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About American School for the Deaf

The American School for the Deaf works to “provide a comprehensive program for the development of the intellect and the enhancement of the quality of life for the deaf community by serving as a multi-purpose institution furnishing educational and vocational programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing children, youth, adults and their families.”  The idea for the school began in 1807 when a prominent Hartford physician, Mason Fitch Cogswell, wanted to help his deaf young daughter, Alice.  The school was officially founded 10 years later.  This school is the country’s oldest educational organization committed to serving the deaf community.

ASD usually receives over 3,000 hours of volunteer assistance each year.  This adds to the quality of life and education for students and employees.  Interns and volunteers may work on everyday classroom activities, after-school tutoring and special events such as the school’s annual golf tournament.  All interns receive “practical experience with deaf education and deaf culture,” both inside and outside of the classroom.  Interns must be prepared to learn sign language at a rapid pace, as it is used all of the time.


Open to college students, grad students and recent college graduates.

American School for the Deaf

Marilyn Rettig
American School for the Deaf
American School for the Deaf
139 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT 6107
Phone: (860) 570-2353


Number of Interns: Less than 10
Compensation/Benefits: Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: High School Students, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Hartford, CT