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.  

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

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

Call us or visit our office to schedule a career support session.  Below are some common questions the Career Counselor hears and can meet with you on. This list is by no means exhaustive!

  1. What do I major in? What should I minor in?
  2. What job opportunities are there for people with my disability?
  3. Should I disclose my disability to employers?
  4. I don’t even know how to start a resume or cover letter.
  5. I’ve never had a job before so what do I put on a resume?
  6. I have a resume/cover letter but I don’t know if it’s right.
  7. I need an internship/job, help!
  8. How do I prepare for an interview?
  9. So how do I make a Handshake and/or LinkedIn account?
  10. How do I engage and network with alumni?

Career Development Meeting Preparation Guidelines

  • Understand what you’re looking for and what your role in the process is
  • Bring your current job materials to your session
  • 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

Sign Up for the Newsletter

Anna has created an email newsletter of relevant career information, events, unique opportunities for DSS students, and other various career news for you to consider.  She encourages you to join the newsletter!  To do so, you can sign up online.

The Center for Career Services also runs several newsletters.  Jobs and opportunities that arrive in your inbox?  What could be easier!

Finding a Job or Internship

GW Handshake offers students the opportunity to connect with employers and career services. (Please have your NetID and password available before accessing Handshake.)

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

Applying for Federal Employment

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

offers guidance for finding and applying for a job in the Federal Government.

Partnership for Public Service

assists with researching federal agencies and government careers, while also providing practical application tips.

The Recent Graduates Program (via OPM)

supports entry into civil service jobs for one year. Apply within two years of graduation or certificate completion.

Schedule A Hiring Opportunities (via USAJobs)

are provided under a hiring authority that creates a path for non-competitive application to Federal jobs for people with disabilities. 

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.


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.


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.


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

Anna Hartge Staff Headshot

Anna Hartge

Anna is a member of the Strategic Skills team, on which she works as a career counselor providing disability-specific job search and self-advocacy support.