UConn Center for Career Development
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!
Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)
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 WRP is not currently accepting applications. Student registration for fall 2019 will begin between 8/26/19. Check back for more information once available.
For more information, please see the UConn Workforce Recruitment Day Information.pdf, or contact Monique Cooper, Career Consultant, at Monique.Cooper@uconn.edu or 860-486-3013 or Katie Halbruner, Disability Service Professional, at Katie.Halbruner@uconn.edu or 860-486-2020.
Disability Career Resources
The websites listed below are for informational purposes only. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the CSD:
- Access College: The Employment Office
As part of the Washington DO-IT initiative, The Employment Office provides information, resources, and shares promising practices for increasing access to careers for individuals with disabilities.
- AFB Career Connect
The American Federation for the Blind (AFB) provides a free resource to job seekers who are blind or visually impaired to learn about the range and diversity of jobs available. Career Connect also includes resources for employment information, career exploration tools, and job seeking guidance from other individuals with visual disabilities and the professionals that hired them.
- 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, 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.
- Our Ability Connect is an individual digital profile service for people with disabilities through COSD, aimed to promote employment through mentor networks, social engagement, and empowerment. Our Ability Connect gives employers the ability to reach out to people with disabilities by searching, connecting directly with people in the system, and posting employment opportunities.
- 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.
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. Their website 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.
- Gov: Disability Concerns
A U.S. Department of Labor web resource for individuals with disabilities to understand discrimination in the workplace, learn how to file a complaint, and additional resources regarding workplace rights and responsibilities.
- 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.
- 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 Center on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)
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.
- Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
ODEP’s “Youth, Disclosure, and the Workplace: Why, When, What, and How” fact sheet provides guidance and explores issues related to disclosing one’s disability to an employer.
- Bender Virtual Career Fair- November 14, 2018. The Bender Virtual Career Fair provides an opportunity for employers and job seekers with disabilities to connect online and network from the convenience of their homes or offices.
Internship & Employment Opportunities
- Entry Point!
Entry Point! is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that offers 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.
- National Leadership Program
Now hiring for fall 2018! The National Leadership Program is for young leaders who are committed to disability issues and plan to go into careers in public policy, advocacy, communications, fundraising, nonprofit management or faith-based inclusion. The Fellowship is for college and graduate students, as well as recent graduates. The National Leadership Program has three cohorts of Fellows – fall, spring and summer – for at least 24 Fellows. They now are accepting applications for fall 2018, which allows for flexible dates between August and December 2018 for a minimum of 9 weeks. Applications for fall 2018 are due August 1, 2018.
- ITWD Recruitment – VAVAIR.pdf.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.
- The Washington Center (TWC)
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).
- AAPD Internship Programs
Since 2002, the AAPD Summer Internship Program has developed the next generation of leaders with disabilities and offered host employers access to a talented, diverse workforce. Each summer, AAPD places college students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in summer internships with Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profits, and for-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area. Each intern is matched with a mentor who will assist them with their career goals. The 2019 AAPD Summer Internship Program application is due November 5, 2018 and the 2019 AAPD Federal IT Summer Internship Program application is due December 5, 2018.
- 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.
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.
- National Business and Disability Council’s Resume Database
The National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center offers job seekers with disabilities the opportunity to search our database for current job postings.
- 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.