Scholarships, Internships, and Job Opportunities

Programs and Events

Check back frequently for new events!

Margaret Price Talk March 5

4PM – 5:30PM, ROSENWALD 329

Margaret Price, Associate Professor and Director of Disability Studies Program in the English department at The Ohio State University, is author of Mad at School:  Rhetorics  of  Mental  Disability  and Academic Life (University of Michigan Press). Price is currently working on a mixed-methods investigation, the Disabled Faculty Study and a book titled Crip Spacetime, which proposes a new way of thinking about access in higher education.

4 – 5:30pm TALK, Rosenwald 329
Precarity in Disability Studies and Academic Life.
Disability studies (DS) has reached a point that Margaret Price calls a “crisis of precarity” – a state in which neoliberal logics of wealth, privilege, and power are replicated within DS, doing material violence to some members of the discipline, while the discipline itself continues to flourish. Price outlines the ways DS has reached this crisis of precarity, and in response, offers a different way of thinking about disability, one that shifts emphasis from the individual bodies of disabled people to the state of the field and the mechanisms of higher education itself. To illustrate this theory, she presents findings from the ongoing Disabled Faculty Study, which includes a survey and interviews with disabled faculty from across the U.S. and other countries.

Snacks and real time captioning provided.
Please email with requests for accommodations.

Sponsored by University of Chicago Student Disability Services, Disability Studies Study Group, Chicago Center for Teaching, a Provost’s Office Inclusive Pedagogy Grant, and UIC Disability Cultural Center.

Access STEM Chicago Mentorship Program (First Year College Students)

Access STEM Chicago is a free STEM mentorship program for disabled high school (junior/senior+) and college students (first year) in the Chicago area. Students will participate in monthly workshops focused on developing leadership and advocacy skills, exploring STEM concepts and careers, and creating work for the Access STEM Science Fair held in May. Workshops will be held on the second Monday of each month, 5-7PM at the UIC Disability, Health, and Social Policy (1640 W. Roosevelt Rd.). In addition to workshops, students will receive individual and group mentoring from disabled graduate students.

The theme for the 2019-20 program is Accessing Health and Social Sciences. Students who will benefit most from the program will have an existing interest in health or social sciences, including pre-med/clinical students, applied health and health research, public health, disability studies, psychology, biomedical engineering, and other interests that relate to health sciences in some way.

Registration for the 2019-20 Access STEM Chicago cohort is now open. Students and parents can register online at Please contact Helen Rottier at with any questions.

Internships, Career Recruiting, and Job Opportunities

Emerging Leaders Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities

National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center

  • Are you a college or graduate student with a disability?
  • Are you looking for a paid internship?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to jumpstart your career path?

If you’ve answered yes, the Emerging Leaders Program for College Students with Disabilities, offered through the National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center, may be your pathway to employment. This highly competitive program places undergraduate and graduate college students with disabilities in fulfilling internships nationwide that provide them with meaningful leadership development and networking opportunities.

To qualify to apply for the Emerging Leaders program, you must:

  • Self-identify as a person with a qualified disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • Maintain matriculated student status for the semester following your internship (graduating seniors immediately continuing on to graduate level study may apply); and
  • Have U.S. citizenship or be a documented alien legally authorized to work in the U.S.

Apply for the Emerging Leaders Program.

View network of corporate partners participating in the Emerging Leaders Internship Program.

For more information, contact Christina Eisenberg at or 516-465-1587.

Read about some of our Emerging Leaders experiences.

Lime Connect Foundations Program (March 15th Deadline)

Foundations Program for Young Professionals with Disabilities

Participate as an inaugural Foundations cohort member!

Applications are now open, and the deadline to apply is
Sunday, March 15th. 

