Foundation for Physical Therapy

2018 Fall/Winter

Application Deadline: August 17, 2018


The Foundation for Physical Therapy is accepting applicants for a part-time, paid internship to work with a national nonprofit that funds physical therapy research. This internship is a temporary employment opportunity averaging 20 hours per week for students that have matriculated in a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate program and plan to be enrolled in a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program. Preference will be given to those who have already been accepted into a PT or PTA program. All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

This selective opportunity will provide a student with the chance to do substantial work in a number of areas across the Foundation (fundraising, communications and research). The Foundation’s office is located in the headquarters of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in Alexandria, VA. The APTA represents more than 100,000 member PTs, PTAs, and students. The intern will work on average 20 hours per week from September 2018 – February 2019.

Criteria:  Applicants must have education, experience or interest in physical therapy, nonprofit management, communications or a demonstrated interest in Foundation affairs. Applicants must have strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, be able to work independently and have experience working with Microsoft Office programs. The ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced team environment is highly critical for this internship.

Responsibilities:  Work directly with various Foundation staff on important projects in the following areas: Fundraising, the Scientific Program, Communications and upcoming events. 

Salary:  Current hourly rate for interns as designated by APTA’s Human Resources Department. Part time paid internship from September – February with option to extend. Some flexibility with end date.

Application Process:  Applications for the internship will be accepted up to August 17, 2018. Applicants who are chosen will be phone screened by a Foundation representative and top candidates will move to a final round interview phase.

Key Dates:

Internship Application Submission Deadline: August 17, 2018

Decision Deadline: September 1, 2018

Internship Start Date: September 10, 2018

Internship End Date: February 28, 2019

Application Instructions: The Foundation will only consider complete applications that include:

  • A cover letter;
  • An up-to-date resume;
  • Essay, not to exceed one page, indicating why you are interested in the Foundation internship and what you expect to take away from your experience;
  • 2 letters of recommendation from professional or faculty contacts.

Employment Status: Interns shall be classified as temporary, part-time employees who are hired to temporarily supplement the workforce, or to assist in the completion of a specific project and who are temporarily scheduled to work less than the Foundation’s full-time schedule for a limited duration. Employment beyond any initially stated period does not in any way imply a change in employment status. Temporary, part-time workers are not eligible for Foundation benefits.

Submit application materials to Erica Sadiq, Director of Development,