Internship Program Overview

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The 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.




The Opportunity

The Students with Diabetes Internship Program™ will coordinate 6-12 week summer internships in a diabetes related field beginning June through August, 2016.  Students with Diabetes will match prospective interns with internship opportunities.  Prior to the internship, Students with Diabetes will host interns at an SWD Leadership Training Academy.  During this experience, interns will receive basic training in professional behavior, communication skills, advocacy, and grass roots organization and development.


Internships Will Be In the Following Areas of Diabetes

  • Advocacy
  • Clinical
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Publishing
  • Research
  • Technology



September, 2015 – Application process opens

December 15, 2015 – Application deadline

December, 2015 – Intern Finalists notified

January, 2016 – Skype Interviews

February/March 2016 – Internship Offers

June 3, 2016 – Leadership Academy

June, 2016 – Internships begin

August, 2016 – Internships conclude


Requirements for Participation

  • Participants must be either Bachelors or Masters degree studentsSWD Intern Wanted Logo
  • Participants must be a full-time student in an undergraduate or graduate  program and have successfully completed at least one year of course work (ages 18-25)
  • Participants must have lived with diabetes for at least 1 year
  • Participants must be Members of Students With Diabetes – via website
  • Participants must provide a Letter of Support from a health professional
  • Participants must provide a Letter of Recommendation from a professor or employer
  • To receive college credit, participants must furnish approval documents from their college or university to both Students with Diabetes and the internship site coordinator (Students with Diabetes will assist in gaining the necessary approvals).


Application Details

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Complete Application
  • Letter of Support from a health professional
  • Letter of Recommendation from a professor or employer
  • Proof of Enrollment
  • Resume
  • Phone / Skype Interview

Between 20-30 young adults with T1D will be chosen for internships.  The selection criteria includes:

  • GPA
  • Writing Skills
  • Career Aspirations
  • Sense of Commitment
  • Recommendations (professional, faculty and medical)
  • Completion of Application
  • Resume
  • Responsibility


Expectations of Interns

Interns shall provide the following:

  • Weekly blog submitted to SWD Coordinator about the intern experience for use on the SWD website / Facebook page (video and/or in writing)
  • Learning report due at the end of the internship (2-3 page paper)
  • Professional behavior
  • Willingness to cover travel and living expenses to the internship location and SWD Leadership Academy
  • Participation in the SWD Leadership Academy (June 3, 2016) and the SWD National Conference (June 3-5, 2016)
  • Preparation to handle transportation while at the internship site (personal car, prearranged shared transportation, verification of bus route, etc.)


Expectations of Host Companies

Companies or governmental departments shall provide Students with Diabetes summer internships including:

  • A learning opportunity to a student living with type-1 diabetes to help foster their academic and professional development
  • Traditional stipend for student to cover expenses
  • Assist student in locating housing for internship time period
  • Mentorship of student
  • Advertising of the SWD Internship Program partnership on company websites and social media sites


Support For Students With Diabetes

Students with Diabetes requests that each internship site donate $250 per intern to the SWD Internship Program at the Diabetes Empowerment Foundation.  This nominal fee supports the organizational costs incurred in marketing the program, selecting interns, training interns in leadership and advocacy skills, and managing the program.

Students with Diabetes will promote your company and your participation via social media channels, the intern blogs, websites ( and, as well as through Nicole Johnson’s various speaking engagements and social media platforms.

Should your company want to be a sponsor of the Students with Diabetes Internship Program or the SWD Leadership Academy, please contact John Swanston at or 757-576-8448.

To learn more about Students with Diabetes, visit

Please direct any questions or concerns to:

John P. Swanston
Executive Director
Diabetes Empowerment Foundation
(757) 576-8448