled to partner with Atlas Corps for the first time as an employer partner during our Summer 2017 Program, and they have welcomed BroadFutures interns for all of our programs since.
“Having BroadFutures interns has been a rewarding experience. We’ve helped them unlock their potential and build their self-confidence while they’ve helped us multiply our impact. Together, we are changing perspectives and changing the world.” – Zachary Morrice, Senior Program Manager, Atlas Corps
“BroadFutures provided Atlas Corps with an excellent intern and provided all the support we required to the make the internship a success for both the intern and our organization. Our intern has been a proactive contributor to Atlas Corps and developed in confidence through the professional development support he received from BroadFutures. I would highly recommend taking on a BroadFutures intern if you have the capacity!” – Calum Lindsay-Field, Former Executive Assistant to the CEO, Atlas Corps
The Atlas Performing Arts Center is a non-profit performing arts venue in a historic theater. We’re the cultural anchor of the H Street, Northeast community in Washington, DC. The Atlas fosters and presents stellar art in film, dance, music, theater, vocal and choral work, spoken word, and beyond. The Atlas Performing Arts Center started partnering with us for the first time during our Winter 2023 Program. We are thrilled to be partnering with The Atlas and look forward to a growing partnership.
“Working with BroadFutures has been an amazing experience. Seeing the growth in Calvin over the last few weeks has been nothing less than exciting. Watching him develop his voice and skills is inspiring. He has truly become a reliable member of the Atlas team.” – Jarrod Bennett, Director of Operations
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs. These programs are located in every U.S. state and territory and are all apart of universities or medical centers. They serve as a bridge between the university and the community, bringing together the resources of both to achieve meaningful change. Through its members, AUCD is a resource for local, state, national, and international agencies, organizations, and policy makers concerned about people living with developmental and other disabilities and their families. AUCD programs also train the next generation of leaders in disability-related research, training, service delivery, and policy advocacy to ensure that this essential work continues. AUCD enthusiastically began its partnership with BroadFutures during our Summer 2015 pilot program and has participated in many programs since. AUCD is deeply committed to our mission and ensuring the success of our interns.
BroadFutures’ model has an “innovative approach that is fulfilling an unmet need in our community and empowering young people as they transition to adulthood, while also providing great benefits to their employers.” – Andy J. Imparato, Former Executive Director, AUCD
Senator Richard Blumenthal is the senior senator from Connecticut and is serving his second term in office. Both as a senator and during his unprecedented five terms as Connecticut’s Attorney General, Senator Blumenthal fought for people against large and powerful special interests. His aggressive support for consumer protection, environmental stewardship, labor rights, and personal privacy has helped Connecticut constituents and individuals nationwide each year.
The Office of Senator Blumenthal joined as an employer partner in the fall of 2020. We are honored to partner with a senator who shares our mission of inclusion and diversity and we look forward to continuing our partnership.
“We were very impressed with the BroadFutures internship program, especially given the remote nature of the internship this year. BroadFutures worked with me and Nicholas, our intern, to ensure that the needs of the office were met and Nicholas found the experience fulfilling. The support BroadFutures provides to both the employer and the intern creates a truly rewarding experience for all involved.” – Beatrix Dalton, Staff Assistant
The Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School is a preschool of excellence in Bethesda, Maryland. Founded in 1957 by the ladies’ group of Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School started originally as a simple play group for a small group of children. Today, the school offers international enrollment to over 175 students per year from ages 2-4. The school’s mission is to provide physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social growth for each child based upon their needs. The programs at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School include not only music and stories, but also physical movement, indoor and outdoor play, creativity and sensory activities to foster a love for learning in each student. Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School began its partnership with BroadFutures during our Winter 2017 Program.
“Our BroadFutures intern was a wonderful addition to our classroom leadership teams. Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School shares with BroadFutures the importance of diversity and accommodating those who learn differently. It has been a delight to work with them, and we look forward to an ongoing successful partnership.” –Liz Sobrino, Executive Director
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Their mission is to conduct in-depth research in topics such as foreign policy, economics, and governance that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level. Brookings brings together more than 300 leading experts in government and academia from all over the world in order to provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis on a full range of public policy issues. The research agenda and recommendations of Brookings’s experts are rooted in open-minded inquiry and diverse points of view. We began our partnership with Brookings in the summer of 2021. We look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.
“BroadFutures is a great organization that understands how important it is to make the intern experience structured, purposeful, and carefully stewarded. Frankly, their approach should probably be emulated by many organizations sponsoring internships of whatever type. It was a joy to work with Lily and the whole team.” – Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow & Director of Research in Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution
CBRE Group, Inc., or CBRE, is the world’s largest real estate services and investment firm with properties and offices spanning across 100 countries. CBRE is based in Los Angeles, California and operates over 450 offices worldwide. CBRE offers a wide range of services including property management, investment management, and strategic consulting. CBRE is a Forbes top 500 company with a strong commitment to corporate responsibility. BroadFutures partnered with CBRE for the first time in the summer of 2018 as part of our partnership with The District Wharf. The experience was beneficial for both the interns and CBRE, who appreciated the level of preparation of the interns and the thought that went into the program. BroadFutures greatly appreciates CBRE’s commitment to incorporating diverse thinkers into the workforce, and we look forward to a continued partnership.
