Preparing for Success with Work-Based Learning Experience

The following template has been used by the DO-IT Center to recruit new partners who have the potential to provide work-based learning experiences to students with disabilities. The template has been shared with employers during job fairs, at conferences, and in the community. The template can be adapted and used by other organizations who wish to replicate this "menu-based" recruiting strategy.

Work-related experiences during school are associated with better employment outcomes for students with disabilities. We would encourage you and others in your organization to take advantage of one or more of the work experience options listed below. 

_____ Informational Interview: Provide an individual with a disability the chance to engage with your staff members to find out more about your industry and organization.

_____ Mock Interview: Provide an individual with a disability the chance to practice their interview skills and receive feedback from your organization.

_____ Job Fair: Take part in a job fair for job seekers with disabilities. Host a table and talk with candidates about their experience and goals.

_____ Presentation: Offer a presentation about your industry or organization to a group of individuals with disabilities.

_____ Job Shadow: Invite an individual with a disability to observe one of your employees at work and hear information from that employee about the nature of their job.

_____ Internship: Arrange a paid or unpaid internship for a student with a disability seeking "real world" experience in their academic field. 

_____ Mentorship: Identify employees with and without disabilities in your organization who would be willing to act as a mentor to a less experienced person with a disability. 

_____ Hire an Individual: Recruit to fill a position with the help of a DO-IT staff member. 

Contact Information

Organization Name:____________________________________________________
Contact Person & Title:____________________________________________________
Phone Number:____________________________________________________
Email Address:____________________________________________________
Please indicate if you are interested in working with (check all that apply):
____ high school students, ____ college students, ____ recent college graduates.
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DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the participation of students with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment. 
Please return this form to: DO-IT, University of Washington, Box 354842 Seattle, WA 98195 Fax: (206) 221-4171