We're committed to helping students with visible and non-visible disabilities in their career journeys. To this end, we’ve compiled a list of resources, which we hope will help with questions about disclosure, accommodations, and your legal rights, as well as job and internship postings and programs. For further assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our career and internship consultants. We are here to assist you every step of the way.
Featured Resource: Workforce Recruitment Program
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a program run by the U.S. Department of Education. It helps qualified students and recent graduates with disabilities to obtain internships and permanent positions with federal and private employers across the US.
To be eligible for WRP, candidates must be:
- current, full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a disability, or recent graduates who have graduated after on or after April 1, 2020.
- U.S. citizens, be attending or have graduated from a U.S. Department of Education accredited university.
- eligible for a Schedule A Hiring Authority for persons with disabilities.
Registration and applications are open from Aug. 22, 2022 to Oct. 13, 2022. Visit wrp.gov to register and apply. To assist you with the registration and application process, a list of helpful resources can be found on the WRP website, including a Sample Schedule A letter and a list of job preferences.
- Americans with Disabilities Act: Detailed explanation of the ADA law and subsequent regulations. Refer to Titles I and V for specific information on employment discrimination laws.
- BestColleges Career Guide to College Planning for Students with Disabilities: A free source of information breaking down the transition process, accommodations, scholarships, and more.
- Career Access Resource Library (CARL): An online library with disability resources, career-related links and resources useful for career exploration.
- The Job Accommodation Network (JAN): Provides free consulting services including information about workplace accommodations, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), and resources for job seekers.
- Office of Disability and Employment Policy: Provides articles and resources on national leadership focused on disability and employment policy.
- Respect Ability: Source for news, education and other resources regarding issues facing people with disabilities.
- AAPD Summer Internship Program: AAPD is a national cross-disability civil rights organization that works to increase the political and economic power of people with disabilities.
- abilityJOBS: Includes a resume bank and job board for people with disabilities. The site has resources for both job seekers and employers. In addition, there is a link specifically for United States Veterans with Disabilities.
- Bender Consulting: Assists individuals with disabilities in getting hired and recruited for positions within the private and public sector.
- Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities: Provides students and recent graduates with essential tools and information needed to establish their careers and secure positions. Resources include regularly updated job postings, tools for building your network, and a dedicated area for employers searching for candidates.
- disABLEDperson: Features approximately 350,000 jobs across the country from employers that are proactive in recruiting job seekers with disabilities. Job postings can be searched by field of interest.
- Emerging Leaders: A highly competitive internship placement program for high achieving undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities. The program is coordinated by the National Business & Disability Council, which also has a website with resources for job seekers
- Entry Point Internships: Affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, identifies and recruits students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities studying in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business for internship and co-op opportunities.
- Lime Connect: New York based not-for-profit organization that attracts, prepares and connects talented candidates with disabilities for careers with its corporate partners.
- Miusa.org: One-stop resource for people with disabilities interested in study, work, intern, volunteer, research or teach abroad programs.
- National Organization on Disability: The National Organization on Disability focuses on increasing employment opportunities for the 80-percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed.
- The Spectrum Careers: Connecting job seekers on the Autism Spectrum with inclusive employers. Job seekers can log in to view over 15,000 job postings, and get instructions on how to show off their skills using a video resume. Traditional resumes are also accepted.
- We Connect Now: Dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.
- Workforce Recruitment Program: Connects undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates with disabilities who are interested paid internships and full-time opportunities to private sector employers and federal agencies.
- American Foundation for the Blind
- Association for Higher Education and Disability
- American Association of People with Disabilities
- Black, Disabled and Proud: College Students with Disabilities
- Disability Rights, Activism, Education, and Mentoring (DREAM)
- National Business & Disability Council
- National Center for College Students with Disabilities
- National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities
- National Organization on Disability
- U.S. Business Leadership Network