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Benefit from Tomorrow's Workforce — Today!

Even in tough economic times, the ability to make good hiring decisions is a critical skill for employers. For many, internships or other short-term employment arrangements offer an effective way to evaluate potential employees, especially young people new to the workforce.

Now, help is available for businesses interested in recruiting interns — and shaping the nation's future workforce. The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) offers private employers and government agencies access to a database of more than 2,000 pre-screened, qualified college students and recent graduates with disabilities seeking summer internships or permanent employment. Best of all, the service is free!

Participants come from more than 200 colleges nationwide and are selected for the program by professional recruiters following an extensive application and interview process. They represent individuals like Michael Huberman, a College of Charleston graduate who last year interned at a government agency.

Michael first signed up for the program for practical reasons. "As a political science major and graduating senior needing a job and money, I figured I'd give it a shot," he says. "And I gained invaluable experience."

But participants aren't the only ones to gain from the program, Michael says. "WRP features many talented workers with disabilities. Business owners will realize that they can be just as, if not more, effective as their able-bodied co-workers at reaching company goals." Michael's employer certainly realized this — so much so that he was asked to stay.

Employers can find out more about the WRP from ODEP's Employer Technical Assistance Center website or by calling 1-855-275-3276 (Voice/TTY).

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