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Allen C. Crocker Self-Advocate Internship

Dr. Allen Crocker's contribution to disability science and advocacy cannot be overstated. An advocate, activist and friend to people with disabilities and their families, Dr. Crocker instilled optimism in countless families and helped open society's eyes to the beauty of people with disabilities.

Crocker PortraitIn this spirit and in memory of Dr. Crocker, who passed away in October 2011, the MDSC has created the Dr. Crocker Self Advocate Internship Program.

Each Crocker Internship will give a self-advocate an opportunity to work in our Burlington office on a project of their choosing for a period of 3 to 5 months. Crocker Interns will gain valuable work experience, develop leadership skills, and earn money. And in doing so, they will advance the shared mission of the MDSC and Dr. Crocker, promoting the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

Examples of Crocker Intern Project Areas:
• Legislative Advocacy
• Office Work (answering phones, filing, making copies, etc.)
• Community Outreach
• Public Speaking
• Event Assistance
• Social Networking/Blogging

Or, you are more than welcome to come up with your own idea!

Apply here 

Crocker Intern - Mike Avakian


Michael Avakian began his internship as a MDSC Allen Crocker Self Advocate Intern in June 2016, focusing on art marketing and sales while also developing and strengthening administrative skills. 

Seeking to connect within the art community and gain experience in business development, Michael made great strides in a very short period of time. With help from the MDSC, he developed his business brand, created a following on social media and networking within the art community as well as the MDSC community.
At the beginning of August, Michael announced the grand opening of his online shop – MichaelAvakianArt – where he has been selling notecards with prints of his landscape paintings. 

Michael's paintings have been admired by the MDSC and our community. He has generously donated his work in the past to be given as "thank yous" to those who have supported the MDSC and its programs at the State House on Advocacy Day and at the Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair in Westborough. 

When his internship wrapped up in December 2016, Michael had a strong vision for his art business and connections to resources that can support him along the journey as he continues to maintain, update, and expand his online business.?