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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.

Career Access Resource Library (CARL): An online library with disability resources, career-related links and resources useful for career exploration.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities: Assists college students and recent graduates with a disability in gaining the tools and knowledge necessary to secure the career of their choice.

disABLEDperson Inc.: A public charity organization whose primary focus is disability employment. You will be able to 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 student with scholarships, professional development webinars along with information about internships and full-time job opportunities.

Office of Personnel Management (OPM): A resource for job opportunities, hiring information, and educational tools to help with career advancement.

My Plus Students’ Club: Their mission is to ensure that having a disability or long-term health condition doesn’t 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 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.

The American Association of People with Disabilities: This organization provides a Congressional Internship Program for college students with disabilities. It’s open to undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to recent grads.

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.

Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP): WRP connects undergraduate, graduate students, and recent graduates with disabilities who are interested paid internships and full-time opportunities to private sector employers and federal agencies.

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.

Educational Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Titles I and V: Specific information on employment discrimination laws.

Federal Resume Guide for People with Disabilities: The ins and outs of creating a resume for a federal career.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Guide for Disabled Students: Find a list of available scholarships, eligibility criteria, award amounts, and information.

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.

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 SSI benefits are you eligible to receive?