“When you focus on someone's disability you'll overlook their abilities, beauty and uniqueness. Once you learn to accept and love them for who they are, you subconsciously learn to love yourself unconditionally.” ― Yvonne Pierre
ReFocus extends an invitation to college students in Rhode Island to propose an internship project through which they can share current knowledge, skills, talents or hobbies to improve and expand ReFocus’ programs and services for adults with developmental disabilities.
In turn, ReFocus provides a friendly, supportive environment where you can explore first-hand how you feel about diversity, inclusion and equality – and how society should treat people who are somehow “different.” A ReFocus mentor will supervise your project and serve as sounding board for your thoughts, feelings and questions about how to work with adults with differing abilities. Your mentor will also write an evaluation of your project for your CV or academic advisor.
Here are some internship possibilities, but don’t let them limit your creativity:
Many Rhode Island colleges and universities offer compensation for internships that have a positive impact on the community. Please check with your financial aid office. Cutbacks in funding for human services do not allow us to offer paid internships at this time. If you need supplementary income, please check our employment opportunities. ReFocus welcomes college students as members of our staff, full or part-time, during the academic year and over the summer.