The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) works with a number of universities and departments to offer significant research and policy experiences as part of their overall pre-service and preparation experience. The cornerstone of this effort is the work done through The Wendy Klag Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH). The Wendy Klag Center sponsors internships focused on intellectual and developmental disabilities for public health students at the MCDD. These internships include projects related to research, evaluation, and policy experiences.  

In addition, the Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training at Kennedy Krieger Institute sponsors student scholars from across the United States for training experiences at the MCDD. The MCDD has worked with more than 75 students since the beginning of the research internship, with most of these students producing publications, presentations, posters, theses, and dissertations as part of their work.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health students can visit the Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities for more information. All other students can contact the MCDD at or 443-923-9555.