Project on Science, Technology and Disability

Entry Point for Students

The opportunity that will change your life!

Has science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM), or business become your passion?

Do you sometimes feel that others have not recognized the outstanding skills you have developed and used as you pursue your education and consider a STEM or business career?

Do you want to find an opportunity for a “real” work experience?

Entry Point can help you.

Since 1996, Entry Point has highlighted the creativity, skills, and talents of science, engineering and business students with disabilities throughout the country.  We want to help nurture your passion to explore, invent, and discover the wonders of a career in science, engineering or business.

Entry Point has partnerships with a variety of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies who offer paid, 10-12 week internships in various locations throughout the country.  You could qualify for one, or more, of them!

The Entry Point team will assist you to prepare and apply for the opportunity to intern with a team of experts that can offer encouragement and guide your work to clarify and strengthen your career goals and skills.

Successful internships open many doors.  They provide you with the experience of:

  • Working with a top-rated company or agency.
  • Engaging in co-ops or research opportunities in your specific field of interest.
  • Showcasing your skills in a real working environment.
  • Building a broad professional network.

A disability is not an obstacle; it is an asset!

AAAS and Entry Point understand that the problem-solving skills students with disabilities have used to overcome challenges have not been easy.  Students like you demonstrate remarkable persistence, creativity, and determination as you find solutions to obstacles which stand in your way; whether in your person, academic or professional life.

In addition to problem solving skills, Entry Point partners are looking for strong technical and communication skills.  They understand that team work and a positive attitude are critical for a corporation or agency to survive in today’s global market. In an internship, you will have an opportunity to practice the skills that you are learning in your class projects and presentations. For instance, you improve the ways in which you communicate, persuade, and negotiate with others.  You will also build your self-confidence and become more aware of your goals and strengths.  You will learn how to better share your thinking with others. You will also learn to apply the technical skills and knowledge you have learned from working in class and in the lab.  An internship will give you a chance to “test drive” the career you are working to create.

Your perspectives, as a student with a disability, and your ideas for new invention and discovery will be critical to shaping the success of science and engineering in the years to come. As you participate in work and research internships, you will learn to more effectively contribute your knowledge and leadership to this effort.  You will have the opportunity to help revolutionize the world in technology, space explorations, climate change, health, and aviation.

Will this opportunity focus on my disability?

Our partner agencies and companies are interested in your skills.  Entry Point internships are competitive and, if selected, you will be given an assignment that complements your major and builds upon your talents.

We inquire about your disability as a means of confirming your eligibility to participate in Entry Point.  The program reaches out to students with disabilities because so many have not been afforded the opportunity to participate in internship programs.  The goal of Entry Point is to increase the diversity of the science and engineering field by making it accessible to students with disabilities.

The information about your disability, which is requested on our application, is not shared with any of our partners, unless we have permission from you.  If you need accommodations for an interview, it is probably useful to let the interviewer know, so they will have what you need.  If you accept a position, it is useful to let your prospective manager or mentor know what accommodations you will need on the job.  If you do not need accommodations, it is not necessary to say anything, unless you think it will be helpful.

Your accomplishments are the most important things that matter to us and to the companies.  You also have had a lifetime of developing problem-solving skills.  Your work in the STEM or business field will be guided by the creative and unique perspectives you have developed and that people will want to know.

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