Workforce Recruitment Program For College Students With Disabilities (WRP)

Workforce Recruitment Program For College Students With Disabilities (WRP)

Sponsoring Organization(s):

The U.S. Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense

Workforce Recruitment Program
Office of Disability Employment Policy

U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room S1303
Washington, DC 20210


Fax: Fax: (202) 693-7888


Interns are hired by Federal government departments/agencies and private sector employers. In addition, interns are responsible for transportation to their placement site, local transportation, meals and housing. Upon request, however, the WRP reserves housing for Washington, DC interns.

Internship Period(s): WRP internships are filled between late May and mid-August each year.

Application Date Line: While there is no official deadline for participating agencies, most job offers are made by early June. To participate in the WRP, students must be interviewed on a college or university campus within a five-week period between the end of January and the end of February each year.

Geographic Availability: Internships are available in Washington DC and throughout the United States.

Selection Process: Applicants must: have a severe disability; be a United States citizen; and be enrolled at an accredited two or four year college or university or graduate program on a substantially full-time basis, seeking a degree, or have graduated within the past year. Applicants must submit a Federal employment application form (e.g., an OF 612 or a 171 form or a résumé), a supplemental information form and a WRP referral agreement prior to an interview. After the interview, job ready candidates are entered into a database. First line supervisors are encouraged to contact interviewers to receive additional information about WRP participants.

Because WRP does not track job offers, applicants are responsible for pursuing any job offers they receive. Final hiring decisions are made by participating agencies.

Recruitment Process: College career counselors or disability student services providers who would like to schedule a recruitment trip to their campuses should contact Paul Meyer by email. Due to limited staff resources, the Office of Disability Employment Policy cannot respond to direct student inquiries.

Orientation Session/Training: The WRP provides no orientation. However, interns are encouraged to participate in seminars provided by their sponsoring agency.

Reasonable Accommodations: Questions regarding reasonable accommodations should be directed to the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) at 1-800-526-7234.

Other: Interns are paid according to their level of education and enter the civil service between the GS-2 and GS-9 grade levels. Departments/agencies may offer participants permanent positions if they are graduating seniors or graduate students.

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