Application Requirements

Important Dates

February 9, 2024:        Application Deadline

February 12, 2024:     Letters of Recommendation Due (submit here)

February 12, 2024:     Invitations to Interview Will be Sent 

February 16, 2024:     Interview Day

March 1, 2024:            Notification of Acceptance


Virtual Open House

Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at 4:00 PM

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Who Is Eligible?

In order to be eligible for a stipend, LEND Leadership Trainees must be United States citizens and cannot be receiving any other type of financial support from University departments or national, federally-funded programs. Special considerations may apply.

Applicants will:

  • Have availability on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. across the academic year.

  • Demonstrate an interest in working with children with special health care needs and their families

  • Demonstrate leadership potential

  • Fit one of the following:

    • Graduate students and pre- and post-doctoral students in professions related to Maternal and Child Health (audiology, communication disorders, dentistry, psychology, early intervention, education, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, public health, and social work)

    • A family member or parent of a child with a disability, or someone who has experienced disability within their own life, and who is looking to expand their knowledge and experience with leadership

  • Submit a completed application with all accompanying materials

Students enrolled in graduate or post-graduate programs for the academic year as full or part-time students may apply. Students from diverse backgrounds and students with disabilities are encourage to apply, as are family members and self advocates looking to enhance their leadership skills and advance in their knowledge of advocacy.

What Do I Need To Apply?

  • Completed online application including an essay (< 500 words)

  • 3 letters of recommendation (online)

  • Curriculum vitae or Resume

  • Unofficial graduate program transcript

    • to date or final; required for applicants who have already completed a graduate degree or who are enrolled in a graduate program  

The application must be completed online. All other materials can be submitted electronically or mailed to:

The LEND Center of Pittsburgh
Children’s Hospital Office Building 
3414 Fifth Avenue, Ground Floor 
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2583 
Coordinator: Amy Wetmore 
Phone: 412-692-6538