Information for Students
Bloomberg School students from an array of disciplines and departments may be interested in the research and mission of the Wendy Klag Center. The center offers three types of student opportunities:
- Student travel awards up to $500. Applications will be accepted on a rolling schedule. To apply, please complete this form.
- Internship placement. Funding up to $5,000 per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) is available for two interns. Applicants must be graduate students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. We also can facilitate unpaid internships if funding is not available. Internship acceptances will be decided twice a year, in fall and spring. For 2020, the fall deadline is October 12. Internship placement is offered at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD). The intern chosen during the fall 2020 application period will serve during spring 2021. As a condition of internship, recipients must write a short report about their internship. They also are expected to lead a Wendy Klag Center journal club during the school year, and also to attend journal club regularly. To apply for internship placement, please complete this form. Learn about past interns
Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD)
The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute is one of 67 national network University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. MCDD has a formalized pre-service training program that serves to increase the quantity and quality of persons interested in exploring, learning and incorporating disability knowledge in their future careers and lives. The pre-service program uses core projects to provide a variety of mentored experiential and didactic activities. The curriculum integrates knowledge and methods from multiple disciplines; incorporates direct contributions from people with disabilities and family members; examines and advances professional practice, scholarship and policy; and is designed to improve an individual's knowledge, academic or professional credentials. It is designed to provide well-rounded learning opportunities. Specific work objectives will be developed with the student. MCDD is based in western Baltimore. Students must have own transportation. Questions about the MCDD internship and potential projects may be addressed to Dr. Mirian Ofonedu.
As an example, trainees may:
- Engage in research/data management, policy, advocacy, community service, training, and information dissemination work on topics important to the intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) population and field.
- Assess, develop, deliver, and evaluate training and technical assistance systems and resources for groups involved in work with child and adults with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities.
- Work with self-advocates, family members, and provider systems to identify and develop new services and information for people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities.
- Engage in legislative and education advocacy coalition and projects, I/DD awareness campaign, and participate in consumer advisory committee meetings.
- Participate in meetings with school system administrators and Project HEAL staff and advocate for effective educational policies relevant to MCDD mission
- Attend legislative hearings in Annapolis and work with People On the Go on their legislative agenda and other projects.
- Organize events, meetings, and contribute to decision-making process of the MCDD team.