Shawn Golley '08, of Hamilton, New York, is one of 10 students participating this
summer in the 2007 Microsoft-American Association of People with Disabilities
(AAPD) Federal I.T. Internship Program.
Golley is an intern with the U.S. patent and trademark office, where he will
learn about section 508-compliance. A computer science and physics major,
with a minor in mathematics, he also works as a help desk technician in
information technology, providing support to students, faculty and
staff. Golley has work experience with database development and Web
design, and is an editor for The Hill News, the student newspaper.
In addition, he coordinates enrichment events for The Hub, a
computer-themed on-campus community.
The Microsoft-AAPD Federal I.T. Internship Program, which was launched in 2003,
is designed for college and university students with disabilities from around
the country who are interested in pursuing careers in information technology.
Students participate in a paid summer internship at a federal agency in
Washington, D.C. The program aims to give college and university students
with disabilities the opportunity to participate in and benefit from highly
sought-after internships with the federal branch to which other students
have long had access. The Microsoft-AAPD Federal I.T. Internship Program
gives the interns real-world work experience, further enhances their
employment opportunities, allows them to hone their information technology
skills, and enables them to learn firsthand how political and regulatory
processes work. By harnessing the talent that exists among college students
with disabilities, it also strives to demonstrate to public and private
employers that students with disabilities are solid prospects as members
of the information technology workforce.
Internships are awarded on the basis of a written application and personal
interviews. Other interns in this year's programs are students at the
Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
(two), Northern Kentucky University, DeVry University, University of
Maryland in College Park, Concordia University, Minnesota State
University-Mankato and the University of Toledo.
The AAPD, the country's largest cross-disability membership organization,
promotes economic and political power for all children and adults living
with disabilities in the U.S. AAPD was founded in 1995 to help unite the
diverse community of people with disabilities, including their families,
friends and supporters, and to be a national voice for change in
implementing the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
More information: Profile of
Shawn Golley '08
Posted: June 20, 2007