Internships for Students with Disabilities
If you are a current student, you’ve probably heard a million times how important it is to find an internship. It’s quite true. Acquiring internships and work experience while you’re still a student is crucial. The more you network and explore opportunities while you’re still in school, the easier it will be for you to find employment after college.
I wanted to share this article, which specifically addresses resources for students with disabilities: https://www.washington.edu/doit/what-resources-can-help-students-disabilities-locate-internships-and-other-work-based-experiences.
For me, I worked for my university’s student newspaper all four years. When I became Features Editor my Junior year, I was able to use that position as a credited internship. I took an internship course to coincide with it, and I was able to do a lot of networking through that position. From there I wrote for other websites during the summers, became an ambassador within the English department and did anything else I could to add to my resume.
My best advice is to network as much as you can while you’re still in school, talk with your professors as much as you can and take opportunities as they come your way. Obviously you don’t want to overload yourself, but you also don’t want to just go to class and do nothing else. Employers like to see you gain work experience sooner rather than later.
What about you all? Have any of you done internships? What was your experience?