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Frequently Asked Questions:

Any undergraduate student, law student, graduate student, or recent graduate (within 2 years) from a US college or university who self-identifies as an individual with any type of disability is invited to apply.

Individuals that are not US citizens are welcome to participate in this initiative if:

  1. They are a current student at or recent graduate of US college or university
  2. They have the proper work authorization documents.

Disability:IN does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, disability and marital status. We highly encourage students of color, LGBTQIA+, women, and veterans to apply for our programs.

  • What are the benefits in participating in the NextGen Leader Initiatives?
    • Throughout the program, you’ll gain access to recruiters and leaders from Disability:IN corporate partners as well as NextGen Leaders to expand your network. You’ll learn how to use your disability as an asset in the corporate world. Overall, our program is a great opportunity to enhance your professional development skills and to gain personalized guidance on your industry.
  • Will I get a job by participating in the NextGen Leader Initiatives?
    • Potentially! The primary purpose of our initiatives is to strengthen students’ professional skills and expand their network into the private sector.  Some of the Disability:IN corporate partners host career mentoring days, job shadowing, and interviews just for NextGen Leaders. NextGen Leaders have had an average employment rate of 86%.
  • Will I be able to connect to other students with disabilities in this program?
    • Yes. We conduct virtual events and meetings so that all student participants can connect. You’ll also have opportunities to get to know each other through discussions led by alumni of the NextGen Leader Initiatives.
  • Do I have to have a disability to participate as a NextGen Leader?
    • Yes.
  • How long are the NextGen Leader Initiatives?
    • The NextGen Leaders Initiatives includes a six-month mentorship with a Disability:IN corporate partner and will run from March 14- September 15, 2022.
  • What is the expected time commitment for Leaders?
    • The expected time commitment is approximately 4 to 6 hours per month including mentorship, webinar participation, and group discussions.
  • What does it cost to participate?
    • NOTHING! Your time, attention, commitment, and enthusiasm are all that’s needed.
  • Where can I get an accessible PDF about the Initiatives?
  • Can I stay in contact with my mentor after the program ends?
    • Yes. Many of our NextGen Leaders have continued to stay in touch with their mentors after the program ends. We also encourage you to engage with the Disability:IN team as alumni.
  • If I already have a mentor, should I still participate in the NextGen Leader Initiatives?
    • Yes. It is beneficial to have multiple mentors throughout your career, and our program can connect you with a mentor who has knowledge about working in the private sector.
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Candace R.

“This has been such a positive experience for me. It has opened many doors for me that I never imagined could happen. It gave me the opportunity to explore different fields and to be able to network with others in many different areas. I value everything that the NextGen Leader Initiatives stands for and how much it goes above and beyond to help with career opportunities.”

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Ethan O.

“I have accepted an offer from Northrop Grumman to work in their Tactical Space Systems division as a Software Engineer! After struggling for around 16 months to find work, I could not be happier! I want to thank you again for the opportunity to participate in the Disability:IN NextGen Leader Initiatives — through this mentorship experience, I’ve learned a lot about networking and marketing myself (among many other things), and I surely would not have been able to achieve a role like this without those skills.”

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Davina P.

“Becoming a NextGen Leader and attending the Disability:IN Annual Conference was truly an amazing experience, especially hearing different women of color and people with disabilities share stories of the struggles they’ve overcome. I now realize and recognize that I have what it takes to become a success.”