American Heart Association

American Heart Association has grown into the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. A shared focus on cardiovascular health unites our more than 40 million volunteers and supporters as well as our more than 2,800 employees.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our size and scope let us have real impact. The AHA has invested more than $4.8 billion in research, making us the largest not-for-profit funding source for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease research next to the federal government.

Mission: To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.


Dallas, TX (REMOTE)

Internship Description

American Heart Association’s (AHA) seeks an energetic, motivated, and resourceful individual to join the Business Technology (BT) team. The desired candidate is not only sensitive to the electronic communications access needs people with disabilities have, but also will be an individual who will collaborate with the team in ways not yet imagined. As the Digital Accessibility Intern, you will be responsible for:

  • Supporting BT in identifying potential barriers to accessibility and suggesting potential solutions which will be in conformance with accessibility guidelines and laws including but not limited to W3C WCAG 2.x standards, compliance with the ADA and the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.
  • Assisting BT in applying accessibility knowledge to the company’s digital properties including but not limited to web applications, mobile applications, and electronic documents.
  • Supporting BT in managing and maintaining the American Heart Association’s Standards documentation repository.
  • Assisting in the establishment and implementation of effective accessibility training materials.
  • Reviewing, writing, and presenting procedure documents according to standard templates.
  • Facilitating and tracking procedure reviews and updates, including facilitating the migration of materials to our new SharePoint site.
  • Defining and meeting key deliverables for assignments and providing updates to management.
  • Completing assignments in a high quality and timely fashion.
  • Participating and assisting with meeting facilitation and minutes related to BT assignments.
  • Identifying ways to assist BT in promoting accessibility through various communication methods.
  • Supporting the roadmap planning and project intake efforts.

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10 Flexible 9:00am (Central) 5:00pm (Central) N/A N/A Virtual/Remote

Internship Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following experience:

  • Problem solving abilities
  • Ability to be detail-oriented
  • Awareness or understanding of closed captioning
  • An interest in issues of accessibility, disability, assistive technology, or universal design
  • Applicants should be ready to learn on the job and will be supported in developing a robust skill set in accessibility
  • Strong problem solving and time management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, and the ability to work independently and in small groups is required
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, the following is a plus:
  • Accessibility barriers resulting from visual impairment, hearing impairment, cognitive Impairment, mobility impairment, and / or a combination of multiple disabilities.
  • Accessibility standards: WCAG 2.0, ADA Section 508, 21st Century Video and Communications Act.
  • Windows and Mac OS, Mobile accessibility on Android and IOS.
  • Screen readers, screen magnifiers, switch controls.
  • HTML 4 and 5, CSS 2 and 3.
  • SharePoint
  • Experience with Scrum and Agile methodologies
  • Experience with Internet or mobile usability/accessibility research is a plus
  • A solid working knowledge and comfort level with Microsoft Office including, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio, and SharePoint and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is required.

Additional or preferred qualifications:

  • Demonstrated writing and editing skills
  • Excellent oral and visual communication skills
  • Experience working with a team, faculty, or staff
  • Demonstrated dependability and time/task management skills

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Special Requirements

  • Background Check