Division for Early Childhood Doctoral Internship

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is pleased to announce a yearlong virtual doctoral Internship to support the activities of the DEC Executive Office.

About the Division for Early Childhood

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (birth to 8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (birth to 8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families.


Serve as a support to a variety of DEC initiatives activities. In addition, the position will be asked to support the work of the Executive Office as assigned. Examples of this work might be to support one or more of the DEC Committees, publication and product work, and more. The work can be informed by the doctoral student’s area of interest. This might also include support for activities such as the annual conference.

Qualifications Desired

DEC is looking for an applicant who fits the following requirements:

  1. Doctoral study in the field of early intervention/early childhood special education or a blended EC/ECSE program.

  2. Experience using Microsoft Office suite, Zoom, and other online platforms. a. Ability to learn various online platforms that DEC uses for webinars, newsletters, social media, and project and conference management.

Time Commitment and Additional Information

The assistantship is for one year, January 2021 to January 2022. The doctoral student will commit 4-6 hours weekly, with a heavier time commitment when involved with conference support. The annual stipend is $2500; the doctoral student will receive $625 each quarter. DEC is willing to make arrangements so that doctoral students who are already fully funded can apply. Attendance at the DEC annual conference (virtual or in-person) is required. All conference costs will be covered. The doctoral student in this position will be supervised by Peggy Kemp, PhD, DEC’s Executive Director.

Application Submission Information

Applications are due by December 16th, 2020. Please submit a resume/CV and letter of interest to dec@dec-sped.org with “Doctoral Internship 2021” in the subject line.

In your cover letter, please include the following:

  1. DEC Member Number

  2. Doctoral Program

  3. Doctoral Advisor – Please submit your advisor’s name and email. We ask that you request your advisor to submit an email to Peggy Kemp (peggy@dec-sped.org) acknowledging your application and their approval of application submission at the time of your application.

  4. In the letter of interest, briefly explain the qualifications that you bring to this position and your interest to serve in this role.

Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed by the Executive Office. Final applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Skills Gained

The doctoral student in this position will develop their project management skills, interface with DEC leaders across the country, gain insight into the operations of a national office organization, and have the opportunity to manage specific projects within the national Executive Office.

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