“I thought it was a very well organized, thoughtful program, with demonstrable results. It was also one of the few times as an employer where we felt we actually made a little bit of a positive difference in someone else’s life.” -David Thompson, Senior Real Estate Manager
Colonial Parking is one of the largest parking garage management companies in Washington, D.C. with over 275 locations throughout the District as well as in Maryland and Virginia. In addition to garage management, Colonial Parking provides consulting, facility care, and valet parking. Founded by two George Washington University graduates, we are fortunate to be partnering with a local company. Colonial Parking appreciates BroadFutures’ level of engagement with both the employer and interns, and enjoyed seeing our interns grow throughout the program. Colonial Parking became an employer partner in the summer of 2018 as part of our partnership with The District Wharf. We look forward to a continued partnership with Colonial Parking.
“BroadFutures made the internship very engaging for both employers and interns. Making sure that the interns were getting the most out of it.” -Ben Cave, Colonial Parking
Concord Hospitality Enterprises is a hotel management and development company, founded in 1985 with the goal to create an exceptional hospitality experience for hotel patrons. Concord Hospitality has over 100 hotels throughout the US and Canada, including the Hyatt House and Canopy by Hilton located at The District Wharf. Both Hyatt House and Canopy by Hilton are waterfront hotels and are home to exceptional dining experiences, including Whiskey Charlie, Canopy’s premium rooftop cocktail lounge. Concord Hospitality first served as an employer partner in the summer of 2018 as part of our partnership with The District Wharf. Our interns thrived in both hotels, where they were able to build their professional communication skills in a supportive and engaging environment. Concord appreciates BroadFutures’ high level of communication. Chelsea Elosegui, Dual Coordinator of Human Resources, noted that our “communication was always clear and set,” and that BroadFutures was “communicative about the interns, their progress, vents, tips, etc…”. We are deeply grateful for our partnership with Concord Hospitality, and look forward to an ongoing and successful partnership.
The Cormac Group is a bi-partisan strategic consulting and lobbying firm. Founded in 2001, the Cormac Group has been dedicated to providing clients with a clear understanding of the governmental decision-making process. With over 60 years of combined experience, the Cormac Group has a vast area of expertise in developing results-oriented legislative at both the federal and state levels. A large amount of the Cormac Groups’ principals have been showcased throughout major debates addressing historic changes across areas including healthcare, transportation, and telecommunications. This small government affairs lobbying firm is extremely dedicated to supporting their clients in any way possible. The Cormac Group began its partnership during our Summer 2019 Program, and we are looking forward to our continued partnership.
“The Cormac Group Team fully understands the huge contributions people with learning differences can make when it comes to adding value and providing positive results to our clients. We fully support the mission of BroadFutures and appreciate being their partner.” – Jim Link, Partner, The Cormac Group
The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB) is a member-based trade association for 200 of the world’s top commercial insurance and employee benefits brokerages. With a mission to promote their members’ business growth and drive the industry forward, CIAB prides themselves on being a community of forward-thinkers, leaders, and risk-takers. With expansive international reach, The Council fosters industry-wide relationships around the globe by engaging lawmakers, regulators and stakeholders to promote the interests of its members and the valuable role they play in the mitigation of risk for their clients. More recently, CIAB has become the leading advocate for commercial insurance brokers on both property/casualty and employee benefits issues. The Council joined as an employer partner in the winter of 2020. We look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.
“Hosting two BroadFutures interns this winter was such a rewarding experience for our office. Even with the sudden switch to working from home, the interns we hosted were motivated to work and continued to provide fresh new perspectives to the work we do. The BroadFutures team provided fantastic support not only to the interns, but to our staff as well.” – Julia Ruiz, Vice President of Leadership & Management Resources, CIAB
The Center for Strategic & International Studies, or CSIS, was founded in D.C. over 50 years ago. It is a bipartisan nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decision makers chart a course toward a better world. CSIS has served as an employer partner with BroadFutures since 2016. CSIS values the level of talent that BroadFutures interns provide, as well as the opportunity to improve their own work product and environment while serving as a professional springboard for our interns. The commitment of CSIS to our mission and their provision of outstanding opportunities and support for our interns is inspiring. For this reason, we were proud to present a Champion Award to CSIS during our Fall 2020 Together Towards Tomorrow Virtual Night of Celebration & Support. We look forward to continuing our partnership with CSIS.
