What is WRP?
The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects Federal Government and select private-sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to demonstrate their abilities in the workplace through paid summer or permanent jobs. Participating in the WRP is an excellent way to: • Find an internship or permanent position in the federal or private sector • Explore careers in the federal service • Gain interviewing experience The WRP provides students with disabilities in all fields of study the opportunity to market their abilities to a wide variety of potential employers across the United States, sharpen their interviewing skills and gain career advice during an elective one-on-one meeting with a WRP recruiter, and gain valuable skills, experience, and contacts on the job.
To apply for WRP, you must:
-have a disability AND
-be a U.S. citizen AND
-be enrolled in a U.S. Department of Education accredited institution of higher education on a
substantially full-time basis (unless your disability precludes you from taking a substantially
full-time load or it is your last term before graduating) to seek a degree OR
-have graduated from such an institution within the past two years (April 1, 2018 or later).
The WRP is run on an annual basis and requires student applicants to have a phone or video conference interview with one of our recruiters. The interviews take place during October-November each year. The WRP is coordinated on college campuses by Disability Services or Career Services offices. This past year, over 300 colleges and universities participate in the program and additional colleges and universities are added each year.
The school registration process will close in June 2020. If you are an eligible student, share this information with your school's disability services or career services coordinator, and ask him or her to contact the WRP Program Managers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please understand that we work directly with college coordinators. If your college or university does not participate in the WRP, you may be able to register for the program with another participating college or university in your area.
School registration will open on April 13, 2020 and close in June. Once your school is registered, student registration opens on August 24, 2020 at https://wrp.gov.
The WRP is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Diversity Management Operations Center (DMOC), with support from other federal agencies.