Accessibility Intern

POSITION:                   Accessibility Intern

REPORTS TO:             Director of Access Technology

STATUS:                      Temporary (Summer)

Founded in 1902, San Francisco’s LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. We offer blindness skills training and relevant services such as access to employment, education, government, information, recreation, transportation and the environment. We also pursue the development of new technology, encourage innovation, and amplify the voices of blind individuals around the world.

JOB PURPOSE:

The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is seeking an Accessibility Intern in our Access Technology department. The AT department trains 300 students each year on the use of screen readers and magnification software, and partners with dozens of companies to ensure apps, websites and products are accessible to blind and visually impaired users. We’re seeking an intern to help us expand these efforts.

This position might be for you if:

You keep pace with the latest in mainstream and access technology. You’re interested in the interactions between people and the technologies they use. When you encounter a technical problem, you go looking for a solution and you enjoy explaining technical concepts to others.

Applications for Summer 2018 are due May 19, 2018. Internship term is June-Sept 2018.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience using screen readers and magnification software
  • Knowledge of accessibility standards such as WCAG preferred.
  • Education or equivalent: College degree in-process or recent graduate.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Able to sit at a desk and perform computer-intensive work for long periods of time; operate standard office equipment; move 20lbs independently.

ACCOUNTABILITIES:

The accessibility intern will work closely with the Director of Access Technology on the following projects:

  • Undertake outreach efforts to blind and visually impaired technology users to expand the Lighthouse database of user testers.
  • Recruit and screen individuals for specific user studies.
  • Evaluate the accessibility of software, websites, and apps, spread awareness of accessibility to designers, developers, and researchers who visit LightHouse.

The Accessibility Intern will be expected to work between 20 and 30 hours per week for a semester/quarter or equivalent span of time (approx. 12 weeks) based on availability.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is an equal opportunity employer to all. We strive to maintain a scent-free environment and a drug-free workplace. We also operate under a mutual “employment at will” policy.

TO APPLY:

No applications will be accepted after May 19, 2018. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview within two weeks of application. Unfortunately we cannot respond to all applications.

Please submit a cover letter and résumé as Word attachments (no PDFs please) to: hr@lighthouse-sf.org, including the job title in the subject line. Due to time constraints we will only respond to complete submissions in which there is serious interest. Thanks for your understanding.

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