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

A recruitment and referral program that connects public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities and accommodations who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through paid summer or permanent jobs.

The WRP provides students with disabilities and accommodations in all fields of study the opportunity to market their abilities to a wide variety of potential employers across the United States, sharpen their interviewing skills during a required one-on-one meeting with a WRP recruiter, and gain valuable skills, experience, and contacts on the job.

Applicants for the program must:

  • have a disability AND

  • be a U.S. citizen AND

  • be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education on a substantially full-time basis (unless the severity of the disability precludes the student from taking a substantially full-time load) to seek a degree OR

  • be enrolled in such an institution as a degree-seeking student taking less than a substantially full-time load in the enrollment period immediately prior to graduation OR

  • have graduated from such an institution after April 2017. 

The WRP is run on an annual basis and requires student applicants to have a remote interview with one of our recruiters.  The interviews take place during the fall semester of each year.

 WRP Programming and Deadlines:

For resources and frequently asked questions click HERE

The WRP is coordinated at UMD by Nancy Forsythe, MA, EdS., Campus Coordinator UMD,, 301-314-1370

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.