The UConn Center for Career Development is the center for career exploration and advice, located on the second floor of the Wilbur Cross building on the Storrs campus. The Center for Career Development works with and supports undergraduate and graduate students at every step of their individual career exploration, from selecting a major to resumes, interviewing, job search, and more. The Center for Career Development hosts a number of career fairs, and has career counseling available to students on an appointment and walk-in basis.
CCD Events Calendar – Click here for up to date events held and/or promoted by the Center for Career Development!
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.Annually, trained WRP recruiters from federal agencies conduct personal interviews with interested candidates on college and university campuses across the country. Candidates represent all majors, and range from college freshmen to graduate students and law students. Information from these candidate interviews is compiled in a searchable database that is available through this website to federal Human Resources Specialists, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialists, and other hiring officials in federal agencies.
The Center for Career Development and the Center for Students with Disabilities collaborate each fall to identify eligible and interested students. Student registration is now OPEN and will end on 10/10/17. Students who are accepted into the program will be scheduled for a phone interview between 10/23-10/27, and will have opportunities to prepare through workshops with the Center for Career Development.
For more information, please see the UConn Workforce Recruitment Day Information, or contact Monique Cooper, Career Consultant, at Monique.Cooper@uconn.edu or 860-486-3013 or Katie Halbruner, Disability Specialist, at Katie.Halbruner@uconn.edu or 860-486-2020.
Disability Career Fairs
- October 6 Diverse Ability Career Fair:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury
- October 6 Raise the Bar Hire! Career Fair:
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 06108
- October 11 Middlesex County Career Fair:
11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Radisson Hotel Cromwell, 100 Berlin Road, Cromwell
- October 13 Diverse Ability Career Fair:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Northwestern CT Community College, Park Place, Winsted
- October 20 Diverse Ability Career Fair:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Three Rivers Community College, Norwich
- October 27 Diverse Ability Career Fair:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Manchester Community College, Great Path, Manchester
- October 31 Diverse Ability Career Fair:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gateway Community College, 20 Church Street, New Haven
The websites listed below are for informational purposes only. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the CSD:
- Ability Jobs
Ability Jobs is one of the largest job boards for job seekers with disabilities. Post a resume that remains anonymous until you allow the employer to contact you. Resumes and job opportunities can be posted for both employees and employers.
- Access College: The Employment Office
As part of the Washington DO-IT initiative, The Employment Office provides information and resources and shares promising practices for increasing access to careers for individuals with disabilities.
- Accessible Employment
Accessible Employment is a national job board dedicated to including individuals with disabilities in today’s workforce
- AFB Career Connect
A free resource for those who are blind or visually impaired to learn about the range and diversity of jobs available, with a Career Mentor service available
- Bender Consulting Services, Inc.
Providing consulting in information technology and creating employment opportunities for all people with abilities. Bender Consulting Services, Inc. has collaborated with CareerEco to deliver Bender Virtual Career Fairs for People with Disabilities.
- Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)
COSD is a unique consortium composed of large and small universities, well – known national employers and US Government agencies focused on the career employment of college graduates with disabilities. COSD is funded through a grant provided by the U. S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.
- CT Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) administers the Title I Vocational Rehabilitation and Title VI Supported Employment (SE) programs of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Vocational Rehabilitation Program under BRS assists individuals with significant physical and mental disabilities to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. Through the provision of individualized services, persons with disabilities who are eligible for vocational rehabilitation are supported in planning for and achieving their job goals. Individuals can also review policies and eligibility for Social Security and Medicaid benefits.
- Entry Point!
Entry Point!, a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offers outstanding summer internships and semester co-ops in major companies throughout the United States. Entry Point! Identifies students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities majoring in science, engineering, mathematics, and some business fields.
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Provides useful information on ADA requirements affecting employment.
- Equal Opportunity Publications
Provides a portfolio of seven different disability related career magazines, along with an online job board, diversity website, and Career Expos for women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities
GettingHired is a national employment and social networking portal that connects job seekers with disabilities with employers committed to hiring them. Many career-building tools are available including Career Compatibility Assessments, Cover Letter and Resume Building Tools, Video Interviewing Training, and more.
- Impact: Feature Issue on Employment and Women with Disabilities
The Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, has published “Impact: Feature Issue on Employment and Women with Disabilities,” a publication offering personal stories, strategies, research, and resources to enhance employment options for girls and women with disabilities.
- ITWD Recruitment – VAVAIR.pdf
Individuals with Disabilities Recruitment Team at the Naval Air Station utilizes special hiring authorities that open the doors to a federal career without having to compete through a job announcement.
- Job Accommodation Network
A free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and educating callers about self-employment options.
- National Business and Disability Council’s Resume Database
Individuals with disabilities who hold post-secondary degrees are invited to register their resumes with the NBDC. There is no charge to list your resume.
- National Center on Workforce and Disability
The NCWD provides training, technical assistance, policy analysis, and information to improve access for all in the workforce development system. Resources provided include information for career seekers on Social Security, gaps in work history, networking, planning tools, and more.
- The 411 on Disability Disclosure- A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities is designed for youth and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure. This workbook helps individuals make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives. Based on the premise that disclosure is a very personal decision, the Workbook helps individuals think about and practice disclosing their disability.
- The Work Site – Ticket to Work Program (Social Security Online)
Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid. Individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 through 64 probably already qualify for the program.
- Think Beyond the Label
Think Beyond the Label showcases companies’ investments in diversifying their workforce – and the success stories that come with that. The site also includes resources for job seekers and a job board.
- The Washington Center (TWC)
The Washington Center (TWC) is an educational non-profit organization that provides students with the opportunity to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. TWC is able to provide 50 competitive scholarship awards for $8,500 for students with disabilities that are interested in working in the executive, federal, or judicial branch of the federal government during fall or spring semesters (no summer scholarships)
- Youth, Disclosure, and the Workplace: Why, When, What, and How
This fact sheet provides guidance and explores issues related to disclosing one’s disability to an employer.