Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the state agency that helps individuals with disabilities get and keep careers. OOD serves individuals with physical, intellectual, and sensory disabilities as well as mental health disabilities. Further information about OOD and its services is available at

Call (740) 354-7951 to talk with OOD about getting started. Or, if an online self-referral process is desired, visit

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Are you a student or recent graduate with a disability seeking an internship or job? A WRP Recruiter will be interviewing students from SSU this fall!

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Shawnee State is a participant in the Workforce Recruitment Program for the 2021-22 academic year. Registration opens on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, and closes on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. You will need time to get your registration approved, gather your resume and transcript, and complete your application, so please don’t delay!

What is WRP?

The WRP is a recruitment program for students and recent graduates with disabilities, and serves as a primary pipeline for bringing new talent into the Federal Government.

Applying is an excellent way to:

  • Find an internship or permanent position at federal agencies
  • Explore careers in the federal service
  • Gain interviewing experience

Registration and applications are open for six weeks starting August 30, 2021 at

For more information, contact Austin Raines in Career Services at or at (740) 351-3784.

The WRP is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Benefits of WRP for Students

  • Helps students with disabilities think about the career and internship process earlier.
  • Students gain experience with interviews and resumes.
  • Interaction with SSU Career Services utilization of their resources.
  • Gives students a better chance at federal opportunities and introduces them to the federal government.

How WRP Works

  • Students and recent graduates apply online from late August-October.
  • SSU Coordinator confirms and helps find and prepare candidates.
  • Trained volunteer recruiters from federal agencies remotely interview candidates in October-November.
  • Candidate information is entered into database; candidates can update resumes year-round.
  • Database is opened to all agencies nationwide in December and is active for one year. Federal employers search the database for qualified WRP candidates.

Who is eligible?

Eligible students must:

  • have a disability and be eligible under the Schedule A hiring authority 
  • be a United States citizen or national
  • be currently enrolled in a degree program on a substantially full-time basis OR have graduated with a degree on or after April 1, 2019.