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About Us

To learn more about WRP, read the 'About Us' section.

To learn more about signing up as a user of the WRP system, then read the 'New User?', 'Employers', 'Schools', and 'Students' sections.

To contact us, refer to the 'Contact Us' section.

About Us

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. 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) manage the program, which continues to be successful with the participation of many other federal agencies and sub-agencies. Since the program's expansion in 1995, over 6,000 students and recent graduates have received temporary and permanent employment opportunities through the WRP.

In the fall of 2011, 100 recruiters from over 40 federal agencies and sub-agencies visited over 270 college and university campuses nationwide, resulting in a database containing application information on more than 2,200 candidates with disabilities. The candidates represent all majors, and range from college freshmen to graduate students and law students. This database is currently available for use by federal employers. During the summer of 2011 over 580 candidates were reported as being hired, the majority in summer jobs, in 40 different agencies and sub-agencies.

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) manage the program, which continues to be successful with the participation of many other federal agencies and sub-agencies. Since the program's expansion in 1995, over 6,000 students and recent graduates have received temporary and permanent employment opportunities through the WRP.

New User?

The WRP system supports several different types of users. To learn how you can gain access to the WRP system, click on the link that best describes you or your organization:

Employers

Employers in the federal government can request a password to gain access to the WRP database. If you are an employer in the private sector, you can take advantage of the WRP through Resource for Private Sector Employers called www.WRP.jobs.

Schools

The WRP is run on an annual basis and requires applicants to have an interview with federal recruiters to discuss their skills, and potential career path. The majority of the interviews are conducted by telephone, though accommodations are available for students that cannot participate by telephone due to a disability. The interviews take place during the fall of each year. To be eligible for the WRP, candidates must be U.S. citizens, who are eligible for the Schedule A Hiring Authority that are current, full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a disability, or have graduated within one year of the release of the database each December. For the 2016 WRP release, interviews will be held in the fall of 2015. A candidate who graduated in April, 2014 or later would still be eligible to participate.

Schools that would like to participate in the WRP must be accredited by one of the accrediting agencies recognized by the US Department of Education, and must provide a one-day schedule of at least eight eligible candidates for our recruiter to interview. We do not work directly with individual candidates, but rather work through points of contact at the schools. If your school is interested in participating in the WRP please send an email with your contact information to the WRP Coordinator at wrp@dol.gov. Information is sent out each year in the spring to register for our recruitment schedule for the following fall.

Recruiters

Would you like to get an early look at the candidates and help make the WRP database happen? Help us find recruiters or consider serving as a recruiter. Each year, WRP relies on 100 + volunteer recruiters to conduct phone interviews with candidates and complete candidate profiles. Volunteer recruiters often say that interviewing WRP candidates and working with school representatives is an extremely fulfilling experience. The benefits of recruiting include:

  • The ability to directly impact employment for people with disabilities in a hands on way
  • The chance to establish a close recruiting relationship with your desired schools
  • Experience interviewing candidates and discussing accommodations

For more information on becoming a recruiter contact us directly at wrp@dol.gov

Students

To be eligible for the WRP, candidates must be current, full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a disability, or have graduated within one year of the release of the database each December. For the 2016 WRP release, interviews will be held in the fall of 2015. A candidate who graduated in April, 2014 or later would still be eligible to participate. Candidates must be U.S. citizens. If you are an eligible candidate, share this information with your school's disability services or career services coordinator, and ask him or her to contact the WRP Coordinator at wrp@dol.gov. Please understand that we work directly with college coordinators, and cannot respond to inquiries from individuals.

Resources

Please click here to view available resources regarding employment of people with disabilities. Check back on a regular basis for additional links and resources.

Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP):

Office of Disability Employment Policy has a significant amount of resources, policies and tools to support employers and individuals they work to create a more inclusive workplace. Visit them directly at http://www.dol.gov/odep/

For more information from ODEP on WRP visit: www.dol.gov/odep/wrp

Department of Defense's Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (ODMEO)

The Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (ODMEO) is an organization aligned under the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) that develops and executes diversity management and equal opportunity policies and programs affecting active duty and reserve component military personnel, and DOD civilian employees. Learn more about ODMEO http://diversity.defense.gov/Home.aspx

Contact Us

You can contact us at wrp@dol.gov.

  • Office of Disability Employment Policy
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Defense

Cosponsored by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense.