Students with Disabilities

The Employer Engagement and Career Design Office at Northeastern University work with the Disability Resource Center (DRC)  to support students as they pursue internship and co-op, and post-graduation positions.

This guide includes information on:

  • Job Search and Interview Tips
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Disclosure
  • Accommodation
  • Additional Resources

Job Search and Interview Tips

  • Do not let your disability define you! Focus on your strengths, your skills for the position, and what you can offer to the employer
  • Seek out employers with disability-friendly policies and employee support networks. See “Additional Resources” section at the end of this guide for listings of organizations that connect job seekers with disabilities to employers
  • Remember, you must be qualified to perform essential functions of the position
  • Prepare a professional resume and cover letter, showcasing your ability to do the job See resources on the Career Development website or come meet with a staff member for assistance
  • Prepare for the interview by researching the employer and interviewers, practice answering typical interview questions and articulating your abilities. Review interview prep material here.
  • Review a short series of videos prepared by the Department of Labor on Soft Skills for the Workplace

Download to view the basics of Schedule A Hiring Authority for Individuals with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The ADA (1990) is a civil rights laws designed to make American society more accessible to people with disabilities. Title 1 of the act requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations to job applicants and employees with disabilities. It prohibits discrimination in recruitment, hiring, promotions, training, pay, social activities, and other privileges of employment.

  • See more information regarding Job Applicants and the ADA. There are samples of questions that can and cannot be asked during various stages of the interview and offer process.
  • The ADA prohibits employers from asking questions that are likely to reveal the existence of a disability before making a job offer (i.e., the pre-offer period). This prohibition covers written questionnaires and inquiries made during interviews, as well as medical examinations. However, such questions and medical examinations are permitted after extending a job offer but before the individual begins work (i.e., the post-offer period)
  • If asked a prohibited question during the interview, try to stay positive and focus on the intent (Can you do the job?)

For example:

If you are asked: “Do you have a disability,” or “What is your medical condition?”

You can say something like: “I assure you that I am capable of performing this job. I would like to address any concerns that you have about the duties that I would be expected to perform……