Explore the following resources:
- USC Career Resources
- Job and Internship Resources
- Industry-Specific Resources
- Professional Organizations and Associations
- Educational Guides and Resources
- Scholarship Resources
- Request an accessibility-related accommodation
USC Career Resources
Campus Resource Guide for Students with Autism The Autism Spectrum Committee at USC has compiled a list of campus resources ranging from student organizations to centers on campus for USC students with ASD.
Disability & The Workplace 2020: Office of Student Accessibility Services (OSAS) is dedicated to ensuring that all students with disabilities obtain equal access, whether it be in the classroom or achieving their life-long goals. We hope to enhance employability by providing tips, resources, and services that may benefit all individuals, regardless of ability. You can also find career management information 24/7 on connectSC .
Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP): WRP connects undergraduate, graduate students, and recent graduates with disabilities who are interested in paid internships and full-time opportunities to private sector employers and federal agencies. Applying, and interviewing, to WRP puts you in a database so that hiring departments and companies can select you for an interview. WRP will open for 2021-2022 academic year on August 30, 2021. Email Mallika Samtani if you have questions about WRP.
Job and Internship Opportunities
AbilityJOBS: A career website dedicated to employment of people with disabilities. Host of the largest resume bank with tens of thousands of job seekers with disabilities, from entry level candidates to PhD.
AbilityLinks: A web-based program that connects a dynamic talent pool of self-identified applicants with disabilities to a network of employers that value disability inclusion.
American Association for the Advancement of Science – Entry Point: 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.
Bender Consulting Services, INC.: Assists with recruiting and hiring people with disabilities for competitive career opportunities in the public and private sectors.
disABLEDperson Inc.: A public charity organization whose primary focus is disability employment. You can post your resume, look through job listings, and find scholarship opportunities.
Federal Jobs Net: Helps disabled individuals and veterans find federal government employment. The site is also a good resource for hiring options and information.
GettingHired: Provides job opportunities and resources to students with disabilities. Their job portal features more than 100,000 active listings for positions spanning from architects to x-ray techs.
Lime Connect: This organization assists students with scholarships, professional development webinars, and information about internships and full-time job opportunities. Sign up for their newsletter to get the latest updates on upcoming application deadlines!
My Plus Students’ Club: Their mission is to ensure that having a disability or long-term health condition does not prevent anyone from having the career that they want to have. Their website has plenty of helpful resources, tips, and guidelines for navigating the university and job search experience.
National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center: A network of non-profit organizations that serves as a hub for leading edge approaches to education and employment and pro-active efforts that aim to shape and influence policy changes that will benefit the people it serves.
National Telecommuting Institute (NTI): At NTI we assist people with disabilities to find Work from Home call center jobs in the areas of customer service, sales, and technical support. We offer full-time and part-time permanent positions as well as temporary and seasonal positions. All interested students who are searching for employment and may prefer working from home will need to register online and should select the “Workforce Recruitment Program” as the source.
Office of Personnel Management (OPM): A resource for job opportunities, hiring information, and educational tools to help with career advancement.
The American Association of People with Disabilities: This organization provides a Congressional Internship Program for college students with disabilities. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to recent graduates. Applications are due in February.
The Sierra Group: A nonprofit dedicated to driving up employment for people with disabilities in America. The Sierra Group Foundation is your one-stop shop for all of your disability related training, recruiting, and accommodation needs.
Disabled Writers: This resource aims to eliminate the “I couldn’t find anyone” barrier to hiring disabled writers and speaking with disabled sources in the field of journalism and media.
The National Disabled Law Students Association (NDLSA): NDLSA aims to eliminate the stigma of disability within the legal profession and foster an environment where law students and lawyers are easily able to obtain the accommodations necessary to achieve career success.
Professional Organizations and Associations
Most professional associations offer student memberships at a discount, and memberships usually come with access to programs such as speaker events and job fairs. The following list provides additional resources to the several associations that were provided above.
- American Foundation for the Blind
- Association for Higher Education and Disability
- DREAM: Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring
- Mobility International USA
- National Center for College Students with Disabilities
- National Organization on Disability
- U.S. Business Leadership Network
Educational Guides and Resources
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Titles I and V: Specific information on employment discrimination laws.
BestColleges.com Guide to College Planning for Students with Disabilities: A free source of information breaking down the transition process, accommodations, scholarships, and more that students should be prepared with. They also provide planning that focuses on specific disabilities:
- Guide to College Planning for Students with Physical Disabilities
- Guide to College Planning for Students with Visual Impairments
- Guide to College Planning for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities
- Guide to College Planning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
- Guide to College Planning for Students with Learning Disabilities
Career Guide for Students with Disabilities: Through Affordable Colleges Online, this career guide outlines what the ADA is, what are your rights and provides additional resources for students with disabilities. Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online) began in 2012 with the goal of connecting students to affordable, high quality education. They aim to help students and parents identify colleges, programs, and scholarship opportunities that fit their academic and financial ambitions and needs. AC Online believes that affordable, high-quality educational opportunities should be attainable for all students.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN): The leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.
MoneyGeek’s Guide for Job Seekers & Workers with a Disability: The guide offers tips to help individuals find a job, provides advice on staying gainfully employed, and includes guidance that can help disabled workers talk with an existing employer about making reasonable accommodations.
Office of Disability Employment Policy: Provides articles and resources on national leadership focused on disability and employment policy. Disclosing a Disability is their guide to learning the Why, When, What, and How of disclosing (or not disclosing) your disability.
Respect Ability: Source for news, education, and other resources regarding issues facing people with disabilities.
The Complete Guide to Social Security Disability Benefits: A guide to help figure out how much in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are you eligible to receive?
Zippia’s Disability Resource Guide: Having a physical disability can make finding a job difficult. From learning about laws that protect you, how to interview, to finding accommodating companies, here is a guide to make things a little easier.
Zippia’s Guide for Job Seekers with Disabilities: Learn how to secure your dream job. This guide has everything from how to find a job, to perfecting your resume and how to prepare for an interview.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Guide: Find a list of available scholarships, eligibility criteria, award amounts, and information.
Financial Resources and Discounts: From the most important federal financial aid information to helpful deals to awesome free stuff, this list of discounts for students with disabilities will help take the focus off bank accounts and back onto studies. Disability discounts, tips, and information for travel, utilities, books, software, and assistive technologies are out there for you to use; don’t miss out! There are plenty of opportunities for aid as well as lots of ways to save.
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