Career Opportunities

AAPD 2024 Fall Internship Program

The American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD) is pleased to share that the 2024 Fall Internship Program application is now open. AAPD is a national cross-disability civil rights organization that aims to increase the political and economic power of 60+ million people with disabilities. We know that young people with disabilities often face barriers accessing meaningful employment opportunities. Since 2002, AAPD established the Summer Internship Program to provide students and recent graduates with disabilities meaningful employment opportunities, a supportive cohort, and leadership development.

The Fall Internship Program places college students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in a 14-week, fully remote, and paid internships with Congressional offices, federal agencies, nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

For 2024, the AAPD Fall Internship Program will be a 14-week program, with interns remotely from across the country. In addition to their internship, interns also receive individual mentorship, participate in bi-weekly classes in the Disability Advocacy Certificate Program, and have opportunities to connect with the broader disability community through networking and community events.

We are linking a Communications Toolkit that includes email templates, social media messaging, and a graphic that may be helpful to you in spreading the word. If you have any questions, please reach out to Katie Johnson, Program Manager at

University Council for Neurodiversity Employment

Thursday, Feb 8th @ 12pm EST
University Council Meeting
UC School Panel and Group Discussion

  • Requesting Interview Accomodations - how and if to request them
  • Checking "yes" to the Disability box on the application - Pros and cons of sharing a learning difference

Suggested Audience - University Council Professionals
Register Here


Thursday, Feb 15th @ 12pm EST
Interactive Workshop for ND students and recent alumni
Topic: How is my neurodiversity relevant to getting (and keeping) a job?
*Invite ND students on your campus! This workshop is an opportunity for them to meet and learn alongside ND students from other schools also seeking employment-related guidance.
Suggested Audience - ND Students and Alumni
Register Here


Thursday, April 4th @ 12pm EST
University Council and ND Student Meeting
Topic: How students can create a skills and talents portfolio for a job search
Campus professionals and ND students across campuses will learn alongside each other how to best present their skills and talents for interviews and applications, especially in the context of a strengths-based definition of neurodiversity.
Suggested Audience - University Council Professionals and ND Students/Alumni
Register Here

Neuro-Inclusive Candidate Network

Click HERE to join the Neuro-Inclusive Candidate Network!

What does "neurodiversity" mean, actually?

Neurodiversity commonly refers to (but is not limited to) autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, dyslexia, dysgraphia, OCD, dyscalculia, and Tourette's. Neurodivergent (ND) minds perceive, communicate, and behave differently than so-called "neurotypical" brains.

How is my neurodiversity related to my employment

Neurodivergent people bring unique ways of thinking to the world. Companies actively seek those different perspectives in employees, and are focused on creating more neurodiverse workplaces that are supportive of your differences!

What is the Neuro-Inclusive Candidate Network (NCN)?

The NCN connects ND students and recent alumni with employers who understand and value their differences. The NCN is an initiative of the University Council for Neurodiversity Employment - a coalition of over 60 schools led by UConn.

How does the NCN work?

  1. Click this link to join
  2. Complete your Candidate Profile
  3. Receive neurodiversity-related employment opportunities and information
  4. Get access to the NCN career resources website

How do I know if the NCN is right for me?

The NCN is right for you if you are a current or recent college-level student ( who identifies as neurodiverse and would like to join a community of peers who get connected to neurodiversity-related employment opportunities.

Neurodiversity Hiring Pilot Program (Mentra)

UConn and CSD recognize the importance of supporting neurodivergent students’ unique needs in their pursuit of internships and post-graduation employment.

We are excited to share a Neurodiversity Employment Pilot Program using a tool called Mentra which you can now use to match with job and internship opportunities at companies that seek and value your neurodiversity!

How does Mentra help you?

  • Mentra’s platform helps you develop a holistic profile of yourself that supplements your resume and better captures your strengths and accommodations needs
  • Mentra automatically matches you with employers educated in neurodiversity inclusion for positions that align with your profile, and sends them your information
  • You can also independently express interest in any roles posted on the platform
  • Mentra provides guidance and mentorship to candidates to ensure job readiness

Please register in TWO places:

  1. The link to register with UConn’s Center for Neurodiversity and Employment Innovation is here.  By registering, you will receive information about this pilot and other neurodiversity employment opportunities.
  2. The link for participating in the pilot program is here.