Apply & FAQ

Applications

  • Disability:IN Mentorship Exchange mentorsApply Here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019mentorapp  Deadline: November 14th, 2018.
  • Disability:IN Mentorship Exchange NextGen Leader mentees – Soon accepting applications on Disability Mentoring Day on October 17th. The application process will be open until December 12th.
  • Disability:IN Talent Accelerator NextGen Leader –  Soon accepting applications on Disability Mentoring Day on October 17th. The application process will be open until December 12th.

Frequently Asked Questions from prospective NextGen Leaders:

Mentorship Exchange

  • How long is the NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange?
    • The NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange is a six-month program. The upcoming program will run from March 1 – August 31, 2019.
  • Can I stay in contact with my mentor after the 6-month program?
    • Yes! We encourage our participants to have long-term mentoring relationships.
  • What is the expected time commitment for mentees?
    • The amount of time that mentors and mentees spend together varies based on time availability and activities being completed. However, we encourage our mentors and mentees to meet once a week via email, phone, or in person. There are Recommended Activities we hope the matched pairs will use as a guideline for topics to discuss.
  • Do I have to have a disability to participate as a mentee?
    • Yes. Disability:IN is a cross-disability organization that promotes opportunities for people with all types of disabilities.
  • If I already have a mentor, can I still participate in the NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange?
    • Yes. It is beneficial to have multiple mentors throughout your career, and the NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange can connect you with a mentor who has knowledge about working for a business.
  • Is there a financial commitment to being a mentor?
    • No.
  • Will I be matched with a mentor who lives in my city?
    • We try to match mentors and mentees who live in the same city in order to promote in- person meetings and job shadowing opportunities. If location matches are not possible, we will try to match by career field, interests or degree program.
  • What are the benefits in participating in the NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange?
    • Participating in the NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange is a great opportunity to enhance your professional development skills and connect with a mentor that will work with you in pursuing your career aspirations. Mentorship is guidance on figuring out what you want to do for employment, applying for positions, getting through the interview phase, insight on negotiating benefits and compensation, and inside scoops on upcoming leadership and employment opportunities. Mentorship does include reviewing resumes and elevator speeches, but it is also about connecting with someone who will teach you the unique challenges and opportunities that come with working for a business.
  • Will I get a job by participating in the NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange?
    • The NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange is not an employment program. Rather, this program enhances mentees professional development so that they are more equipped to transition into employment and work in a business setting. However, NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange mentees do receive direct connections to Disability:IN business partners, exclusive job opening information. NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange mentee participants have 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. And occasionally, the Disability:IN hosts local events when multiple students live in the same area.
  • What do other students with disabilities say about the NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange?
  • Where can I get an accessible PDF?

Talent Accelerator

  • What are the dates for the 2019 Disability:IN Talent Accelerator?
    • The Disability:IN Talent Accelerator and the Disability:IN Conference dates are July 7th through July 12th, 2019.
  • Can I view the agenda for the Disability:IN Talent Accelerator and the Disability:IN Conference?
  • Do I have to have a disability to participate in the Disability:IN Talent Accelerator?
    • Yes. Disability:IN is a cross-disability organization that promotes opportunities for people with all types of disabilities.
  • What does it cost to attend?
    • NOTHING! Your time, attention, commitment and enthusiasm are all that’s needed. Disability:IN will work with corporate sponsors and state vocational rehabilitation agencies (if you have a VR counselor) to fund conference fees and travel expenses.
  • What are the benefits in participating in the Disability:IN Talent Accelerator?
    • During the Disability:IN Talent Accelerator, students will experience cutting-edge educational sessions and exciting interactive programming with high-profile speakers. Students will also participate in numerous networking opportunities, including exclusive facilitated networking sessions that connect Disability:IN representatives from Disability:IN member companies/businesses. Finally, participants will learn more about career opportunities in your field of interest and network with employers to learn about their recruiting process and available job opportunities.
  • Will I get a job by participating in the Disability:IN Talent Accelerator?
    • Potentially. Some of the Disability:IN corporate partners host on-site interviews and follow up with students after the Matchmaking Session. The primary purpose of the Disability:IN Talent Accelerator is to strengthen students professional skills and expand their network into the private sector.  However, there are opportunities to leave the conference with a job offer.
  • How does someone apply to attend the conference?
    • Applications for the 2019 Disability:IN Talent Accelerator and the Disability:IN Annual Conference will open on October 17th.
  • Will I be able to connect to other students with disabilities in this program?
    • Yes. The Disability:IN Talent Accelerator will host at least 100 students with disabilities from across the country.

