Career Resources

Student Disability Services and the Life Design Lab (formerly Career Center) are partnering to provide innovative resources and professional opportunities for students with disabilities. This page will be updated throughout the semester with current information about workshops, career opportunities, fellowships, internships and events.

Career Opportunities

  • On Handshake you will find resources for students with disabilities, and you can always meet with a Life Design Educator (formerly Career Coach) for more information on how to navigate Handshake. Log into your account and learn more about career resources.
  • Microsoft has developed numerous inclusive hiring practices, from Autism Hiring events focused on Software Engineer candidates to an Inclusive Hiring Virtual Fair.
  • Apply for Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP).

    Student Registration is open, August 22, for the Workforce Recruitment Program 2023 Recruitment Year!

    Students and recent graduates with disabilities may visit and click the “Students Register Now” button to take the first step towards opportunities for federal employment.

    Who Can Participate?

    Students and recent graduates with disabilities. All applicants must be:

    • eligible for the Schedule A Hiring Authority for persons with disabilities
      1. A Schedule A letter is documentation that you are Schedule A eligible. This letter must be on letterhead and signed by:

        • A licensed medical professional;
        • A licensed rehabilitation professional; or
        • Any federal or state agency that issues or provides disability benefits.
        • This letter does NOT need to detail your specific disability, medical history, or need for accommodation. Learn more: Schedule A Hiring Authority and How to Obtain a Schedule A Letter
    • a U.S. citizen

      Current students must be an enrolled full-time, degree-seeking, postsecondary (undergraduate or graduate) student. If you are taking a reduced course load due to a disability, the COVID-19 pandemic, or are in your last term/semester, you can also apply.

      Recent graduates must have met the above requirements while enrolled and have graduated with a degree on or after April 1, 2020.

    Student Registration and Application Process

    Applying for the WRP is a two-part process for students.

    1. First, students must register for WRP. The WRP Coordinator for your school will review your registration, and an account will be created for students with approved registrations. Students have until October 13 to complete their registration.
    2. Students will be prompted by email to create or sign in to an existing account and complete their WRP application. Students must use the same email to register for WRP and to create a account. See the attached User Guide to explain the process. The application is due October 16.

    *Students must register and complete a new application each year to continue to be a part of the program.
    *Students should contact with questions about the registration/application process.

    Important WRP dates to keep on your calendar:

    • August 22 – Student registration opens
    • October 13 – Student registration closes
    • October 16 – Student applications due (students should inform School Coordinators of any accommodations needed to participate in the informational interview process)
    • October 18 – Deadline for Coordinators to submit student interview accommodation requests
    • October 24-November 16– Informational interview period
    • Mid-December – WRP database launch (available to employers; employers contact applicants directly if interested in pursuing their application for employment)

Fellowships, Internships, and Events

  • Apply for an internship with the American Association of People with Disabilities. AAPD offers summer internships to undergraduate students with disabilities that aim to train the next generation’s leaders. More information about former interns and opportunities can be found AAPD Summer Internship Program page.
  • Apply for the Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship. The Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship managed by Rooted in Rights and AAPD provides the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to learn and apply skills in digital media storytelling and to connect with media professionals to prepare participants for advanced careers in media production, journalism, online advocacy, or digital design.
  • Participate in one of the many events hosted by Career Services.
  • Apply for the National Leadership Fellowship at RespectAbility. RespectAbility is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates for disability rights. Every year, they host three rounds of interns to get experience in public policy, communication, and fundraising.