Testing and Design Internship

Beneficial Designs is accepting applications for a testing and design internship.

Peter Axelson of Beneficial Designs is the Chair of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Standards Committee on Wheelchairs and is a delegate to the International Organization on Standardization (ISO) for Wheelchair Standards. Beneficial Designs performs testing for RESNA wheelchair standards for the United States. In addition, Peter Axelson pioneered the Universal Trails Assessment Process in the 1990's and is intimately involved in the accessibility of trails and other outdoor recreation areas.

The candidate should have a strong belief in accessibility for people with disabilities. The person should have skills in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and be detail-oriented, organized, and able to multi-task.

To Apply:

  1. Click here for a printable version of the Beneficial Designs Intern Application in PDF. 
  2. Email your completed application along with your resume (in .doc or .rtf format) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please do not call our office regarding the status of your application.

No applications will be accepted in person, via fax, or via standard mail.

Summary of Wheelchair Standards Testing

Wheelchair standards are specific test procedures used to provide information about the performance, safety, and dimensions of wheelchairs. These procedures ensure minimum wheelchair performance and safety levels, and provide a basis for consumers and clinicians to compare products when selecting a wheelchair. Wheelchair manufacturers conduct standard wheelchair testing on a voluntary basis and as required by funding agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and Medicare.


Summary of Trail Design Projects

The enhancing trails access and information for Northern Nevada project uses the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) to assess local trails and get signage posted at trailheads. UTAP is an assessment that provides objective information (length, grade, cross slope, surface type) to trail users to help them decide what trail fits their abilities. Detailed reports about the trail surface and features are also given to the land managers.

The High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process (HETAP) project is creating a computerized version of UTAP that has been shown to be more accurate and cost-effective than UTAP.

The trail gate barrier project is designing a trail gate for trailheads that will prevent access to motorized trail vehicles, such as ATVs and motorbikes and allow access to hikers, bikers and mobility devices such as manual and power wheelchairs, power scooters, and hand bikes.

To forward your application please contact Seanna Kringen and for further information about Beneficial Designs visit our website www.beneficialdesigns.com