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Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities Programs

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Internship Program for Students with Disabilities

Program Background

The State of Illinois is strongly committed to promoting diversity in state government. The Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) Internship Program for Students with Disabilities was designed to assist the state in recruiting people with disabilities for professional positions, who have historically faced barriers in obtaining employment. Summer Employment provides nonprofessional work experience for those exploring careers and entering the workforce.

The unemployment rate of people with disabilities is many times higher than that of other people. The ICED Internship and Summer Employment Program will help students with disabilities make the transition from school to work. The Internship Program was established in 2000 and continues to expand to more agencies and this year to offer nonprofessional student worker opportunities for the first time.

Objectives

The following objectives have been established for the Illinois Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities’ Internship Program for Students with Disabilities:

  • Diversify state government’s workplace
  • Demonstrate the abilities of employees with disabilities
  • Further affirmative action objectives
  • Provide work exploration and work experience for youth preparing to attend college
  • Provide employment opportunities to qualified college students with disabilities

Nature of the Program

The program has two components, one for interns and the other for student workers. In the Internship Program, placements will be made in professional or technical positions. Interns will be placed in positions at agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor, or offices of other constitutional officers. The majority of the placements will be made in Springfield and Chicago. Internships are available for placements at any time during the year, based on agency needs; however, most placements are made in the summer. The student worker component of the program involves youth with disabilities who are enrolled in college or recently graduated from high school. In addition there are non-professional positions, such as clerical or office support, building/grounds, or mail delivery.

Criteria

The eligibility requirements for the internship component of the program include: 1) The individual must have a disability; 2) the student must be enrolled in, or is a recent graduate of an institution of higher learning; or 3) the student is a high school graduating senior who has been accepted into a college program in the fall.

The eligibility requirements for the student worker component of the program are as follows: 1) The individual must have a disability; and 2) the student must be a recent graduate of high school; 3) the student must be enrolled in, or a recent graduate of a technical/ trade school or program.

For both components of the program, the match between intern and agency will be based on the agency’s needs and students’ interests.

Selection Process

Recruitment and initial screening of interns will be conducted by state agencies. Candidates for internships in agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor must complete the CMS-100 application form. Agencies who list job openings on www.work.illinois.gov will generally post student workers positions as Student Services. Students should review the website frequently to and search for student services positions. In addition students should review job postings at other state websites. Separate application forms may be necessary for jobs in the offices of the other constitutional officers. Students should submit the CMS100 applications to the address listed on the job posting along with the posting number on the job opening. Agencies seeking further information about candidates can get in touch with ICED and the rehabilitation agency that referred the candidate. Agencies will conduct interviews with internship candidates and make their own selection decisions.

For payroll purpose, all participants are classified as student or summer workers and are only entitled to compensation. They are not eligible for benefits such as paid holidays, health or life insurance, or sick and vacation days. Compensation will be provided by the employing agency.

For Further Details or Information

Student Applicants Contact:
Carlos Charneco
PERSONNEL-STATEWIDE SERVICES
DEPARTMENT OF CENTRAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES
100 W RANDOLPH, JRTC STE 3-300
CHICAGO IL 60601 - 3219

State Agencies Contact:
Carlos Charneco
PERSONNEL-STATEWIDE SERVICES
DEPARTMENT OF CENTRAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES
100 W RANDOLPH, JRTC STE 3-300
CHICAGO IL 60601 - 3219

Carlos.Charneco@illinois.gov

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