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Disability:IN NextGen Leaders are college students and recent graduates with disabilities. Students are matched one-on-one with mentors from Disability:IN Corporate Partners across all industries like Google, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Boeing, and Pfizer.

POC, women, veterans, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Check out over 400 corporate partners here.

NextGen Leader Opportunities:

  • Network with Fortune 1000 companies and gain valuable insights into their selection process
  • Participate in monthly webinars focused on a variety of topics including disability disclosure, accommodations, and interviewing
  • Connect virtually with your corporate mentor twice a month for 6 months
  • Apply to attend our annual Disability:IN conference, July 8th–13th, 2023 in Orlando, FL.

2023 Applications are Closed.

Sign up for our interest link to be notified about NextGen opportunities.

NextGen Interest List

Become a Mentor

Mentor a college student with a disability as they navigate the transition from college to the workforce. Business professionals in the STEM, finance, and business fields are highly encouraged to apply. Gain access to a wide array of talent that increases the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities.

Corporate Partner opportunities:

  • Establish inclusive employer brands by participating in the NextGen Leader Initiatives.
  • Build relationships and learn best practices with NextGen Leaders through mentoring.
  • Source talent through the resume database of current NextGen Leaders and alumni.
  • Network and interview NextGen Leaders during activities like Matchmaking Sessions at the Disability:IN Annual Conference.

Are you IN?

Submit a Mentor application beginning November 1, 2023. To learn more about getting your company involved, contact Shannon Maher. Mentors will be selected based on their match to their NextGen Leader.

  • How long is the NextGen Leader Initiatives?
    • The NextGen Leader Initiatives is a 6-month program and will run from March – September 2023.
  • What is the expected time commitment for mentors?
    • The estimated time commitment is about 3 hours per month, which includes mentorship and webinar participation.
  • Can I stay in contact with my mentee after the 6-month program?
    • Many of our NextGen Leaders have continued to stay in touch with their mentors after the program ends.
  • Do I need to have a disability to be a mentor?
    • No. Many of our mentors do have disabilities, but it is not necessary.
  • Is there a financial commitment to being a mentor?
    • No.
  • Why should our business participate in the NextGen Leader Initiatives?
    • Participating in the NextGen Leader Initiatives is a great opportunity to support emerging leaders by linking students and recent graduates to the professional world. Additionally, participation gives your business access to a wide array of talent that increases the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities. Program participation can add value to your company’s image as “disability inclusive” and a “Best Places to Work” employer.
  • Will I have more than one mentee?
    • Typically, no.
  • Can I connect my mentee to internship or job opportunities?
    • Yes! We encourage our mentors to share resources and employment opportunities with their mentees.