“BroadFutures has really done so much for us in our program at CSIS. We have had six interns now, and they have all been terrific, smart, poised, and really hard-workers making a real contribution substantively to what we do. BroadFutures gives such a wonderful opportunity to young people to start out on the right foot and to learn a little bit about how the professional world works. This is a wonderful organization, and we at CSIS are delighted to be partners. We encourage other employers to sign up and take interns. You won’t regret it!” – Matthew Goodman, Senior VP and Simon Chair in Political Economy
“The entire team here at the Simon Chair at CSIS has enjoyed being an employer partner with BroadFutures. We have had thoughtful, hardworking, and motivated interns. It has been exciting to help their professional development, and in turn, have them contribute so much to the work of the program.” – Elizabeth Keller, Program and Research Associate
Disability:IN DC Metro is an employer-led non-profit whose mission is to drive success through disability inclusion by promoting the best practices in hiring, retaining, and marketing to people with disabilities in the D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland areas. Using a business-to-business model, Disability:IN DC Metro provides education, training programs, and other resources for employers to learn how to practice diversity and proactively include individuals with disabilities in the workforce and marketplace. Through these resources, Disability:IN DC Metro hopes to spread awareness of individuals with disabilities, but more specifically highlight the value of including people with disabilities in the workforce. Disability:IN DC Metro’s dedication to expanding the workplace for individuals with disabilities led them to join forces with BroadFutures and host interns. We began our partnership with the Disability:IN DC Metro in the summer of 2016. We are thrilled to partner with an employer so deeply committed to supporting individuals with disabilities and expanding the workplace. We look forward to our ongoing partnership with Disability:IN DC Metro.
“Carolyn Jeppsen and her team of talented professionals are so competent, easy to work with, stayed in contact and always asked how they can better support me- as well as encourage feedback to further improve Luke’s capabilities and strengths. Having Luke on board with us enabled us to further “walk the talk” of what we do and I am sure our organization’s members learned as much from the experience as Luke. However, we were unwilling to lose such a valued associate, so we offered him a part time internship while he is away at college and look forward to having him back with us during breaks and next summer!” – Katherine McCary
Discovery, Inc. is known as the #1 global real-world media and entertainment corporation. In the last 32 years, Discovery has achieved global operations in more than 160 countries and territories, reaching an approximate 1.3 billion subscribers. Likewise, it has accumulated over 90 networks that proudly represent 25 entertainment brands such as Animal Planet, Discovery Kids, and Discovery Real Time, among others. In addition to their networks and entertainment brands, Discovery also owns 120 Discovery Channel stores. Discovery also believes in shedding light on new and diverse talents, especially in the workplace. We began our partnership with Discovery in the summer of 2017. We are thrilled to be working with an organization that encourages creative thinking and an inclusive working atmosphere. We hope our partnership will only grow as time goes on.
“I’m very honored to be a small piece of this partnership and the entire experience was personally both valuable and memorable. I was able to learn a lot and quite honestly, I’m a better person for being involved with this.” – Dan Stephens, Senior Director, Global Information Technology Support Services, Discovery, Inc.
“BroadFutures has made me aware of the support that society needs to provide for young people to better equip themselves to be independent. BroadFutures certainly provides the support and I have seen immensely tremendous results in the students who were and are interning with Discovery.” – Patricia Djiwatampu, Senior Service Desk Analyst, Discovery, Inc.
Senator Tammy Duckworth has served as the junior United States Senator for the State of Illinois since 2017. Senator Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient and former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was among the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Senator served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years before retiring from military service in 2014 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 after representing Illinois’s Eighth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms. In 2004, Duckworth was deployed to Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the Illinois Army National Guard. Her helicopter was hit by an RPG and Duckworth lost her legs and partial use of her right arm. Senator Duckworth is a strong advocate and supporter of individuals with disabilities and joined as an employer partner in January of 2019. We are ecstatic to be partnering with the Senator’s office and working together to forward the opportunities for the employment of individuals with disabilities.
EagleBank is one of the leading community banks in the Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. area. Founded with a desire to shape the typical banking style and include banking in local communities, EagleBank has a mission to be the most respected and profitable community bank. As such, they choose to put relationships first to the delight of their customers, employees, and shareholders, and strive to deliver the most compelling service and value. Their five main values coexist in the acronym F*I*R*S*T, translating to flexible, involved, responsive, strong, and trusted. Each value plays a role in their commitment to all customers, employees, and shareholders, which promotes a diverse, inclusive, and supportive working environment, and thus, a diverse, inclusive, and supportive community. EagleBank’s emphasis on community resonates well with BroadFutures as we strive to create a more diverse and inclusive community in the workplace. EagleBank began its partnership with BroadFutures during our Winter 2017 Program, and the partnership has continued since that time. Supervisor Michelle Battle of EagleBank described the benefit of having a BroadFutures intern on staff: “The interns bring fresh, young perspectives to what we do. We’re always inclined to develop future employees… It’s a joy to help young people grow and prepare them for future endeavors.”
Easterseals is a nonprofit provider of health and human services that has served individuals with disabilities and special needs and their families for over 90 years. Easterseals is committed to providing a variety of services to help individuals with autism or other disabilities work through life’s challenges and achieve personal goals. They pride themselves on how they make a difference: by remaining a vital resource for people living with disabilities, veterans, caregivers, and families. Easterseals has served as an employer partner with BroadFutures since the winter of 2016. After two extremely successful internships, they even hired on two of our BroadFutures interns. Easterseals understands the value proposition in partnering with BroadFutures and the talents of those we serve, and is deeply committed to our mission. We look forward to future partnerships with them.