The Lime Connect Foundations Program For Young Professionals with Disabilities is designed to engage young professionals in the Lime Network who are seeking to develop their skills and advance their careers.  This five month program will focus on helping participants:

  • become more self-aware and develop as professionals
  • analyze and develop their personal strengths and challenges
  • set and achieve professional goals
  • learn to network and nurture professional relationships 

Program Structure

The Foundations Program is a five-month engagement incorporating individual coaching sessions alongside group work. Each participant will be supported by Lime Connect’s Career Coach as well as a designated Career Advisor (application and information for Career Advisors can be found below).

Note: The inaugural cohort will run from April 2020 – August 2020

2020 Lime Connect Foundations Program Eligibility Requirements:

  • A current working professional in the United States or Canada   
  • Employed in a business setting
  • 2-5 years of experience in your career
  • A person with a (visible or invisible) disability.*

How to apply:

Log into, or join, The Lime Network 

Due Sunday, March 15th, 2020 (@ midnight PST/ 3am EST)

A person with a disability is defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term or recurring issue that impacts one or more activities that others may consider to be a daily function. This definition also includes the perception among others that a disability exists. We know that 90% of disabilities on campus (and 70% of disabilities among the general population) are invisible, and candidates with all disabilities are encouraged to join The Lime Network and take full advantage of the benefits it offers.

Disability:IN Inclusion Works Applications for Career Connections: West Coast (April 1 deadline)

Disability:IN Inclusion Works Companies are seeking early career and experienced candidates with disabilities in STEM, Finance, Business, Customer Service and Sales. Early career and experienced candidates are encouraged to participate.

West Coast:
Berkeley, CA
Tues., April 28, 2020
4:30 -7:30 PT
Hosted by: Bayer

Submit Interest Form by: April 1st, 2020

Companies participating in Disability:IN Inclusion Works are committed to finding, growing and keeping talented individuals with disabilities. As part of this effort, Disability:IN Inclusion Works will be hosting two Career Connection events.

The Career Connections events are professional networking receptions and provides an opportunity for experienced talent with disabilities to connect with Fortune/Global 500 corporations who have a demonstrated interest and understand the value of this diverse talent pool. With experienced candidates connecting directly with inclusive employers, there is an increased opportunity to receive an invitation to interview and join the employer’s talent pipeline.

The participating companies are specifically seeking talent who identify as living with a disability and interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Finance, Business, Customer Service and Sales. Here is a sample of jobs these companies are seeking candidates for:

  • Software Development Engineers
  • Software Development Managers
  • Technical Program Managers
  • Customer Service
  • Financial Analyst

Plus, many other positions!

For more information, please email: 

Submit Interest Form 

East Coast Events TBA

Qualcomm Summer 2020 Internships

Qualcomm in San Diego is reimplementing their Autism @ Work program for Summer 2020, and is looking for candidates! They hired 6 Interns last summer who all rolled over into Full time roles at Qualcomm, and they are looking to do something similar this year (As well as present capable talent to our Hiring managers outside the program). They are looking for mostly SW Engineering type folks eligible for internship or Full time! (Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering)

Students interested in “Opportunities for Internship or Full Time on San Diego” should email Matt Harris, the Hiring lead for People with Disabilities ( or apply at the links below:

IT Internship

Software Engineering Internship

Disability Inclusion at Microsoft (Hiring Event: October Deadlines)

Disability Inclusion at Microsoft

The Disability Inclusion at Microsoft program has inclusive hiring opportunities for candidates with disabilities in general with a hiring program for candidates with autism. “At Microsoft, we know that having a diverse workforce which includes people with disabilities is essential if we are going to deliver on our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. To help facilitate this, we conduct ability hiring events, inclusive Interviews, disability education and etiquette team training, and centralized accommodations.” Microsoft’s Autism Hiring Program has the goal of attracting talent and building an inclusive approach to support individuals on the autism spectrum that will contribute to the way they work as a company in building and servicing their products.

