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Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

What is the WRP?

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program specifically designed for highly motivated college students and recent college graduates with disabilities to obtain summer internships/jobs or full-time employment with federal and private sector employers. It is co-sponsored the US Dept. of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and US Dept. of Defense’s Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity (ODEMO) and is offered at over 330 Colleges and Universities across the US.

Participating in the WRP may allow students with disabilities to explore careers in the federal service and gain interviewing experience. Government and private sector agencies can hire students through the WRP for jobs in a variety of fields, anything from business to science--students from all majors and backgrounds are welcome!

To learn more, please watch this informational video presentation

Eligibility

Applicants for the program must:

  • Have a disability (*and the condition must be on file with Student Accessibility Services)
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be enrolled on a full-time basis (unless the severity of the disability precludes the student from taking a substantially full-time load) OR have graduated within the past year
  • Full-time students can be at any academic level--undergraduate or graduate, first-year students through recent graduates.
How to Apply
  1. Interested candidates must first register online starting by clicking the Student Registration box on the right side of the page. The candidate will fill out basic information and then the coordinator will receive an email to either approve or reject the candidate. A candidate may be contacted by the campus coordinator to confirm eligibility. Once a candidate is approved, they will receive an email to complete the rest of the application.
  2. In order to be selected for an interview, candidates must submit the following documents online on the Manage Documents part of the online application by mid-October.
    • Resume (Required) - Resumes must be word documents. It is highly advised that candidates get their resumes reviewed by a career advisor at the Office of Career Development and Professional Engagement at the Cohen Career Center before submitting online.
    • College Transcript (Required) - Transcripts can be official or unofficial and word documents are highly encouraged. Unofficial transcripts can be obtained online through your banner account.
    • Schedule A Letter (Highly Suggested) - The schedule A letter is not required at application but employers may request the document prior to hire. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that candidates obtain this letter now because this may improve candidates chances of being hired quickly. Please see the sample Schedule A letter and the Schedule A checklist for guidance.
    • Additional Documents (Optional) - Candidates can upload additional supporting documents such as letters of recommendation, writing samples, etc.
Interviews

Candidates with strong applications will complete a 30-minute remote interview via telephone with a WRP recruiter.  In order to prepare for this interview, it is highly suggested that candidates make an appointment at the Office of Career Development and Professional Engagement at the Cohen Career Center for a mock interview. Contact career@wm.edu for more information.

Note: An interview does not guarantee any placement and definitely does not guarantee automatic placement. Student candidate information is not entered into the database until mid-December and most contacts will occur between March and June for the recruitment cycle. While agencies may contact students with job offers, students are encouraged to apply for jobs through the USA jobs site, and job openings are also visible on their site www.usa.gov.

Resources
WRP Student FAQs
WRP Parent FAQs
WRP William & Mary Checklist
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