Career Development

KU TPE prepares students for integrated competitive employment. Graduates have a four times higher rate of paid employment than the national average for individuals with intellectual disability in the general population.

Students in KU TPE:

  • Participate in jobs and career internships each semester
  • Learn 21st Century Skills to be competitive in the job market
  • Develop a career portfolio
  • Learn about their career interests and preferences

Employment Resources

Students use a variety of KU career resources, such as:

  • KU Career Center
  • KU ADA Resource Center for Equity and Accessibility
  • Vocational Rehabilitation – Kansas Rehabilitation Services (KRS-VR)
  • Independence Inc.
  • Pocket Résumé

KU TPE staff support students in individualized career development following KU TPE’s Career Plan each semester.


Students work in a variety of internships during their time at KU. We connect with employers to find internships that align with student’s career interests.

  • Hilltop Child Development Center
  • Kansas Baseball
  • Lawrence Arts Center
  • KU Greenhouse
  • Lawrence Montessori School
  • KU Language Acquisitions Pre-School
  • Lawrence Humane Society
  • KU Center for Service Learning
  • Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence
  • Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center
  • KU Natural History Museum
  • Ambler Recreation Center

Employer Interested in Being a KU TPE Partner?

Learn about becoming an Employment Partner

You can also watch our Employment Webinar below with Program Coordinator Nathalie Weissman. With her guests Catherine Johnson and Sean Swindler, she discusses how to support and include people with disabilities in the workplace.