Young adults in college or high school often work as interns or sometimes as apprentices to gain hands-on, valuable work experiences to help them obtain better jobs. An internship gives young workers the chance to learn new skills, observe a workplace environment, build relationships with co-workers and managers, get used to a regular schedule, and test their abilities to contribute and be productive.
Internships and apprenticeships can be great opportunities for many young adults but especially for some young adults with disabilities. A number of businesses, organizations, and agencies now recognize the value of these experiences. Although some are designed for college students with disabilities, others are open to students in their last year of high school or young adults who've left school.