Career Development

DSS support extends beyond academics.  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

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

"recruits and hires people with disabilities for competitive career opportunities in the public and private sectors."  Bender Consulting has also formed a partnership with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to "recruit, screen and direct" candidates with disabilities for positions in the federal government.

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

is “the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.”

The National Youth Transitions Center (NYTC)

"is a powerful community of more than 45 organizations that share a common mission: to empower youth and young people with disabilities as they enter adulthood and the world of work."  The NYTC also houses the National Veterans Center, which "brings together nonprofit organizations that assist veterans with disabilities needing to transition into higher education or the civilian workforce."

SourceAmerica

a national non-profit, is the leading source of job opportunities for people with disabilities.  SourceAmerica "connects nonprofit agencies that train and employ people with disabilities to Federal and commercial contractors." In addition, SourceAmerica works to provide links between Federal contractors and nonprofit agencies that provide employment and training opportunities for United States Veterans.

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

which is currently housed in the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, is "a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private 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." 

Internship Opportunities

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

places students and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in paid 10-week summer internships in Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations.  AAPD provides accessible housing, a living stipend, and travel to and from Washington, DC for all summer interns.

Broad Futures

"provides holistic training, mentoring and meaningful transitional work experiences for young adults with learning disabilities to empower their potential for positive and successful futures."

The Greater Washington Internship Coalition

is a "one-stop opportunity for college students with disabilities and emerging professionals with disabilities to seek and receive information on unique internship programs."

LimeConnect 

is “a global not for profit organization that's rebranding disability through achievement.  We do that by attracting, preparing, and connecting high potential university students and alumni who happen to have disabilities for scholarhips, internships, The Lime Connect Fellowship Program, and full time careers with our corporate partners - the world's leading corporations.”

USAJobs Pathways Internship Program

"offers federal internship and employment opportunities for current students, recent graduates and those with an advanced degree."

The White House Internship Program

"provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today's young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities." 

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

which is currently housed in the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, is "a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private 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." 

 

 

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.