“It is an honor to be associated with an organization that supports the growth and independence of individuals. Easterseals like BroadFutures depends on the contribution of others to support its mission and vision. So seeing the development of the interns and the added contributions they have made to our organization makes us proud to be a partner.” – Anthony George, Supervisor, Easterseals’ Human Resources Department
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is an ongoing American success story as the largest transportation solutions provider, offering car and truck rentals, as well as car sharing and car sales. They are located in over 85 countries with more than 7,600 locations. Enterprise believes in strengthening their communities one neighborhood at a time, serving customers as if they are family, and rewarding hard work. Enterprise joined as an employer partner in the winter of 2018 and our intern who was first placed there is now a full time employee. We are excited to be a part of the Enterprise community and look forward to an ongoing and successful partnership.
Entertainment Cruises was founded in Norfolk, Virginia in 1978. What started as a one-boat operation has grown to 48 cruise boats across 10 locations. Entertainment Cruises hosts over 2.3 million guests a year on their high-end, luxury cruise boats. Entertainment Cruises has a commitment to going green and has adopted numerous environmentally friendly initiatives. Entertainment Cruises also has a strong interest in a diverse workforce. They first partnered with BroadFutures in the summer of 2018 as part of our larger partnership with The District Wharf. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Entertainment Cruises.
“I would definitely want to partner with BroadFutures again. I like that they build young people with disabilities up and give them the tools needed to be successful in ALL things and not just the workforce.” -Shakia Jackson, Cruise Manager
Senator Dianne Feinstein has served as a Senator from California since 1992. Senator Feinstein has been re-elected five times since then, and received the most popular votes in any U.S. Senate election in history during the 2012 election. Senator Feinstein has made numerous achievements and milestones throughout her time as Senator. She was the author of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban, is the first and only woman to have chaired the Senate Rules and Administration Committee and the Select Committee on Intelligence, and has become the longest-tenured female U.S. Senator that is currently still serving in the Senate. Senator Feinstein has worked tirelessly to find common sense solutions to large problems facing both California and the nation. Senator Feinstein has also made strides in helping support people with disabilities. She has consistently been a strong advocate for both the American’s with Disabilities Act and Medicaid to help people with disabilities lead full lives with equal opportunity. Senator Feinstein’s office began partnering with BroadFutures during our Summer 2019 Program. We are excited to partner with Senator Feinstein because of her strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The George Washington University boasts a diverse student and faculty population. With over 11,000 undergraduate and 15,000 graduate students, The George Washington University is the largest institution of higher education within the District of Columbia. BroadFutures proudly partners with two departments at The George Washington University, The George Washington University Office of Animal Research (OAR) and the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement (ODECE). The OAR is a facility dedicated to providing safe spaces, equipment, and care for all laboratory animals used for research and teaching opportunities. As a facility working very closely with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the OAR prides itself on providing the most humane care and use of lab animals. We were thrilled to have had The George Washington OAR serve as an employer partner since 2018.
Our partnership with The George Washington University expanded to include ODECE during our Summer 2019 Program. ODECE helps provide resources and support to advance inclusive environments, leadership, resources, and support to advance and sustain inclusive environments for GW faculty, staff, and students for GW’s faculty. The office encompasses disability support service, multicultural support services, and Title IX reporting services and compliance. ODECE’s mission of diversity, inclusion and ensuring ALL students have equal access to education aligns perfectly with BroadFutures’ mission. We are looking forward to our continually expanding partnership with The George Washington University.
“Working with BroadFutures has been a wonderful experience. A true success story. One of their interns is still with us 18 months later as a part-time George Washington University employee.” – Michael Manion, OAR Director
Girl Scouts is a non-profit and leadership development organization committed to building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Founded on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia, Girl Scouts has accumulated approximately 1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ and her ability to change the world. Additionally, in the past 100 years they have expanded their programs internationally, offering every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital began its partnership with BroadFutures during our Summer 2016 Program. Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital, like BroadFutures, believes dynamic leaders are vital to helping individuals develop their full potential, and thus, they are excited for “more ways to broaden our relationship” with BroadFutures in the future. We are equally very excited about expanding our relationship.
