The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities

Online registration is open from August 28, 2017 - October 17, 2017

wrp.gov/registerstudent

What is the Workforce Recruitment Program?

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) connects public and private employers with highly motivated undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.  The WRP provides individuals opportunities to market their abilities to a wide variety of potential employers across the United States, sharpen their interviewing skills, gain valuable work experience and establish job contacts.  The WRP is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity (ODMEO) with support from other federal agencies.

How does the program work?

October 30 - November 20, 2017, WRP Recruiters will be conducting phone interviews with applicants who wish to be entered into the WRP employment database.  The database will include contact information, degree, major, GPA, job location preference, interview notes, resume, transcripts, and potential accommodation needs for students who receive an acceptable evaluation during the interview process.

In December of 2017, the database will be opened to all employers registered with WRP nationwide.  Both federal employers and private companies hire candidates from the database throughout the following calendar year (generally January - July, 2017) for summer/temporary or permanent positions across the United States and abroad.

Who is eligible?

Applicants for the WRP must:

  • Have a disability that allows for Schedule A* eligibility
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be enrolled on a full-time basis (unless taking a reduced course load through the Disability Resource Center or in the last semester before graduation)
    OR
    Be a recent graduate (in order to be eligible for the WRP this year, students  must have graduated in April 2016 or after).

*To be Schedule A eligible, you will need to meet any one of the following criteria:

  • Registered with and/or receive accommodations through the Disability Resource Center.
  • Received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
  • Diagnosed with a medical condition that is treated by a mental health professional such as a learning disability, attention deficit disorder, anxiety disorder, etc.
  • Identified as needing services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • Received services in elementary or high school through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plan.
  • Received vocational rehabilitation services.
  • Covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and/or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended definitions of an individual with a disability.

To be eligible for appointment via Schedule A, candidates must be able to provide supporting documentation, referred to as a Schedule A Letter.  Unfortunately, Disability Resource Center staff cannot complete Schedule A Letters. The letter may be completed by a licensed medical professional, licensed vocational rehabilitation counselor, or any agency that provides disability benefits. Unfortunately, Disability Resource Center staff cannot complete Schedule A Letters. Although candidates may not need to provide a Schedule A letter until later in the hiring process, having it upfront will improve the chances of being hired quickly.  Contact a Campus Coordinator for a sample Schedule A Letter or for more information about guidelines.

What is the application process?

  1. Online registration is open from August 28, 2017 - October 17, 2017.  Candidates must register through the WRP Student Self-Registration page at wrp.gov/registerstudent.  All registrations must be approved by a Campus Coordinator before candidates can complete their applications.  Candidates may be contacted by a Campus Coordinator to confirm their eligibility.  Once a candidate’s registration is approved, they will receive an email with a username and temporary password and may begin the application process.
  2. Candidates can log into the Online Application Page at www.wrp.gov using their username and temporary password.  Items to be obtained and/or completed by the candidate and submitted online prior to the interview include:
    1. (Required) Resume - Word documents are required
    2. (Required) College Transcript(s) - Official or unofficial transcripts or copies of transcripts are acceptable.  Word or other text documents are strongly encouraged
    3. (Optional) Any additional supporting documents, such as letters of recommendation, writing samples, Schedule A Letter, etc.

      All documents must be uploaded to the Manage Documents Page of the online application in order for a candidate’s application to be complete. 
       

  3. After registration has been approved and all application materials have been uploaded, the Campus Coordinators will contact candidates to schedule their phone interviews with a WRP Recruiter.  Interviews will take place October 30 - November 20, 2017.

For more information, please contact the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities WRP Campus Coordinators:

Dann Trainer | 612-964-1444 | train042@umn.edu
Joe Cook | 612-625-8678 | cook0332@umn.edu

Disability Resource Center

McNamara Alumni Center
Suite 180
200 Oak Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

WRP Success Stories

“The interview process was unlike anything I had encountered before; people were proactively contacting me as early as December, saying they had seen my information in the database and wanted to be able to staff their positions with skilled, passionate people.”

-Brandon, Carlson School of Management, Class of 2015