The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) for College Students with Disabilities

Online registration for the annual Fall recruitment season generally opens each August. Additional information about the registration and application process will be posted here as it becomes available.

Please check back here and look for WRP posters around campus and other announcements this upcoming Summer.

What is the WRP?

The 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?

On an annual basis, WRP recruiters conduct interviews with applicants who wish to be entered into the WRP employment database during the Fall semester. After applicants are selected, the database is opened to all employers registered with WRP nationwide. Both federal employers and private companies hire candidates from the database throughout the following year 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 in a college degree program on a full-time basis (unless taking a reduced course load as a disability-related accommodation or in the last semester before graduation) OR have graduated within the past year.

*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 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. This may be completed by a licensed medical professional, licensed rehabilitation professional, or any agency that provides disability benefits. Although candidates do 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.

For additional questions, please contact the University of Minnesota WRP Campus Coordinators:

Joe Cook | 612-625-8678 | cook0332@umn.edu

Kris Langer | 612-626-4782 | krlanger@umn.edu

Disability Resource Center
McNamara Alumni Center

Suite 180

200 Oak Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

For additional information, visit wrp.gov