“The BroadFutures summer intern program was a perfect fit for the Girl Scout organization, aligning with our mission to support and empower all women and girls. Our summer intern was an asset to both the public relations department and our organization, demonstrating a desire to learn and a commitment to stepping outside her comfort zone. The outstanding BroadFutures team ensured we had the resources we needed to give our intern the best possible experience.” – Nancy Wood, Director of Public Relations
Senator Maggie Hassan is the second woman in American history to be elected both Governor and United States Senator. Senator Hassan was first elected to the New Hampshire Senate in 2004 and in 2013, she was sworn in as the 81st Governor of New Hampshire. Throughout her two terms as Governor, she was committed to balancing the state budget and creating a business-friendly environment that encouraged innovation. Elected to the United States Senate in 2016, Senator Hassan is working to expand access to job training and make college more affordable for students and families, as well as help innovative businesses grow, create good jobs and build a more inclusive economic future. Senator Hassan was drawn to public service as an advocate fighting to ensure that children like her son Ben, who experiences severe disabilities, would be fully included in their communities and have the same opportunities that all parents want for their children. Senator Hassan joined as an employer partner in the fall of 2020. We are thrilled to be working with a Senator who is clearly passionately committed to our shared mission of creating an inclusive workplace for all.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is a Great Britain-based hospitality company with nearly 5,500 hotels spanning across 100 countries. The IHG brands include the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton, Even, Crown Plaza and Hotel Indigo. The InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf is a luxury four-star hotel located right off the water and boasts multiple upscale dining restaurants, a rooftop pool, and a spa, among many other features. BroadFutures began a partnership with The InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf in the summer of 2018 as part of our partnership with The District Wharf. The InterContinental loves the enthusiasm of their BroadFutures interns, and the “breath of fresh air” they bring to the InterContinental team. Additionally, they appreciate the level of training and preparation of our interns. We are looking forward to continuing to work with The InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf, and growing our collaborative partnership!
“It’s obvious [BroadFutures] has a good understanding of our culture when selecting candidates for our location. We are very pleased with the manner in which BroadFutures prepares the interns to join our team.” – Vanessa Peters, Director of Human Resources
A restaurant at the District Wharf, Mi Vida has a menu that is inspired by street food and traditional Mexican home cooking—presented in a modern, elevated way. This concept is created in partnership with KNEAD Hospitality + Design, envisioning a dining destination that infuses The Wharf’s industrial aesthetic with distinctive and historic Mexican décor. We began our partnership with Mi Vida in the winter of 2022, and look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.
Michael Marshall Design is an award-winning, multicultural, multidimensional architectural design firm, located in Washington, DC. Michael Marshall Design is passionate about advancing communities and social causes and encouraging global perspectives with a belief that diverse backgrounds inspire broader thinking. Michael Marshall Design has been a stalwart supporter of the BroadFutures mission, partnering with us first in the winter of 2015. They have done so with passion and a thoughtful focus on harnessing the creativity and confidence of our interns, resulting in great success. Michael Marshall Design has also served as the creative and passionate designers of our newly launched website!!! It has been a great experience working with Michael Marshall Design and we look forward to a continued partnership!
“We at Michael Marshall Design are excited to be working with BroadFutures. Getting to know the wonderful and talented young people who have supported our firm has been a great experience, working hand-in-hand with the interns on projects that have been important to me personally and professionally. I think BroadFutures is positioned just at the right time in the lives of the young people you serve to foster self-esteem and self-confidence to open up a whole world of possibilities for their lives. It is a privilege to be part of your mission.” – Michael Marshall, Design Director and Principal
NBC Sports Washington is an American sports network that broadcasts regional coverage of sporting events, primarily focusing on professional sports teams within the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. Launched in 1984, NBC Sports Washington is currently available on over 25 cable providers throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The channel also reaches well over 4.7 million households throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. NBC Sports Washington began its partnership with BroadFutures during our Summer 2019 Program and is excited to host BroadFutures interns and share our mission of inclusion. We look forward to the growth of our partnership and to the many opportunities for the future.
“We had a rewarding experience hosting Austin during our inaugural session. The BroadFutures mentors and facilitators provided resources and enrichment opportunities that set us up for success and helped Austin grow in his role and contribute to our marketing initiatives.” – Kim Mosley, Senior Marketing Manager, NBC Sports Washington
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is dedicated to improving the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues. NCLD’s mission not only serves parents but also young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. Their long-term goals include working to create a society in which all individuals have access to the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work, and in life. Like BroadFutures, NCLD shares a passion to help individuals reach their utmost potential, and provide necessary resources to tap that potential. NCLD has been a partner with BroadFutures since the summer of 2016. Their Senior Advisor of Strategic Innovation, Research & Insights, Sheldon Horowitz, has sat on our Advisory Board since our inception, dedicating his time and energy to helping us think strategically about our mission and program. We are thrilled to have a continuing partnership with NCLD.
“The National Center for Learning Disabilities is proud to partner with BroadFutures in our joint mission to help young adults with learning disabilities reach their full potential. BroadFutures has made it incredibly easy to utilize our interns to move this mission forward. Our interns get real workplace experience with support from the BroadFutures team, while learning about the laws that impact them directly. We are excited to be working with BroadFutures to inspire future advocates for the learning disabilities movement.” – Program Coordinator Kelly Fomalont
The Peace Corps is a service organization for motivated changemakers and volunteers to immerse themselves in a community abroad by working side-by-side with local leaders to take on the most pressing challenges of our current generation. For over five decades, the Peace Corps’ mission has been to promote world peace and friendship through three key goals. These goals include helping others of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, promoting a better understanding of Americans on a global scale, and promoting a better understanding of other people on a global scale. Additionally, they promote the equality of men and women, and volunteers leave a legacy in the lives of the community members they reach, educate, and ultimately inspire. BroadFutures was very excited to have had the opportunity to partner with Peace Corps during our Winter 2017 Program, and rekindled our partnership during our Winter 2020 Program. We are honored to have worked with such a large and mission-driven service organization dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion of all peoples. We look forward to expanding our partnership with Peace Corps in the future.
Our intern “was a good addition to the team and to our staff members. I also hope it added more to people’s awareness of diversity in the workplace….BroadFutures’ holistic approach to work experience with the mentors and the classes every Friday..was good to have that support behind me.” -Kelly Grogg, Peace Corps
Phoenix Park Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel, located on Capitol Hill, steps away from the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court. The prime location of the hotel has led to the visits of multiple well-known politicians, including Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Tip O’Neill, and Barack Obama. Opened in 1922 under the name “The Commodore,” the property was developed by Harry Wardman. The property was later bought in 1982 by Irish-American Daniel J. Coleman, who renamed it in honor of Dublin’s 1,760-acre Phoenix Park. The Hotel recently had an $8 million restoration to have a more contemporary-focused design. Phoenix Park Hotel became an employer partner during our Summer 2019 Program, and has fully embraced our mission of inclusion and diversity. We are thrilled to have the hotel as a partner and we are looking forward to continuing our partnership with such an inclusive hotel.
PunkinFutz designs and manufactures therapeutic play products for children with a broad range of physical, sensory, developmental, and emotional needs. They aim to create products that are original and accessible to children with varying needs, to support child-led imaginative play, to design and produce the products in integrated and supported work environments, and to conduct their business in an environmentally and socially responsible way. PunkinFutz joined as a new employer partner in the summer of 2018. PunkinFutz supports our mission and the work we are doing to empower young people with learning and related disabilities.
“We love what [BroadFutures is] doing for our population. We want to support your work and our population as much as we can!” – Whitney Hunter-Thomson, Chief Marketing Officer
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent agency of the federal government with a mission to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, while preserving free competitive enterprise and maintaining and strengthening the overall economy of this nation. Since the SBA’s founding in 1953, they have helped Americans start and grow businesses, making direct business loans and guaranteeing bank loans to small businesses. They recognize that small businesses are critical to our economic recovery and strength to build the U.S.’s competition in the global marketplace. The SBA delivers its services to the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. The SBA became an employer partner in the winter of 2018 and has fully embraced our mission. We look forward to the growth of our partnership in the future, and very much enjoy working with SBA. SBA has proven a strong commitment to our mission and the support we provide our interns and employers. Specifically, SBA has been impressed with “how caring the staff was for their interns and the closeness to which they monitored the interns progress and any problems.” – Eric Benderson, Associate General Counsel
Senator Charles Ellis “Chuck” Schumer was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998, and became New York’s senior senator in 2000. Senator Schumer currently is the Senate Minority Leader, a title he has held since 2017, where he was elected unanimously. Prior to serving in the Senate, Senator Schumer was a three-term member of the New York State Assembly, as well as a congressman in the House of Representatives. Some of Senator Schumer’s accomplishments in office include creating a permanent tax credit to offset the rising costs of college tuition, protecting Social Security and Medicare, and to fight for projects to help create more jobs. Additionally, Senator Schumer has taken the lead in the Senate Diversity Initiative, which has assisted Senate Demographic offices in building a diverse workforce. In this initiative, Senator Schumer has made it a priority to embrace diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds as well as differences in gender, sexual orientation, and ability. Due to the tireless efforts of Senator Schumer and the Senate Diversity Initiative, we have been able to expand our partnerships with other senate offices. Senator Schumer’s office recently began its partnership with BroadFutures during our Summer 2019 Program. We are incredibly grateful to be partnered with Senator Schumer, who has led his own efforts to provide equal opportunity and access to people with disabilities. We are looking forward to our ongoing partnership with his office.
The Smithsonian Institution has been an employer partner with BroadFutures since 2015. As the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, the Smithsonian Institution has offered our interns enriching experiences. Our interns have gained incredible work experience through internships at a variety of the museums, including the African Art Museum, American History Museum, Natural History Museum, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Visitor Center, and the National Zoo. Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution has held steadfast to its mission of increasing and disseminating knowledge about art and design, history and culture, and science and nature, and is committed to diversity and the hiring and retention of individuals with disabilities. The Smithsonian Institution remains passionately dedicated to our mission, and our interns have gained incredible skills and confidence while working at these museums. The Smithsonian Institute appreciates the dualistic benefit of the BroadFutures model, and embraces the benefits and importance of a diverse workforce. We have been thrilled to partner and grow with them the past few years, and we look forward to our ongoing partnership.
Special Olympics of Maryland is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. We are so proud to be partnering with such an incredible organization that has a mission that aligns with our own. We started working with SOMD during the winter of 2022, and look forward to partnering with them in the future.
Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) launched in 2015 in Southwest D.C., with a goal of placemaking, beautifying and improving the state of public infrastructure in the area. SWBID covers over 483 acres of Southwest D.C. As part of SWBID’s goal to create public places which promote health and happiness, their team works to plant trees, clean parks, and create community programming to bring people together. SWBID became an employer partner in the summer of 2018 as part of BroadFutures’ partnership with The District Wharf, and created a warm and welcoming environment for our intern. We are thrilled to be partnering with such a wonderful, dynamic organization that has a strong commitment to inclusion.
Upon reflecting about their BroadFutures intern, Andre Witt, Chief Operations Officer of the Southwest Business Improvement District remarked: “It has been a joy beyond belief working with [our BroadFutures’ intern] and he has become such a big part of our family. We simply love having him here with us… BroadFutures is a very caring program. They do a great job of matching workers with employees.” – Andre Witt, Chief Operations Officer
Synergy Enterprises, Inc. (Synergy) is a woman owned small business. They are a team of diverse and dedicated individuals who bring subject matter expertise, customized technology tools, and award-winning communications services to projects that connect and strengthen people, programs, communities, and countries. Since its creation in 2003, Synergy has grown to become the small business partner of choice for high-profile/high-stakes projects in public education, public health, and other critical social programs that enrich the opportunities of individuals, communities, and populations that are under-served or at-risk. We started our partnership with SEI during our Summer 2022 Internship Program and look forward to working together in the future..
TASH is a disability advocacy organization that works to advocate for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs. TASH works to advance inclusive communities by engaging in advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources. They also host annual conferences to share resources and connect with others in the disability field. TASH first became an employer partner in the Summer 2018 Program. Reflecting on their first time as a BroadFutures Employer Partner, Raquel Rosa, Special Projects Manager for TASH, says:
“Because TASH is a disability advocacy organization, it is important to us to partner with similarly focused organizations. Being able to help further the employment skills of young people with disability labels is aligned with our own mission, & demonstrates to the community around us that integrated workplaces are not a feel-good ideology, but a win-win situation for everyone.”
The Treatment and Learning Centers (TLC) is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1950 in Rockville, Maryland that annually serves more than 2,200 children and adults with a wide range of special needs. Their mission is to improve the lives and expand possibilities for individuals with disabilities through offering a family of services within one organization. TLC’s staff and innovative programs work to provide a foundation for the achievement of greater personal independence and success for all of their clients, from the youngest child to the oldest adult. TLC began its partnership with BroadFutures during our Winter 2015 Pilot Program and we are thrilled to still be partnering with them. TLC understands and supports the promise of our mission and we are so very grateful for their partnership.
“BroadFutures has provided us with a skilled intern who has been a pleasure to work with. The BroadFutures staff have had excellent weekly communication with us on the intern’s progress and productivity. The staff provided ongoing training to the intern addressing any areas to improve on. BroadFutures provided a quality service to their interns and potential employers. I highly recommend partnering with BroadFutures.” – Jan Miller-Vogel, Director, TLC’s Outcomes Service
The Think Lead Innovate Foundation (TLI Foundation) is a public charity that partners with other entities from industry, government, academia, and nonprofit communities to explore new approaches to the world’s current issues. Unafraid to explore the untried and find the unexpected, TLI Foundation interprets the world from a VUCA perspective, or one that is greatly influenced by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. The TLI Foundation has a mission to promote new and innovative thinking that leads to transformative change in healthcare, education, economic opportunity, and environmental arenas by engaging in thought from leaders in research, writing and program activities to address intractable problems plaguing those communities. TLI became an employer partner in 2018. We are excited to be collaborating with a foundation whose mission mirrors our own and understands the untapped potential of the young adults we serve.
“The entire BroadFutures team has been very engaged and supportive through the process of selecting and mentoring both us and our team. We truly enjoy being able to provide real-life work experience to young people as they determine the path they wish to take as a career, and hopefully a positive experience they can draw upon going forward. …Our intern has provided us with a fresh perspective and insights as we developed content for a new “health coach” mobile app. Since the app is designed for the younger generation, his perspective as to what it was was invaluable.” – Shawn Murphy, Director
Congressman David Trone has served as the congressman of Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District since the beginning of 2019. Congressman Trone is a member on the Education and Labor, Foreign Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees. He is dedicated to continuously fighting to make advancements on pressing issues including the opioid epidemic, the criminal justice reform, and providing funding for mental health research. Congressman Trone has a strong commitment to ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed, which closely relates to the mission of our program. Prior to his election to Congress, Congressman Trone built Total Wine & More, which has now evolved into becoming the largest private wine retailer in the country. Congressman Trone pledged to help support people with disabilities by fighting to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and has even been involved with the Madison House Autism Foundation, an organization that provides opportunities for adults with autism. In 2012, Congressman Trone was awarded the “Distinguished Service Award” by the Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) Greater DC for his contributions to this organization, which creates recreational programs for children with developmental or physical disabilities. Congressman Trone is dedicated to ensuring people with disabilities have equal access and opportunities for success , which is one of the many reasons why we are grateful for our partnership with his office. At our 2019 Lighting the Way Fall Gala, we awarded Congressman Trone with the Champion Award for his inspired and innovative commitment to an inclusive workforce and championing the talents of individuals with disabilities. Our partnership with the Congressman’s office began during our Summer 2019 Program and we look forward to our ongoing successful partnership.
