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 may 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.
- Explore your options: Make an appointment to get informed on your choice of major, identify assessments to help you discover your interests and personality traits or guidance on an action plan for you to turn your major into a career.
- Get experience: Seek out internships, volunteer, or research opportunities to gain practical experience in an occupation or career field.
- Become a leader: Employers and graduate schools want to see leadership experiences on your resume. Get involved with a student organization or start a campus club to refine your leadership skills.
There are a variety of career search and resource websites for people with disabilities. Here are some of the many resources available:
- 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.
- 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.
- COSD: Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities is an online job and resume database for students and employers who are committed to including disability as part of their diversity efforts.
- Do-It at UW Seattle serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers.
- Gettinghired.com: a website that empowers job seekers with disabilities find employment, by removing barriers and connecting them to employment and career resources.
- 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, as well as any disability-related accommodation and accessibility information needed to make the international experience a success.
- Enable America: is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing employment among the 56 million Americans with disabilities.
- College Resources for Students with Disabilities: This guide includes tips and resources to help students transition from college to career, an overview of the various cognitive, physical, or other types of disabilities students face while attending school, and reviews of several technologies and advocate groups available to students who face various disabilities, such as ADD, autism, and more.
- Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN): Provides support to employers in their efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and advance qualified individuals with disabilities.
- White House Resource Guide to Hiring People with Disabilities: provides employers knowledge on best practices for recruiting, retaining, providing reasonable accommodation, and legal information.
- Office of Disability Employment: Provides valuable resources and best practices for employers looking to create an inclusive work environment.
- Disability Employment 101: Checklist to evaluate your workplace to see if there can be improvements made for accessibility.
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.)
- Disability Rights Washington (DRW): is a private, nonprofit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities throughout the state of Washington.
- National Legal Resources: provides online links and legal resources for disability issues.