The Career Center and Disability Resources work together to provide assistance and resources to students with disabilities in their career planning and employment search.
Inclusive Environment and Appropriate Accommodations
Our staff members collaborate with students, faculty, and staff to promote an inclusive environment at Texas A&M University. We facilitate appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities to ensure their equal access to opportunities.
Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
We offer a range of opportunities for students with disabilities, including internships, fellowships, and federal employment, among others. Our goal is to connect students with meaningful experiences and provide them with the skills and knowledge necessary for their future careers.
Specialized Recruitment Programs
We coordinate recruitment for specialized programs like Entry Point and the Workforce Recruitment Program. These programs connect students with disabilities with federal and private sector employers for summer or permanent jobs.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
offers internship opportunities for students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business. Recruitment for TAMU students with disabilities is coordinated by Disability Resources
Workforce Recruitment Program:
Coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
and the U.S. Department of Defense, the WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers with highly motivated postsecondary students with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. Recruitment for TAMU students with disabilities is coordinated by Disability Resources
Job Search Tools Focused on Individuals with Disabilities
Here are some resources and job search tools specifically focused on individuals with disabilities to help them find employment opportunities:
- Bender Consulting Services, Inc.: A technology-based consulting firm that creates employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in various competitive employment areas, including information technology, engineering, finance/accounting, and more. Bender has a partnership with the Office of Personnel Management for individuals eligible for Schedule A Hiring (Federal Government Agencies).
- Getting Hired: A national employment portal that is fully accessible, connecting job seekers with employers. Offers monthly educational webinars, virtual career fairs, and an e-newsletter for job seekers.
- Our Ability: A digital profile service created to promote future employment for people with disabilities through work-to-hire programs, helping to recruit future employees and implementing inclusion education for existing employees.
- USAJobs: Individuals with Disabilities: A database of job listings for the federal government that includes specific information for individuals with disabilities seeking employment with the federal government.
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN): A resource that helps people with disabilities enhance their employability and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.
- How-to Guide on Job Searching with a Disability: An article published by U.S. News and World Report in the spring of 2013 that offers a number of great tips for people with disabilities seeking employment, including applying, interviewing, and being prepared about employment civil rights and job accommodation.
- AccessCollege: The Employment Office: A resource that provides information and resources and shares promising practices for the purpose of increasing access to careers for individuals with disabilities.
Career Advising for Students with Disabilities
Most general questions about career advising can be handled by any of the Career Center Advisors. However, students with disabilities are encouraged to set up an appointment specifically with Whitney Hinze
or Tracey Forman
for specialized career advising related to their specific disability or a specialized recruitment program for people with disabilities. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring that all students have access to the resources and support.
Review the fact sheet about the new rules for Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. These new rules strengthen the enforcement of ADA.