Founded in 1839, United Bank has 222 full-service banking locations, 22 loan origination offices and over 3,000 employees. Their mix of competitive products, combined with a high level of service and a focus on relationships is what sets them apart from their banking competitors. United Bank is backed by a history of safe, sound and secure banking practices that have allowed them to navigate through decades of changing economic environments. Because of this, their employees, customers, shareholders and communities can rely on United Bank to be their banking partner for decades to come. We have worked with United Bank since the summer of 2022 and look forward to continuing our partnership.
Senator Van Hollen has been a staunch, proud, and successful advocate for improving the lives of individuals with disabilities. In the House of Representatives as a Congressman, he was a passionate advocate for disability rights legislation. He was the lead Democratic sponsor of the ABLE Act and has been a leader in efforts to ensure funding for disability services, introducing the IDEA Full Funding Act. He has fought for legislation empowering and expanding coverage of the ADA and was an integral part of the Congressional team that successfully passed the Affordable Care Act. He also served as the Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome. As a Senator, Chris Van Hollen has been recognized by many organizations as a leader in the field of disability advocacy. In addition to the BroadFutures Champion Award, he has received the National Down Syndrome Society’s Champion of Change Award, the Jubilee Award from the Jubilee Association of Maryland, The Champion for Children with Gifts, Disabilities and Talents Award from the Council for Exceptional Children, and a Leadership Award from Autism Speaks. The Senator has been partnering with BroadFutures since 2016 when he served as a Congressman. Our interns continue to serve in the Senator’s office every year. The Senator has hosted interns in his District Office as well as his Senate Office. We are so very grateful to Senator Van Hollen and his remarkable staff for continuing to invest in our interns’ success, and we look forward to an ongoing successful partnership.
“Hosting interns in coordination with BroadFutures has been a wonderful experience for our office. There’s no doubt that they enrich our work environment, and my staff and I are grateful for their contributions. I hope our interns have enjoyed their experience with us as much as our team has enjoyed working with them. Ensuring access to integrated and meaningful employment for individuals with disabilities is a top priority of mine. That is why I introduced the Transitions to Independence Act, which would provide incentive payments to states that meet benchmarks for expanding integrated employment for people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities can make such a meaningful contribution to the workplace and it’s crucial that they have the chance to do so.” – Senator Chris Van Hollen
In January of 2019, we expanded our relationship with InterContinental Hotels and added the Historic Willard Hotel as a partner. With over 200 years of history, the Willard InterContinental Hotel offers 335 elegantly crafted guest rooms and suites that have a combination of both contemporary luxury and historic charm. Located within 2 blocks of The White House, the Willard InterContinental Hotel sits in a prominent and historic position in DC. The Willard InterContinental Hotel has been excited to contribute to our mission of inclusion for people with disabilities. We look forward to our growing partnership with this prestigious and well-known hotel.
World Learning, Inc. is a thriving international nonprofit organization that has worked to create a more peaceful, sustainable, and just world for over 85 years. Founded in 1932, World Learning has provided an innovative training opportunity for young students called The Experiment in International Living and School for International Training. The experiment itself sends more than 600 American teenagers abroad each summer for a life-changing training experience. Grounded in the five key approaches of experiential learning, leadership development, inclusive practices, innovation, and grants management, World Learning endeavors to help young people find their voices, connect with their communities, and strengthen the institutions which aid their emergence as world leaders. World Learning also offers workforce development programs to help students cultivate the hard and soft skills needed to succeed in the workforce. World Learning began its partnership with BroadFutures in the winter of 2018. Their mission to aid and train young people in professionalism and diversity while simultaneously creating a more just world reflects the same values of our own mission to serve our interns. We look forward to this incredible collaboration and the future success of our partnership together.
“Overall, I believe this is an extraordinary organization… I have learned to be more cognizant of working in an inclusive environment and becoming a better employer… World Learning is an organization that values and strives to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and we relish these opportunities to live the organization’s mission. We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with an organization that seeks to provide opportunities for individuals with learning disabilities via learning experiences. Not only does the individual benefit, but also the organization improves as it adapts to a changing workforce.” – Chris Iverson, World Learning
ZeniMax is an award-winning creator and worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment. ZeniMax has created a team filled with world-class game developers, graphic artists and designers, sound engineers, producers and programmers to help sell well-known video games throughout the world. ZeniMax has continuously been in the forefront of multiple development breakthroughs within the gaming industry, including open world role-playing games as well as the technology in virtual reality. ZeniMax enthusiastically supports our mission of working to advance the potential of young adults with learning disabilities in the workforce and began its partnership in the Summer 2019 Program. We look forward to continuing our partnership with such an innovative organization within the gaming industry.