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Workforce Recruitment Program

What Is the Workforce Recruitment Program?

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a resource to connect public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workforce. Employers seek to fill both temporary and permanent positions in a variety of fields.

Myths, stereotypes, and misconceptions about people with disabilities often stand in the way when people with disabilities look for jobs, resulting in a high rate of unemployment. Statistics show that people with disabilities from minority backgrounds encounter even greater difficulty in obtaining work. The WRP aims to eliminate this workplace discrimination one student, one employer, and one job at a time.

Who Is Eligible to Participate in the WRP?

An applicant for the program must

  • have a substantial disability
  • be a United States citizen
  • be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning on a substantially full-time basis (unless the severity of the disability precludes the student from taking a substantially full-time load) to seek a degree OR
  • be enrolled in such an institution as a degree-seeking student taking less than a substantially full-time load in the enrollment period immediately prior to graduation OR
  • have graduated from such an institution within the past year

What Does the WRP Offer to Colleges and Universities?

The WRP provides a unique opportunity for colleges and universities to

  • tap into a system that has been successfully placing students with disabilities in summer and permanent positions in the public and private sectors for over 15 years, at no cost to the school, the student, or the employer
  • bring together the resources of their disability services, career services, and veteran services offices to promote more effectively the job seeking skills and career readiness of their students with disabilities
  • provide their students with disabilities a chance to grow personally and professionally through participation in this nationwide program

What Does the WRP Offer to Eligible Students?

The WRP is an excellent way for students with disabilities in all fields of study to

  • market their abilities to a wide variety of potential employers across the United States
  • sharpen their interviewing skills during a required one-on-one meeting with a WRP recruiter
  • gain valuable skills, experience, and contacts on the job
  • prove that people with disabilities can be excellent employees

How Does the Program Work?

The WRP operates on the following timeline:

  • By early August, the schedule of recruitment visits to schools is confirmed and posted online under the Resources section of the website (www.wrp.gov).
  • From September through November, recruitment visits, which include 30-minute personal interviews with individual candidates, are conducted.
  • By early December, a database composed of student applications and profiles are made available to employers in the public and private sectors.
  • Once the database is released, interested employers make direct contact with students about temporary and permanent job offers. The database is active for one year.

The WRP is co-sponsored by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Department of Defense, with support from other federal agencies.

How Can You Participate?

  • If you want to be the coordinator for WRP on your campus and you are an employee in a disability services office, career services office, or other faculty or staff member please contact the WRP Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • If you are an eligible student, share this information with your school's disability services coordinator, career services coordinator, or other faculty and staff member and ask him or her to contact the WRP Coordinator. Please understand that we work directly with campus coordinators, and cannot respond to inquiries from individual students.

For more information, please continue reading at the Workforce Recruitment Program website