Internships and Career Opportunities
Below is information on internship and job opportunities and related resources.
The AAAS Entry Point! Internship Program
Entry Point! is the signature program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)'s Project on Science, Technology and Disability.
Here is what Entry Point! could offer:
- A 10-12 week, paid, summer internship experience for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities, majoring in STEM fields.
- An opportunity to showcase skills and contribute to a research team.
- An AAAS-Employer partnership.
- A skills development and career mentoring program. A portal into a science or engineering career.
- 3.0 or better cumulative GPA
- Majoring in Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Life Sciences (and some opportunities for Business majors)
- A documented disability
- A desire to pursue a STEM career
For more detailed information about the program and its requirements, please visit the Entry Point! website.
See what a student has to say about her experience with Entry Point! (video also embedded below).
Workforce Recruitment Program
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment program for students and recent graduates with disabilities for employment with the federal government. Opportunities are available for summer internships and full-time employment positions.
New York Business Leadership Network and Our Ability Internships
Our Ability Connect has many businesses across New York State interested in employing people with disabilities in internships and entry-level positions, including: J.P. Morgan Chase, BMO, Barclays, AYCO – a Goldman Sachs Co., G&K Services, Turner Construction, National Grid, Thomson Reuters, SEFCU, Realty USA, Price Chopper, Southern Tier Brewing Co., HMS Host, MassMutual, SRI Fire Sprinkler, SUNY, Eli Lilly, Lawson Automotive, Camelot Printing and Merck.
Our Ability is creating a coalition of students/graduates with disabilities interested in beginning their career. Please visit the portal Our Ability Connect to register and email Our Ability to start accessing these opportunities!
Disability:IN NextGen Leaders
The NextGen Initiatives empower college students and recent grads with disabilities, including veterans, to be successful in the workplace.
Disability:IN NextGen Leaders have the opportunity to connect with leading brands across all industries. Students are matched one-on-one with mentors from Disability:IN Corporate Partners and experience an all-expense paid trip to the Disability:IN Annual Conference where NextGen Leaders network and interview with companies like Boeing, Facebook, JPMorgan Chase, and Microsoft.
NextGen Leader commitment:
- Meet virtually twice a month for six months with a corporate mentor
- Participate in monthly professional development webinars
- Attend the Disability:IN Conference during the summer. If accepted to the program, all travel costs will be covered.
Any undergraduate student, law student, graduate student, or recent graduate from a US college or university who self-identifies as an individual with any type of disability is invited to apply to be a NextGen Leader.
GettingHired partners with colleges and universities nationwide, to provide accessible employment resources for all students and graduates with disabilities, and connect them with hiring employers for internship and full-time positions. GettingHired can connect you with inclusive employers who are:
- hiring for positions across all industries and locations
- looking for interns
- committed to creating a diverse workforce and hiring individuals with disabilities
- trained on disability etiquette, education, and accommodation requests
Create a free account today through gettinghired.com for the ability to search and apply for an unlimited number of jobs.
Are you a computing student with a disability? Looking for an internship? Want to connect with peers and mentors with disabilities? AccessComputing can help you do that.
AccessComputing, a National Science Foundation funded project, provides mentoring and funding for career development activities for students with disabilities computing-related fields. This includes:
- Mentoring: Through our online community, students and mentors discuss a variety of topics. It is a place to connect with others to share your successes, ask for suggestions regarding any issues that may arise for you related to your disability, education or employment, and to support other team members when they need help brainstorming solutions.
- Resume Database: AccessComputing students can add their information to a resume database utilized by our industry partners to recruit interns and employees with disabilities. Industry partners include Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Salesforce.
- Tutors: Struggling with a computing course? Please contact me about tutor support. Each term, AccessComputing can fund a limited number of tutors for project participants.
- Conferences: Interested in attending a conference related to computing, diversity, or professional development? AccessComputing may be able to provide funding for travel, registration, or accessibility-related costs.
- Internships: The AccessComputing project helps students find internships that relate to computing. Together with AccessComputing staff, students make contacts with faculty members and companies in their area to inquire about internship opportunities. If opportunities are unpaid the student can request wages from the AccessComputing project.
There is no deadline to apply. More information on the AccessComputing website.
Cornell Career Opportunities
Interested in learning more about pursuing career opportunities at Cornell University? The Workforce Recruitment and Retention Center can assist you with this. Learn about:
- Our award winning workplace.
- The types of employment opportunities available and the general skill sets required.
- How to navigate our online application process.
- Tips on getting noticed.
- Resources available to assist you in your employment search.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information about employment sessions and/or to register for a one-on-one informational session with a recruiting staff member.
Note: The Recruitment and Employment Center does not provide job search assistance (resume critique, practice interviews, etc.). For these services please work with Cornell Career Services and the career offices of your undergraduate colleges or professional schools.
Other Employment Resources for Students with Disabilities
Career websites to post resumes and search for open positions:
- Careers & Community for People with Disabilities
- Career Opportunities For Students with Disabilities (COSD)
- The National Business & Disability Council's National Resume Database
Developed with the goal of bringing together top talent with disabilities and America's top employers in both the private and public sector. This service is provided free of charge to job seekers with disabilities and is open to applicants who have earned or are expected to earn a two or four year degree within the next six months or have completed equivalent technical training.
- Disability Disclosure and Interviewing Techniques For Persons with Disabilities from the Job Accommodation Network
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Fact Sheet for Job Applicants and the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Practical Guide to Negotiating and Requesting Accommodations under the ADA
- Video: The Job Search and Disclosing Your Disability
- Autism @ Work Playbook