Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Career Resources for Students with Disabilities

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with accommodations or disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. The WRP connects graduate students, college students and recent graduates with disabilities to employers across the nation for paid summer internships and full-time jobs. Check out www.wrp.gov to learn more.

Participation is open to all students with disabilities at all academic levels, majors, and degree programs. Individuals who have graduated after April 2016, are also eligible to participate this year. Veterans with disabilities are especially urged to apply.

INFO SESSIONS FOR WRP APPLICANTS (voluntary but recommended)

OCTOBER 11 1-2pm Webinar
OCTOBER 12 4:30-5:30pm Hornbake South 3134
See Career Center website for further details.

The WRP is one of the main paths to:
  •   Find an internship or permanent position at federal agencies
  •   Explore careers in the federal service
  •   Gain interviewing experience 
Click here for further information on the program.

How it works: 
  • Read this message
  • Register your interest
  • Initial registration is approved
  • Finish registration (upload documents-we'll work together on this)
  • Prepare for interview
  • Interview with WRP recruiter
To qualify, an eligible candidate:
  • Must have a disability which makes the candidate eligible to use the Schedule A hiring authority (see link below or the explanation in the Student Resource section of the WRP website - Schedule A Checklist for Candidates)
  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Must be a current, full-time, degree-seeking, post-secondary student, unless they are taking a reduced course load due to a disability OR are in their final semester; OR a recent graduate
DEADLINE for registration: October 17, 2017   
 
For the 2018 WRP release, interviews will be held in the fall of 2017.  Candidates who are accepted into WRP will then be interviewed for federal and private sector positions.  A recruiter will be assigned to the University of Maryland to conduct phone interviews with qualified candidates.

EmployAbility at UMD
The University Career Center employs a dedicated expert in the field of employment of people with disabilities, Nancy Forsythe, nforsyt2@umd.edu. She can guide you in the WRP application process and help you  succeed.