Transition Internship Program

2016 Summer Interns

The Boston Center for Independent Living is excited to announce that in our seventh year the Transition Internship Program (TIP) has expanded! This year BCIL will be running both a Summer Session and a School Year program.  As in past years, BCIL is excited to work with local public schools, MRC, and MCB to identify candidates for TIP.

TIP is a great opportunity for youth with disabilities, ages 16-22, to gain their first competitive employment experience. Our partner sites are looking for interns who are energetic, committed to coming to work, eager to make a positive contribution to their organization, and ready and willing to learn. In order to become a TIP intern, students must complete a competitive application process including a written application, interviewing with BCIL staff and interviewing at a host site. TIP hires and pays each intern and matches them with a site where they work on important projects. Past interns have worked in an office where they scanned documents, organized files, answered phones, and copied materials; packaged meals; worked with kids at a summer camp; and fixed wheelchairs.


Click here for a printable version of the Summer 2017 TIP Application Letter

2017 Intern Flyer

Transition Internship Program FAQs

Who is eligible for TIP?

Through TIP, BCIL hires high school or post grad applicants with disabilities between the ages of 16-22, who have little to no job experience. You must have an open case with a MRC counselor. TIP is designed to help interns complete their first competitive employment experience successfully.

First competitive employment experience means:

  • First paid employment experience in the community. Unpaid volunteering, or earning your allowance does not typically count as employment experience, although we ask you to list any such experiences in your application. This will help us to get to know you better.
  • You may not be eligible for TIP if: you have previous employment (paid or unpaid) in the community, in your school or in a non-integrated environment (i.e. sheltered workshop, internship/job placement through school). If you are concerned about whether or not your work history may disqualify you from becoming a TIP intern, please contact the Transition Internship Coordinator.

If you are not connected with a MRC counselor, you are not currently eligible for TIP. We advise all applicants and their families to contact your local MRC office directly to make a referral for services. Please find a list of area offices here:

An applicant must either live or attend school within our service area to participate in the Boston Center for Independent Living’s Transition Internship Program. Our service area can be found at:

If you live and or go to school outside our service area, you may want to contact your local Independent Living Center for more information about services for young adults that may be available. Links to all Independent Living Centers in MA can be found here:

Who is a good candidate for TIP?

Good candidates are:

  • interested in learning new things;
  • able to follow directions and ask questions when they do not understand something;
  • respectful of other interns, TIP staff, and those they work with on-site;
  • open to feedback from their supervisor, TIP staff, and other interns; and
  • serious about taking advantage of the opportunity to work in a competitive employment environment.

We hope that you are interested in being part of BCIL’s Transition Internship Program and we look forward to receiving your application! Good Luck! Please see your MRC counselor for a copy of the application. For more information, see the Transition Internship Program FAQs. If you still have questions, you may contact the TIP Staff at 617.338.6665 or

A completed application packet includes:

  • A completed application written by the applicant. You may ask for assistance if needed. All application questions not listed as optional are required. Incomplete applications may be returned. Any knowingly falsified information on an application may disqualify you from TIP. Please keep a copy for your records.
  • A completed MRC information form, completed by your MRC counselor.

Email, fax, or mail the complete application packet and any attachments to:

Boston Center for Independent Living, Inc.
Attn: Transition Internship Program
60 Temple Place, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02111-1324
617 338-6665 (voice)
617 338-6662 (TTY)
617 338-6661 (fax) (e-mail) (web site)




The Boston Center for Independent Living is actively seeking sites for our 2017 Transition Internship Program! Interns are provided support and paid through BCIL and expected to take part in meaningful work at your agencies. Interns work 15-20 hours per week for 7-10 weeks and receive regular mentoring and skills training throughout the program. If you are interested in hosting an intern, please contact at 617-338-6665.

2017 TIP Site flyer