The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a free resource that connects private businesses and federal agencies nationwide with qualified job candidates for temporary or permanent positions in a variety of fields. Applicants are highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workforce.
Through the WRP, employers have:
- Access to candidates across the nation.
- Ability to source candidates who are veterans.
- Pre-screened job candidates.
- Flexibility in hiring for summer internships or permanent positions.
Employers can access WRP through two separate sites – federal employers may search for WRP candidates using www.WRP.gov, and private employers can use WRP.jobs to publicize job openings to more than 1,800 pre-screened college students and recent graduates with disabilities, including veterans, who are seeking internships and/or full-time employment. Only pre-screened WRP students have access to postings on WRP.jobs, which they can search and apply for online. Private employers can also work with EARN to be matched with candidates that meet their criteria and needs. For assistance with job matching, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employers can post jobs and internships to WRP.jobs in two ways, both of which are free:
- Register to post a job
- Sign up to have your organization’s jobs automatically indexed and included on WRP.jobs
WRP.jobs is a collaboration between EARN and DirectEmployers, a nonprofit consortium of employers. Read success stories and watch a video to see the WRP in action at private employers across the nation.
It is important to note that when considering WRP students for internships or permanent positions, employers should conduct the application and interview process according to their usual recruitment, hiring and onboarding procedures. DirectEmployers and EARN simply provide the opportunity to match qualified pre-screened candidates with disabilities to jobs in the private sector; there is no post-employment support provided to the employer or the employee.
The following resources can assist employers in preparing to use the WRP.