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Workforce Recruitment Program

Workforce Recruitment Program

Program Overview

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through paid summer or permanent jobs.

Each year, students can submit an application and supporting materials to the WRP database, which is made available to federal hiring managers and contractors for a calendar year. The tabs below provide a brief overview of the program and requirements.

The application is currently closed for WRP. Information will be updated for the 2024 application cycle by August 2024. You can view the timeline below to see an approximation of the program cycle. 


To apply for WRP, you must:

  • be a person with a disability and eligible for hiring under the Schedule A Hiring Authority for persons with disabilities AND
  • be a U.S. citizen AND
  • be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education on a substantially full-time basis (unless your disability precludes you from taking a substantially full-time load) to seek a degree OR
  • be enrolled in such an institution 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 such an institution within the past year (April 2021 or later).


August: Student registration opens. Interested candidates can start registration at www.wrp.gov. A UCC staff member will approve registration before applicants can move to the next step in the process.

Mid-October: Student registration closes. Completed applications are typically due a week later.

October  - November: Informational Interview period. While not required, candidates will be contacted to schedule an informational interview with a federal employee or contractor.

December: WRP Database released to federal employers. The database is available for the following calendar year.

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Penner or call our office at (806) 742-2210. More information can also be found at www.wrp.gov.

The WRP is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense's Diversity Management Operations Center (DMOC), with support from other federal agencies.