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Diversity Career Resources - Students with Disabilities


Below are resources to help you in the career exploration and preparation process, this list is in no means exhaustive but will hopefully help you as you develop and achieve your career goals.

Things to Think About

As a student with a disability there are important factors for you to consider as you search for internships or employment or apply to graduate school.   You may have questions about your rights, disclosure, accommodations and which laws might apply to you.  Here are some resources to guide your career:




Civil Rights

Getting Your Career on Track

Landing a great job after graduation, or getting into graduate school, takes more than simply going to class each day. A few tips and facts are listed below to give you some insight on what you can do now to succeed after graduation.

  • Explore your Options.  Explore your interests, strengths, personality, and values and how these relate to major and career options. Start by making an appointment with a career counselor in your career office.
  • Get Experience! 50% of employers expect students to have 2 or more internships by graduation and graduate schools like applicants who have conducted research. Don’t know where to begin? Your career office can help you get started.
  • Visit Career Services Career services staff members are experts in helping students reach their career goals.  Because we regularly talk to employers in your industry, we have more insight than you will find through general online resources.  Find your career office and call to schedule an appointment.

Job and Internship Search Resources

There are a variety of websites for people with disabilities.  Here is sampling of some we thought might be most valuable.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

Minnesota State Vocational Rehabilitation (State and federally funded employment program)

Pathways to Employment (A collaboration of Minnesota state agencies with a goal of assisting with the goal of employment)

Career Preparation Resources (Career planning resources and guidance)

Professional Contacts and Associations

Meeting with other students or professionals who have successfully made the transition from student to professional is a great way to gain useful information and network. The following are resources focused on mentorship programs:

Mentoring Fact Sheet

Partners for Youth with Disabilities

American Bar Association Mentor Program

Get involved in student groups on campus.  The Disabled Student Cultural Center and Active Minds are student run organizations for students with disabilities and allies. Other meaningful experiences outside the classroom can be found at Engage!.

Professional associations are groups of people who work in a specific industry or field of study.  You can attend meetings, special events or get to know professionals in some of the following organizations:

American Association of People with Disabilities

Advancing Science, Serving Society

Disability Power and Pride

National Organization on Disability

Independent Living Institute Global Networking

World Institute on Disability

National Business and Disability Council

Create an account on the online professional networking site LinkedIn and join groups such as the Minority Professional Network or Diversity in Minnesota.  Check out our Online LinkedIn Tutorial for tips and more information. 

Attend career fairs, organization information sessions/networking events, and employer panels to expand your professional network.  View campus events on GoldPASS or for Carlson School of Management students The Edge.

Your Legal Rights

As a student with a disability you may have concerns about experiencing discrimination within your job search or career and what to do should it arise.  The following are resources to help you understand your rights if you encounter discrimination on an application, in a job interview or in the work place.

Handling Improper Interview Questions written by career experts from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. 

For local legal resource specifically related to disability contact the Minnesota Disability Law Center.

National legal rights resources

Campus Career Resources & Events

U of M career services offices

GoldPASS: Job and internship database for University of Minnesota students & alumni

The Edge: Job, internship and networking database for Carlson School of Management undergraduate and graduate students, and alumni

LandIt!: Job and internship database for students & alumni from any Minnesota college

Campus Events Calendar

Career Services Staff Can Help!

All of the career staff on campus is eager to help all students with their career goals.  Those individuals listed below are members of the Career Services Diversity Committee any of them would be happy to help you with any career related questions.  We are also available to help with presentations tailored t to student groups.  Simply contact the staff member listed for your career center to get started:

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Chris Buckley
Career Counselor
CLA Career Services

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Leah Milojevic
Academic Advisor
Access to Success Program

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Kirsten Collins
Assistant Academic Advisor
CEHD Student Services

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Heidi J. Perman
Assistant Director
Career & Internship Services, CCE, CDes, CFANS

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Melissa Engstrom
Disability Specialist
Disability Services

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Jeannie Stumne
Lead Career Coordinator
CEHD Career Services

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Katy Hinz
Career Counselor
Career Center for Science & Engineering

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Mackenzie Sullivan
Associate Director
Graduate Business Career Center, Carlson School of Management

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Beth Lory
Lead Employer Relations Coordinator
CLA Career Services

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