The Workforce Recruitment Program at UWM (WRP) 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 demonstrate their abilities in the workplace through nationwide internship, summer, or permanent jobs. It is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Full-time undergraduate or graduate students with disabilities, and recent graduates who received a postsecondary degree on or after April 1, 2020 from an accredited U.S. college or university, are eligible to apply for WRP in Fall 2022.
Interested students with documented disabilities should complete the WRP Application between August 22, 2022 and October 13, 2022. Use the link below to fill out your application.
Federal employers will get access to the 2023 applicant database in mid-December and can contact applicants directly to schedule informational interviews.
How To Participate in the Workforce Recruitment Program
Individuals applying in the fall of 2022 for the 2023 database must:
- Be a person with a disability and eligible for hiring under the Schedule A Hiring Authority for persons with disabilities.
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be a current, full-time, degree-seeking, post-secondary student OR have graduated from such an institution on or after April 1, 2020.
Students may also participate if they meet all of the other requirements for the program but are taking a reduced course load due to a disability or if they are taking less than a substantially full-time load in the enrollment period immediately prior to graduation.
Again, WRP also allows recent graduates who have graduated within two and a half years of the December release of the database to participate, so those that graduated/had a degree conferred from a postsecondary program in April 2020 or more recently are eligible. Candidates who graduated prior to April 2020 are not eligible to participate this year.
WRP Student Eligibility Questions
Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
There is no minimum GPA; however, candidates should make sure that their GPA accurately reflects what is listed on their transcript and that it is their most recent GPA. If the candidate is a first-semester freshmen or transfer student and does not yet have a GPA, they can list the most recent GPA they achieved at their previous school.
Do I have to verify that I have a disability?
We do not ask for verification that the candidate has a disability (other than their admission on the Student Agreement Form at the beginning of the application). However, the WRP database is promoted to federal employers as the largest Schedule A database available, so students who cannot provide proof of Schedule A eligibility (the Schedule A letter) at the time of an offer of employment will not be hired.
Why is U.S. citizenship a requirement?
U.S. citizenship is a requirement to participate in WRP because WRP primarily provides candidates with Federal Government opportunities. In almost all cases, you must be a U.S. citizen or national (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) to work for the Federal Government. Please go to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management or USAJobs for more information.
Can a candidate who has a criminal record still participate in WRP?
Yes, candidates with a criminal record can participate; however, many of the positions (since they are with the government and specifically with the Department of Defense and Department of State) might be contingent upon the candidate passing a security clearance. If asked by an employer, the candidate must be honest and up front about his/her record. If a candidate is interviewed and an offer is made, the candidate has an obligation to ask whether or not he/she will be subjected to a security clearance. If so, the candidate needs to follow up with a question regarding whether or not the crime that he/she has committed will allow him/her to pass the security clearance.
If the employer expresses concerns about a candidate’s ability to pass the security clearance process, then the candidate should be cautious to accept the tentative offer. It isn’t fair for a candidate to lead on a prospective employer if the candidate knows that he/she couldn’t pass the security clearance process. A security clearance is very expensive and time consuming. The candidate needs to do what is right for all interested parties.
Workforce Recruitment Program Application
Complete the WRP Student Application (below) by October 13, 2022 to be added to the 2023 database.