Exploring Options: Special Populations

Students with Disabilities

AccessibleNU serves as a resource on disability information for the university community and visitors.

Questions that students and graduates with disabilities face in their career development will be unique to each individual and takes into account an individual's disability. Some questions to consider when taking into account individual disabilities include the following:

  • Should I disclose my disability?
  • If I do, how should I do it?
  • How does the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) affect me?
  • What are my rights under the ADA? What should I expect from employers?
  • What is reasonable accommodation?

To help you make decisions regarding disclosure, please consult with a NCA Career Adviser and consult the Disclosure Decisions fact sheet from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Electronic Resources

Disability Law and your rights:

Requesting Job Accommodations

Career Resources

Below are several resources that might lead to great opportunities for both internship and employment.

Other Related Resources

LGBT Students

The Gender & Sexuality Resource Center is a safe place and a hub for resources, services and programs of interest to the LGBT and Allied community at Northwestern.

Tips for Researching LGBT Friendly Employers

  • Research any company or organization that you would like to work for and find out if they offer domestic partnership benefits.
  • Check if an organization has an anti-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation.
  • Ask if the organization sponsors diversity training that includes LGBT populations.
  • Check if an organization offers LGBT employee groups.

Being Out on Your Resume

Being out on your resume is a personal choice. You will not necessarily know the people reviewing your resume and those that interview you. If you are using your sexual orientation and involvement in the LGBT community on your resume or in the job interview, you need to state specifically to a potential employer those transferable skills and accomplishments you've acquired as a result of these experiences.

Assessing "Gay-Friendly" Environments

Do your research first. Identify any company or organization for which you would like to work to assess how gay-friendly they may be. To start, look for contacts such as alumni who are familiar with or working at the organization(s). Inquire if the organization(s) offer domestic partner benefits to their employees. Does the organization have an LGBT employee association that meets regularly?

Another way to determine if an organization is “gay-friendly” is to check whether or not the organization has an anti-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation, offers diversity training that includes LGBT populations, or is well known for supporting LGBT community events.

Additional Resources

Students of Color

NCA works continuously with Multicultural Student Affairs and various students groups to address the needs of our students of color.  NCA can provide workshops and career resources that foster an inclusive environment.

African American Students

Latino/Hispanic Students

Asian/Asian American Students

Native American Students

All Students of Color


Career Resources for Veterans

Veterans have many state and federal and local career resources. If you are a veteran, NCA can help you to help you to translate your military experience to skills desired in other industries.