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About Best Buddies

Anthony K. Shriver founded Best Buddies in 1989 to assist people with intellectual disabilities worldwide.  It’s now an international nonprofit organization that has grown to include over 1,400 chapters based in middle schools, high schools and colleges.  Best Buddies provides contact relationships and integrated employment opportunities for its clients—over 350,000 individuals.

Best Buddies interns work in the areas of accounting and finance, advertising and marketing, administrative, transportation and logistics, arts and design, HR, public relations and special events.  Interns may also work as part of the e-Buddies Training Corps on the e-Buddies Program.  As a member of e-Buddies, an intern fulfills the mission of Best Buddies by facilitating email friendships between children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their peers who do not have intellectual disabilities.  Interns attend a training session in Washington, D.C., where they learn how to teach email skills to persons with intellectual disabilities, then return to their “home” cities and work with local agencies to provide one-on-one email training to members of the intellectually disabled community.  e-Buddies provides individuals an opportunity to develop new friendships while acquiring much needed computer skills.


Open to high school students, college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, grad students and recent grads.  Non-U.S. citizens are eligible.

Best Buddies

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


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