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Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program ready to help student with disabilities search summer or permanent positions in the federal government. The WRP database contains profiles of student job candidates from more than 200 colleges and universities nationwide, representing all majors, and ranging from college freshmen to graduate students and law students.


  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Have a disability
  • Be enrolled in an associate, undergraduate or graduate degree seeking school
  • Transcripts
* Student must be accepted to the WRP program to be placed in a paid internship position at USDA.

To apply to WRP program, visit the WRP student portal:

For more information, contact:

Success Stories

Jeanna Ramos, current USDA Intern, 2013.
As an intern at the USDA Forestry Service’s Willamette and Siuslaw National Forest office, I created a training program titled “Little Things Mean a Lot” that is now used in the Oregon and Washington State district offices. I am a native Oregonian with Hispanic heritage, interning as an Equal Employment Specialist and Diversity Trainer for the Civil Rights Unit. The program was based upon Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack’s USDA Cultural Transformation (CT) initiative. The training teaches values, respect, and team work and provides Cultural Transformation strategy tools. The training program allows employees and supervisors to practice what they learned, so Cultural Transformation can become second nature to FS employees and supervisors. I have dyslexia, ADHD and a physical disability that only permits me to sit for a certain amount of time. My advice for people with disabilities: Do not be afraid to talk about your disabilities with others. Work hard, don’t quit. We have a voice. Be proud and never give up. I will be accepting a permanent position at the USDA, Forest Service, in June 2013 upon completion of my master’s degree at Oregon State University. My master’s thesis is titled, “The Experiences of Women of Color, Working in Natural Resources.” I’m looking forward to being a fulltime Forestry Service employee because I can be in a happy work environment and be in an agency where I feel valued and not as a second class individual. This is where I want to finish my career. The U.S. Forest Service; they fight for equality, fairness and justice.