Students with Disabilities
University Career Services understands that landing an internship or job is tough! That is why we are committed to supporting students with visible and invisible disabilities navigate their career exploration and preparation path. Below you will find resources specifically for students with disabilities.
Should I disclose?
The best thing for any applicant to do is know what they are entitled to under the law, and research what kind of accommodations they might need beforehand. It is important to remember that no two stories are the same, and the decision on when and if to disclose should be a personal one.
- Disclosure Options for Employment (PDF): a chart mapping out the potential advantages and disadvantages of disclosing at different stages of the job search process
- Disclosure Tips
If you have remaining questions on if/when to disclose, the Job Accommodation Network is available for consultation at 800-526-7234 or via email.
Job Search Resources
Many employers are interested in connecting with students with disabilities so knowing where to find positions is critical. In addition to the job opportunities in HireMason, CareerShift, and on our industry pages, you may find the resources below helpful.
Job Accommodation Network
Expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues
American Foundation for the Blind
Resources for visually impaired students
Employment resources and options for those with autism
U.S. Department of Labor: Disability Resources
Department of Labor disability resource list
Comprehensive information on disability programs and services
Workforce Recruitment Program
Recruitment and referral program connecting federal employers with college students
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
Assists students and recent grads in preparing for and competitive in their career search
AAAS: Entry Point!
Offers internship opportunities for students with disabilities studying science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business
Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities
Provides students with internship and leadership development opportunities
American Association of People with Disabilities
Provides a Congressional Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities and is open to undergraduates, graduates, and recent grads
A leading resource for people with disabilities with regional offices and programs located in ten states and the District of Columbia
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families
If you would like to receive notification of employer-sponsored diversity recruiting initiatives such as internships, leadership programs, and scholarships designed to attract candidates from underrepresented backgrounds, select your preferences under Diversity in the Personal Profile section of your HireMason account. There you will find an option for individuals with disabilities.
Advocacy and professional associations are an excellent source of networking as well as job search resources.