Career Development

DSS support extends beyond academics.  We also offer support for students seeking career development guidance.  Our office works collaboratively with the Center for Career Services to help you begin thinking about employment after, or even during, your time at GW.  

Our career support video, presented by the Shenkman Career Services Fund, provides an overview of our Career Development services.

Career development at Disability Support Services can offer you:

  1. help developing your professional goals and identities
  2. help creating a plan to pursue career goals and to transition into a career
  3. connections with key university resources
  4. key knowledge and skills for independence

To make an appointment, email Katie Howell.

We also recommend that you use the Center for Career Services' career preparation strategies to maximize the effectiveness of your job search.

Career Support Appointment Types

Please consult this list to determine which kind of appointment you would like to schedule.  When contacting Katherine to make your appointment, be sure to reference the appointment type in your communication with her.

  1. Introductory – 25 Minutes
    • discuss interests, classes, majors and goals
    • point to useful GW resources
    • create an action plan
  2. Goal Setting Meeting – 25 minutes, plus follow up
    • introductory meeting required first
    • discuss interests and values
    • discuss tools needed to achieve goals
    • discuss GW resources to achieve goals
  3. Vision Meeting – 50 minutes
    • introductory meeting and goal setting meeting required first
    • build on goal setting to create a short or long term vision
    • use “vision boarding” techniques to provide a creative element
  4. Research Meeting – 25 minutes
    • introductory meeting required first
    • how to get started in finding jobs and internships
    • what tools from the Career Center would be most useful
    • create an action plan
  5. Materials Creation – 50 minutes, plus expected follow up
    • introductory meeting required first
    • discuss the materials (resume, cover letter, writing samples, etc..)
    • focus on one of these items at a time
    • review of models of these items
    • brainstorm ideas
    • time to begin creating
    • action plan will include a follow up meeting to check progress and continue the process
  6. Application Guidance – 25 minutes
    • introductory meeting required first
    • student will bring an application for a job or internship they would like
    • we will go over requirements together
    • create an action plan to complete the application
  7. Application Material Review – 25 minutes
    • no previous meeting required
    • a quick “double check” of application materials to be sure they are all in place
  8. Interview Prep – 50 minutes
    • introductory meeting required first
    • develop answers or scripts to common questions
    • develop questions to ask interviewers
    • discuss appropriate materials to bring
    • discuss manners, dress, and follow-up
    • discuss disclosure and ADA

Career Development Meeting Preparation Guidelines

  • Understand what you’re looking for and what your role in the process is
  • Send all materials to Katie in advance electronically
  • Have any opportunities you wish to apply for available to discuss
  • Get ready to work independently and to take action
  • Career Development at DSS will not proofread, write, or complete application materials
  • Career Development at DSS will not conduct internship or job research on behalf of individual students

Finding a Job or Internship

George Washington's GWork portal offers students the opportunity to connect with employers and career services. (Please have your NetID and password available before accessing GWork.)

In addition, the following resources offer assistance with disability disclosure, mentoring, recruitment programs and other career assistance.

Applying for Federal Employment

Job Opportunities

Bender Consulting Services

is a recruitment, mentorship, and accessibility focused organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities find competitive careers. Bender Consulting offers training, virtual career fairs, and other services to further your career development.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)

COSD offers students access to the Career Gateway database system, which posts job advertisements from across the United States and allows students to upload their resumes.  The difference between this resource and something like LinkedIn is that COSD is disability-specific.

The Job Accommodation Network

provides both job-seekers with disabilities and employers with information on employment and accommodation, including guidance around legal issues and entrepreneurship.

The National Youth Transitions Center (NYTC)

is located on H St. NW across from GW Law School, and houses organizations such as the Autism Self Advocacy Network, BroadFutures, and the Veterans Campaign. All the organizations located in the collaborative center are dedicated to supporting youth with disabilities as they move into the workforce. 

SourceAmerica

offers support and accessibility solutions to multiple communities, including businesses, government agencies, non-profits, and people with disabilities. In particular, they offer guidance for people with disabilities seeking jobs and advocacy for inclusive legislation around employment policies. 

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

connects students with disabilities to federal and private employers. The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity provide a website for students of all years and majors to explore WRP options. 

Internship Opportunities

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Summer Internship Program

was established in 2002 with the goal creating leadership opportunities for students and recent graduates with disabilities. These opportunities take the form of internships in a variety of dynamic organizations in and around Washington, D.C. Interns have transportation, housing, and a stipend provided.

BroadFutures

works specifically with young people who have learning disability and/or ADHD diagnoses. By providing wrap-around training, including mentoring, and placing students in supported, paid internships, BroadFutures prepares people with disabilities for careers.

The Greater Washington Internship Coalition

provides a list of organizations that have a history of seeking out people with disabilities for internships.

LimeConnect 

began in 2006 as a way to connect corporations, such as IBM, Google, JP Morgan Chase, and others, with students with disabilities. LimeConnect offers students access to recruiters, internships, and networking through its programs. You can join The Lime Network to access all the available opportunities.

USAJobs Pathways Internship Program

is one of several unique hiring paths offered by the Federal government. Targeted toward students in a variety of education contexts, the internship program is a way to gain experience at a Federal agency.

The White House Internship Program

provides students with the opportunity for Executive Office experience, and prepares them for leadership in public service. 

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

connects students with disabilities to internship possibilities in Federal agencies. The programs uses a network of colleges and recruiters to hire Schedule A eligible students. 

 

 

Affiliated Staff

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Katherine Howell

Katie is the DSS Career Development Specialist. In this role, she works with students to help them develop their professional identities and forge their career paths.