Ability Hiring Event:
Microsoft will be having their next University Ability Event October 2nd and 9th it will be focused on Software Engineer  and Technical Program Manager candidates. This is for Full-time and internship positions. Please apply by sending resumes to

Autism Hiring Cohort:
Microsoft will be having their next Autism Hiring event October 21st-24th focused on Software Engineer candidates. This is for Full-time positions. Please apply by sending resumes to

Not a Software Engineer or a University Student/Recent Grad? Please send your resume to be considered for other opportunities as a part of their Inclusive hiring program efforts.

Interviewing Tips
Looking for some tips on how to ace a technical interview? Below are some resources that may help candidates prepare for their technical interview.

  1. Many companies use an online technical screen to assess a candidates programming skills. Microsoft currently utilizes Codility and you can visit their website to practice questions. Their lessons section can be really helpful.
  2. Read up on basic Arrays, Integers, Hash tables and algorithm. Code complete can be a great resource
  3. Study and contribute to open source projects. Microsoft has plenty of open source projects where you can go through the code to understand it and potentially contribute.
  4. Think about a way you can work on programming an object oriented languages and lower level can be helpful, because you will have to consider memory management.
  5. Lastly visit Microsoft’s careers site that has some useful tips on interviewing.

Visit their inclusive hiring site, which continuously being updated.

Learn more about our 5 day Autism Hiring Program from Jen Guadagno, their Inclusive Sr. Inclusive Hiring PM.

Learn more about Autism Hiring program by downloading the One-Pager on Autism (PPT).

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership Early Deadline Sept 9th

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is proud to announce that applications are now open for their 2020 Leadership Institute!

Right now, tables of power and influence in the Chicago region are missing a critical voice. Despite making up more than 10% of the Chicago population, people with disabilities are underrepresented in the region’s nonprofit boards, task forces, public commissions, and more. The 2020 Leadership Institute envisions a more equitable, innovative Chicago region. 

Each summer, Advancing Leadership invites energetic, aspiring leaders with disabilities to grow their leadership skills, connect to civic opportunities, and get trained on disability identity and civic engagement. 

Together, Fellows learn about both disability rights and leadership to become more prepared for civic, professional, and public speaking opportunities. Fellows advance with a sense of empowerment that comes from gaining leadership skills and a network of influential leaders.

The early application deadline for the 2020 Leadership Institute is September 9th. Applications submitted by this date are guaranteed an interview. The final deadline to apply is October 9th.

RespectAbility Fall 2019 Fellows

RespectAbility Recruiting Fall 2019 Fellows

RespectAbility is looking for talented people with disabilities and their allies who have an interest in public service, running for office, advocating on Capitol Hill, working at a non-profit, or working in Hollywood or media.

Their National Leadership Program is an intensive Fall internship and training program that places people with disabilities and their allies on the fast track to careers in policy, communications or nonprofit management. Fellows work with mentors and professional staff, strengthening skills in advocacy and leadership as well as get hands-on training in public speaking, writing, social media and networking. The Fellowship enables our young leaders to gain critical skills to jumpstart their careers in public policy, media or advocacy. Alumni of the program have gone on to work at the White House, Congress, advocacy organizations, foundations, The World Bank and elsewhere.

Depending on the area of focus that they choose, National Leadership Fellows will have the chance to:
• Enable diverse people with disabilities to get the skills and jobs they need for a better future.
• Fight implicit bias and stigmas by promoting positive and accurate portrayals of people with disabilities in TV, films and the news media.
• Educate philanthropists and nonprofits about how they can include people with disabilities equally in their work.
• Reach out to candidates for Senate, Governor and the Presidency in a nonpartisan way that will encourage key conversations about issues that impact the 56 million people in America who live with a disability.
• Include people with disabilities in faith communities.

There are opportunities for both paid and unpaid Fellowships. Paid fellows make $15 an hour and we hire nine of them each year. Unpaid fellows receive a monthly transportation stipend of $300. Lunch is provided daily for all Fellows. In addition, all Fellows participate in special presentations by guest speakers, get personal coaching on their writing and resumes, meet with elected officials and participate in strategic communications workshops.

