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Challenging internships are a critical part of career success for all students. Internships help students clarify their career interests and provide new opportunities for learning and growth. Students with disabilities in high school and in college have unique needs as they pursue internships. It’s important that professionals who serve them, such as career counselors and internship coordinators, understand research that relates to work-based learning and students with disabilities.For example, staff at a college transition and college success program for students with disabilities called DO-IT review journals and articles about work-based learning and conduct their own research to understand critical components …

Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler founded and directs the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) Center at the University of Washington. Dr. Burgstahler is an affiliate professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her teaching and research focus on the successful transition of students with disabilities to college and careers and on the application of universal design to technology, learning activities, physical spaces and student services. Scott Bellman currently serves as program manager at DO-IT, where he has worked for 12 years. His interests include the career development of students with disabilities and access to challenging …