The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

Hosted by the Disability-Careers Office (DCO)

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a nationwide program designed to provide employment opportunities in the federal and private sectors for qualified college students with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense coordinate the program. A wide variety of other agencies also participate in the consortium.

How does it work?

A WRP recruiter will be on campus on October 18 and 19, 2012 to interview students who are interested in either summer internship opportunities and/or full-time permanent positions in the federal and private sectors. Participating students will not be interviewing for a specific summer and/or full-time positions. Instead, during the interview, the student will provide the WRP recruiter with information as to what area of the federal and private sector they are interested in. After the interview, the WRP recruiter will prepare interview summaries and enter information about the students into a recruitment database. Then, in December 2012, application packages and interview evaluation forms generated by the database are made available to potential employers in the federal and private sectors.

The Disability-Careers Office has proven to be successful for many of our past participating students. One student served in a two year post graduate Paralegal program for the IRS, while another student served in a summer internship with the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. This is what she had to say regarding her experience:

“After interviewing with the WRP in February, the Foreign Agriculture Service United States Department of Agriculture contacted me and offered me the experience of a lifetime. After speaking with Human Resources, the advantages of having an internship at USDA/FAS were too unbelievable. This included an amazing learning experience located in Washington, D.C. working with the Office of Capacity Building and Development in Monitoring and Evaluation, paid summer housing in Silver Spring, Maryland, a generous salary, and paid transportation via Metro to and from work. At first, I thought, I would be stamping meat, inspecting produce and getting coffee. However, this was not the case. Instead, this internship can only be described as “unforgettable.” During the internship, my day consisted of attending management meetings involving Foreign Policy, assembling, analyzing, and interpreting data for reports used by Attachés, and drafting reports, proposals, and plans related to projects in targeted countries. Also, I learned how to compose Briefing Documents and created documents for upper-level management as well as a vast amount of knowledge including International Business application, geography, trade issues, and policy. I frequently attended various events on Capitol Hill involving Bi-partisan speeches, Farm Bill Briefings, and much more. This experience not only allowed me to learn so much about my major in Marketing with collateral in International Business but it also taught me so much about worldwide issues.”

What are the dates of WRP?

The dates of WRP is set for Monday October 18 and 19, 2012. A recruiter will be on campus conducting interviews that day.

Who is eligible to participate?

The WRP serves students who:

  • have a disability (However, it is not a requirement for students to be registered with the Office of Disability Services.) AND
  • are enrolled at the University of Tennessee on a substantially full-time basis (unless the severity of the disability precludes the student from taking a substantially full-time load) to seek a degree OR
  • are enrolled at the University of Tennessee as a degree-seeking student taking less than a substantially full-time load in the enrollment period immediately prior to graduation OR
  • have graduated from the University of Tennessee within the past year. Therefore, students who graduated prior to December 2011 will not be eligible.

Participating students will be responsible for:

  • Signing up for a 30-minute interview with the WRP representative
  • Completing the WRP application packet, which includes a resume, to be handed in at the time of the interview (You will be provided with a packet, if you are interested in participating)
  • Setting up a meeting with Michael Ariale, the DCO Graduate Assistant, to prepare for the interview

If you are interested in participating, please contact Mr. Ariale at (865) 974-5435 or mariale@utk.edu. Formal recruitment for the 2012 Workforce Recruitment Program will officially begin in August 2012. For more information about the Workforce Recruitment Program, visithttp://www.dol.gov/odep/wrp.