Applicants must fill out the linked Google Doc Form and send their resume and cover letter to Ben Spangenberg, our National Leadership Program Director, at

disABLEDperson, Inc.

disABLEDperson, Inc., is a 501(c)3 public charity with a mission to reduce the unemployment rate of people with disabilities. They have a national job board for people with disabilities and hold two national scholarship competitions annually for college students with disabilities and through Microsoft Imagine Academy. (See the Scholarship section for more information about their current scholarship competition.)

Theirwebsite receives thousands of new jobs daily from proactive employers looking to hire from our community from across the U.S. With their longevity and authoritative content, their site has become the Premier National Job Board for PWDs. They are partnered with many federal and state agencies as well as private organizations.

Emerging Leaders Internship Program with the National Business & Disability Council

Coordinated by the National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center, the Emerging Leaders Internship Program is a highly competitive program that places top undergraduate and graduate college students with disabilities in fulfilling internships nationwide that provide them with meaningful leadership development and networking opportunities.

To apply for the Emerging Leaders program, you must:

  • Self-identify as a person with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Have completed a minimum of sixty college/university-level credits
  • Maintain at least a 2.8 GPA
  • Maintain matriculated student status for the semester following your internship (graduating
    seniors immediately continuing on to graduate level study may apply)
  • Have U.S. citizenship or be a documented alien legally authorized to work in the U.S.

For more information on the application process or to complete an online application form, click here.


Empoly is a new resource for students and graduates with disabilities who are looking for a job. After you have applied to one of their partner organizations, Empoly will highlight your application for the hiring team.

Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU)

The objective of the DREU program is to increase the number of people from underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, or persons with disabilities, who are enrolled in graduate studies in the fields of computer science and computer engineering.

DREU is a highly selective program that matches students with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty mentor’s home institution.

DREU interns have the opportunity to be directly involved in a research project and interact with graduate students and professors on a daily basis. This experience is invaluable for those who are considering graduate school; DREU will provide a close-up view of what graduate school is really like and increase interns’ competitiveness as an applicant for graduate admissions and fellowships.

For more information, please see the DREU website.


AccessComputing, a National Science Foundation funded project, aims to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing careers. AccessComputing has funding for undergraduate students with disabilities to participate in summer research internships. 

Scholarships and Financial Resources

Elastic Band Co. Scholarship

Elastic Band Co. is committed to furthering the preparation of minority students and students with disabilities in the field of fashion and/or entrepreneurship. The maximum amount of the award will be $1,000.


  • Applicant must be a United States citizen or legal resident living in the United States.
  • Applicant must have been accepted to and a student in a two-year associate’s OR four-year bachelor’s degree program in an accredited United States college or university in fall 2018.
  • Applicant must be a member of a minority group that is underrepresented in the fields of fashion and/or entrepreneurship (i.e., African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander) OR have a documented disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Applicant must plan to pursue careers in fashion and/or entrepreneurship.

Application Requirements

  • Applicant must provide a personal statement (maximum five hundred words), including personal history, educational/career goals, and extra-curricular activities. The statement should describe the impact of being a minority student OR student with disability on commitment to the field of fashion and/or entrepreneurship.
  • Applicant must provide two letters of recommendation (one must be from a teacher or academic adviser). Letters may be sent by postal mail or by email attachment, and the name of the student should appear in the subject line of the email.

Scholarship deadline is May 31, 2019.

If you have further questions, please contact us at

College Funding for Students with Disabilities

For a list of potential financial resources, please see DO-IT’s website.

UniversityHQ: Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

University Headquarters (UniversityHQ) is a resource for finding top rated colleges, scholarships, potential salaries and helping you find the right career. Their resources include collecting a list of scholarships for students with disabilities.

HEATH Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center Financial Information

The HEATH Resource Center is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. This resource guide explains financial aid as well as highlights various scholarship resources for youth with disabilities listed in the back of the publication: 2015-2016 Planning Ahead: Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities.

Group of AAPD interns standing or sitting in wheelchairs with the Capitol Building in the background

AAPD Interns on Capitol Hill