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Interdisciplinary Traineeship

The Boggs Center is proud to offer students of accredited colleges and universities a unique learning opportunity called a Traineeship. A traineeship is similar to an internship or field education opportunity, providing students with a structured learning experience.

The Boggs Center’s Interdisciplinary Traineeship affords students hands-on experience in a variety of disability-specific projects as well as the chance to attend various training classes, seminars and professional development workshops. The traineeship orients its learning opportunities toward developing leadership and vision in the field of developmental disabilities.

Each trainee is matched with a Boggs Center mentor who helps to guide the student’s activities and provides feedback. During the course of the traineeship, student trainees create an individualized project in an area of their interest with the goal of contributing something unique to the field of developmental disabilities. Beyond the individual project, trainees are also afforded frequent opportunities to collaborate with Boggs Center staff and leaders in the disciplines of health and human services on a variety of important projects.

The traineeship runs through the academic year and is presented in an independent study format, which lends itself to receiving university credit for the placement (contingent upon approval by an academic advisor). The traineeship is also frequently utilized by students as a field education or internship site for fulfillment of academic program requirements.

By the conclusion of the traineeship, students will have developed highly important and transferable professional skills like effective communication, research, working as part of a team, and project management.

The traineeship is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including but not limited to those in the following disciplines:

    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    • General and Special Education
    • Public Policy
    • Public Health
    • Nursing
    • Pre-Med/Medical
    • Physical/Occupational Therapy

To apply:

See application materials on the NJLEND page


For more information, contact:

Caroline N. Coffield, PhD
Director of Pre-service Training
Training Director, NJLEND
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

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