Job search resources for students with disabilities
Below are resources to help you in your career and internship exploration and professional development.
Things to think about
As a student with a disability there are important factors for you to consider as you search for internships or employment, or apply to graduate school. You may have questions about your rights, disclosure, accommodations, and which laws apply to you. Here are some resources to guide you in your career search:
Getting a jump start on your career
Landing your perfect career after graduation or getting into graduate school takes more than just going to class each day. Take a look at the tips below to gain some insight on what you can do now to succeed after graduation.
Search forjobs & internships
Benefits of an internship
- You are more likely to land a job in your industry of choice
- You get extended exposure to a potential employer
- You gain something substantive to put on a resume
- You gain a job reference, and hopefully a letter of recommendation
- You might get college credit (depends on the internship)
There are a variety of career search and resource websites for people with disabilities. Here are some of the many resources available:
- College Resources for Students with Disabilities includes tips and resources to help students transition from college to career and reviews of several technologies and advocacy groups available to students with various disabilities, including ADD, autism, and more.
- Ability Jobs was the first and largest employment website for job seekers with disabilities. They are the only employment site where all postings are from employers specifically seeking to hire people with disabilities. You can search through thousands of jobs as well as post your resume anonymously for free.
- Chronically Capable helps jobseekers with chronic illnesses and disabilities find flexible jobs. They work with organizations to gather flexible and remote work opportunities from various industries. Their platform has full-time, part-time and contract roles from leading companies across the world.
- The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation’s mission is to assist individuals with disabilities to secure, maintain, advance in or regain employment. They provide counseling, employment, and assessment services for those who face substantial barriers in finding sustained employment.
- Do-It at UW Seattle promotes the inclusion and participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers.
- Enable America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing employment among the 56 million Americans with disabilities.
- Gettinghired.com is a website that empowers job seekers with disabilities to find employment by removing barriers and connecting them to employment and career resources.
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN). Trusted consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, the ADA and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities.
- Lime Connect: is a global not-for-profit organization that's rebranding disability through achievement. They attract, prepare, and connect high potential university students and professionals, including veterans, who happen to have disabilities, with scholarships, internships, The Lime Connect Fellowship Program, and full time careers with their corporate partners.
- The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) helps persons with disabilities interested in studying, teaching, conducting research, interning, or volunteering abroad to find exchange programs and any disability-related accommodation and accessibility information needed to make the international experience a success.
- Recruit Disability is an informational platform regarding Job Seekers with disabilities and the programs that support them. You can browse popular job categories, check different salaries, upload your resume and set up job alerts that fit your professional criteria.
- Think Beyond the Label was created to inform, connect and communicate with all stakeholders in the disability and employment communities. They provide interview and resume strategies as well as promote better employment outcomes for people with disabilities.
- Workforce Recruitment Program is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent grads with disabilities.
Your legal rights
As a student with a disability you may have concerns about experiencing discrimination within your job search or career and what to do should it arise. The following are resources to help you understand your rights if you encounter discrimination on an application, in a job interview or in a work place. (Please note that these sites are for your information only, and do not constitute legal advice.)