Interdisciplinary Training

Trainee Opportunities

The Center on Disabilities and Human Development at the University of Idaho recruits students across colleges to spend their undergraduate careers at our Center to work with and learn about the lives of people with disabilities. The Interdisciplinary Coordinator will present an outline of the training curriculum and the unique experiences that enrich student leadership skills as they participate in a variety of disability related activities across the state and nation.

Our trainees work with 11 different projects here at the Center in different administrative capacities:

  • administrative support
  • data entry
  • coding data
  • research
  • assist in grant writing
  • document remediation
  • transcribing interviews and webinars
  • assistive technology demonstrations

All trainees complete an Interdisciplinary Training Plan. The training plan will consist of professional goals the trainee would like to achieve while here at the Center. Goals may range from writing a grant to volunteering at the Tools for Life Transition Fair (conference). We will then identify what kind of support you need to achieve your goals. Trainees and the Interdisciplinary Training Coordinator will meet three times over the semester to update or modify goals.

Examples of activities trainees incorporate into their goals are:

  • Courageous Kids Climbing
  • artAbility
  • Attending an Idaho legislation luncheon
  • Fred Riggers Disability Advocacy Day at the Capitol
  • Interdisciplinary Book Club
  • Career Mentoring Day
  • Site visits to facilities and agencies

In addition to the training plan, trainees are required to attend three Group Trainings over each semester. The trainings are offered during the evenings at the Center and ensure all trainees are developing a knowledge base about disability. Topics include: inclusive environments, professional workforce, leadership skills, cultural competence, and how policy effects individuals with disabilities and their families.

By the end of the semester, trainees will have earned at minimum 20 hours of professional development in interdisciplinary training studies. These are paid hours and a wonderful opportunity to enhance resume/vitae during a trainee's college career.

We are now accepting applications for the FALL 2020 semester. Applications need to be submitted via email to Olivia Lebens or deliver to 1187 Alturas Drive, Moscow, ID 83843.


CDHD Interdisciplinary Training Program

Transcript of 2018 CDHD Interdisciplinary Trainee Program video (PDF)