Frequently Asked Questions from Mentors

  • How long is the NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange?
    • The NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange is a six-month program. The upcoming program will run from March 1 – August 31, 2018.
  • Can I stay in contact with my mentee after the 6-month program?
    • Yes! We encourage our participants to have long term mentoring relationships.
  • What is the expected time commitment for mentors?
    • The amount of time that mentors and mentees spend together varies based on time availability and activities being completed. However, we encourage our mentors and mentees to meet once a week via email, phone, or in person. There are Recommended Activities we hope the matched pairs will use as a guideline for topics to discuss and accomplish.
  • Do I have to have a disability to be a mentor?
    • No. Many of our mentors do have disabilities, but it is not necessary.
  • Can I work for a non-profit or government agency and be a mentor in the NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange?
    • No. Disability:IN is organization that promotes the employment of people with disabilities in business settings. We can refer you to other organizations that are seeking mentors who work in non-profits and government agencies.
  • Will I have more than one mentee?
    • Typically no. Our program is a one-to-one mentoring program, but occasionally a mentor is open to working with two students.
  • Is there a financial commitment to being a mentor?
    • No. Occasionally our mentors will volunteer to take their mentee out for coffee or lunch, but this is not required.
  • Will I be matched with a mentee who lives in my city?
    • We try to match mentors and mentees who live in the same city in order to promote in- person meetings and job shadowing opportunities. If location matches are not possible, we will try to match by career field, interests or degree program.
  • Why should our business participate in the NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange?
    • Participating in the NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange 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 in your business. Program participation will add value to your company’s image as “disability inclusive” and a “best places to work” employer.
  • Can I connect my mentee to internship or job opportunities?
    • Yes! We encourage our mentors to share resources and employment opportunities with their mentees.
  • What do other companies say about the NextGen Leaders Mentorship Exchange?

 

Frequently Asked Questions From  Corporations/Recruiters

  • How does my company learn more about the Next Gen Talent Accelerator? Where can information be found? 
    • There are several ways in which to learn more about the Next Gen Talent Accelerator!  Certainly, absorbing details from this webpage and the NextGen website overall should be helpful.  Contacting Keri Gray, Director, via email would be another way to get direct response regarding any questions you may still have after researching the website.  Keri can be reached at keri@disabilityin.org .
  • What are ways to interact with NextGen Talent during the Disability:IN conference and the Talent Accelerator program?
    • There are many activities in which you or your company could participate that would involve the NextGen Talent.  You can participate in the Matchmaking Session, sponsor a session with students during the conference, serve as a Mentor for the Innovation Technology Lab (iLab), and by using the Interviewing and Networking Center for individual interviews.  Aside from these schedule activities, there are many informal opportunities to meet the talent at the Annual Conference/Talent Accelerator.
  • Can we reach out to NextGen Talent now or must we wait until the Annual Conference?
    • The NextGen Talent are available any time and there is no reason to put off the communication!  If you need assistance reaching anyone in the resume database or if you have misplaced their contact information, please let us know and we will get you connected.
  • Where can we find resumes on the NextGen Talent that are currently seeking internships or jobs?
    • The NextGen Talent Resume Database was developed to connect corporate partners to the pool of our job seeking candidates, past and present. We have over <450> resumes currently available.  Please visit this website for information on the resume database and recruitment options: https://disabilityin.org/2018recruitmentopportunities/.
  • What is the Matchmaking Session and how do I get involved?
    • The Matchmaking Session at the Talent Accelerator is held during the Annual Conference and provides opportunity to enter a “speed networking” event in which you are specifically matched to our NextGen Talent. This event is very high energy, fast paced and fun! Oftentimes, it is a prequel to the use of the Interviewing and Networking Center for more formal interviews scheduled at your request.  Applications are required to participate in the Matchmaking Session so be sure your company name is on the invite list by contacting Keri Gray.
  • What is the difference between the Talent Accelerator and the Mentorship Exchange?
    • The Talent Accelerator takes place during the Disability:IN Annual Conference. The NextGen Talent invited to attend are selected from a larger pool of participants, oftentimes from the Mentorship Exchange program.  The Mentorship Exchange program is a 6 month mentoring program, usually running from March 1 to August 31 each year, where over 230 students or grads are matched up with a mentor from our corporate partners.
  • Does the Talent Accelerator include a job fair of any kind at the Annual Conference?
    • As of this writing, there is not a formal job or career fair planned at the Annual Conference.  However, there is a multitude of other events in which to interact with job seekers and those students seeking internships.
  • Our company reps are not familiar with interviewing talent with disabilities; how can we gain education on appropriate interviewing etiquette?
    • Education is what we do at Disability:IN, so you can count on Interview Etiquette being available at various times throughout the year and during the conference.
  • Is there a way to advertise our internships and job openings to the NextGen Talent?
    • NextGen Initiatives, both from the Talent Accelerator and the Mentorship Exchange programs, use an email system notification for any job openings we may receive from our corporate partners.  The Alumni network is aware and eager to hear about the opportunities our corporate partners offer so we make sure to follow up the notification details with talent recommendations to the recruiters for anyone who applies.