JDRF’s Students with Diabetes Internship Program™

  • New York, NY, United States
  • Full-time

Company Description

JDRF’s Students with Diabetes Internship Program is a competitive program designed to develop and train undergraduate and graduate students living with type 1 diabetes to become leaders in the diabetes community. 

JDRF’s Students with Diabetes Internship Program coordinates 8-week summer internships in a diabetes related field.  JDRF matches prospective interns with internship opportunities located throughout the US.  Prior to the internship, JDRF will train interns at the JDRF Leadership Training Academy.  During this experience, interns will receive basic training in professional behavior, communication skills, advocacy, and grass roots organization and development. 

Job Description

Internship opportunities are available in many locations throughout the United States (NOT exclusively New York) and exist in the following sectors of the diabetes community:

  1. Advocacy

  2. Communications / Marketing

  3. Non-Profit Management

  4. Research / Science

  5. Technology

  6. Business Operations & Management


November, 2017– Application process opens

January 5, 2018 – Application deadline

January, 2018– Intern Finalists notified

January, 2018 – Skype Interviews

March, 2018 – Internship Offers

June, 2018 – Internships begin

August, 2018 – Internships conclude


Requirements for Participation:

  • Participants must be a full-time student in an undergraduate or graduate program and have successfully completed at least 1 year of course work  (Age 18-24)

  • Participants must be either Bachelors, Masters or PhD degree students

  • Participants must have lived with diabetes for at least 1 year

  • Participants must provide a Letter of verification of T1D from a health professional

  • Participants must provide a Letter of Recommendation from a professor or employer

Application Details:

All applicants must submit their resume via this online system.  Once in the system, applicants will receive an email requesting the additional documentation listed below.  The deadline for submission of these materials is January 5, 2018.

  • Complete Application (will be sent via email);

  • Letter from a health professional verifying diabetes diagnosis;

  • Letter of Recommendation from a professor or employer; and

  • GPA (transcript or online grade report).


Young adults with T1D will be chosen for summer internships based on the following criteria:

  • GPA

  • Writing Skills

  • Letter of Recommendation

  • Completion of Application

  • Resume

  • Professionalism

Expectations of Interns:

  • Professional behavior

  • Willingness to cover the cost of travel and personal expenses during the internship (travel, housing, food)

  • Participation in the JDRF Leadership Academy and the Students with Diabetes National Conference

  • Preparation to handle transportation while engaged in the internship (personal car, prearranged shared transportation,
    verification of bus route, etc.)

  • Concluding report due at the end of the internship (1-2 page paper)

Additional Information

Expectations of Host Companies or Governmental Departments:

Companies or governmental departments shall provide summer internships including:

  • A learning opportunity to a student living with type-1 diabetes to help foster their academic and professional development

  • Traditional stipend of approximately $2,500 for the summer

  • Mentorship of student