Workforce Recruitment Program

U.S. Department of Labor

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 demonstrate their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.

Candidates apply to the WRP each fall through participating campuses managed by a School Coordinator and can receive elective informational interviews with federal employees who serve as volunteer recruiters. Candidates represent all majors, and range from college freshmen to graduate- and law school students. Information from candidates is compiled in a searchable database that is available through this website to employers.

WRP is recognized by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as a model strategy in its guidance to federal agencies regarding the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities. Since the program's expansion in 1995, thousands of students and recent graduates have received temporary and permanent employment opportunities through the WRP.

WRP is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense's Diversity Management Operations Center (DMOC).

To apply, you must:

  • have a disability AND
  • be a U.S. citizen AND
  • be enrolled to seek a degree at a U.S. Department of Education accredited institution of higher education on a substantially full-time basis (unless your disability precludes you from taking a substantially full-time load or it is your last term before graduating) OR
  • have graduated from such a school within the past two years (April 1, 2019, or later)

Things We Can Do

Strengthen Your Employment Connections

  • Increase job and internship prospects for students and recent graduates with disabilities! WRP applicant information is viewed by federal employers from all Cabinet-level Departments and many independent federal agencies nationwide.
  • Assist you in developing your resume-writing and interview skills. WRP applicants can engage in a remote informational interview and resume review with a federal recruiter.
  • Gain professional development through training and webinars with WRP staff. Expand your knowledge of Federal Government hiring so you can be educated about federal service.
  • Grow your relationship with your career, disability, and veterans services offices.

Office of Accessibility: Program Coordinator

Nathan Waters

Accommodation Specialist

(334) 844-2096

University Career Center Liaison

Tasheila Williams-Townsend

Last modified: April 26, 2021