CAPD is here to help students with diverse abilities to feel empowered as they navigate internships, graduate school, full-time employment, fellowships, professional development and more. We look forward to getting to know you and our advisors can support you on your career journey from exploring your options, to finding internship/job opportunities and negotiating offers, to preparing for graduate/professional school and beyond!
Your Career Planning
Finding & assessing opportunities
In addition to finding job/internship and other experiential learning opportunities via Handshake, keep in mind that many employers are specifically interested in hiring talent with disabilities. Tools like the Disability Equality Index (DEI) can help you to find disability-friendly employers.
You can also assess employers for inclusive practices by reviewing the employer’s website for accessibility features, utilizing your personal/professional network, and assessing the job application process.
Your workplace rights
If at any point in your job or internship experiences you feel as though you are being discriminated against by your employer, remember that the law is on your side. There are several laws that protect individuals with disabilities in the workplace and during the job search process.
Requesting workplace accommodations
Under the A.D.A., companies with more than 15 employees are required to provide you a reasonable accommodations when disclosing your disability.
The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission provides ADA policy guidelines and resources on requesting accommodations for job-seekers with disabilities.
Resources at CAPD & MIT
At CAPD, we are here to help you explore your career options, connect you with resources on campus, provide feedback on your application materials (resume, cover letters, and graduate school essays), and help you prepare for your next big interview. Use Handshake to book an appointment with a member of our Career Advising team.
If you have questions regarding your disability and your student experience, contact MIT’s Disability Access Services.
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