2024 Disability:IN NextGen Leadership Program Application 

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Disability:IN is the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. The NextGen Leadership Program is a six-month virtual mentoring program that pairs mentors from one of Disability:IN's Corporate Partner companies with mentees who are college students and recent graduates with disabilities to focus on career readiness and employment outcomes. 

To participate in the 2024 NextGen Leadership Program, you must: 
  • Be either a current undergraduate, graduate, or law student (enrolled and actively attending classes) or a recent graduate (no earlier than 2022) of an accredited North American or South American college or university
  • Self-identify as an individual with any type of disability
  • Individuals that are not U.S. citizens are invited to participate in this program provided that you meet all 3 of the following criteria:
    1. Located in North or South America
    2. Possess all proper and necessary work authorization documents for work in the United States and/or your desired country of employment
    3. Fluent in both verbal and written English for the purposes of general business correspondence and communication with your mentor

Disability:IN does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, and marital status. Disability:IN highly encourages students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, women, and veterans to apply for our programs.

This online application must be completed by the end of day 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024. No exceptions or extensions will be granted.

The NextGen Leadership Program has two components: 

1. 1. NextGen Virtual Mentoring Program
A six-month mentorship program for college students and recent graduates with disabilities. The program connects NextGen Leaders with experienced professionals from Disability:IN’s Corporate Partners, creating supportive relationships to navigate the job search. NextGen Leader mentees will gain access and mentors from Corporate Partners, however there is no guarantee that NextGen Leaders will receive a job offer during the program.
  • Meet virtually twice monthly for six months with a corporate mentor.

  • Participate in monthly professional development webinars.

  • Receive notifications of various job opportunities with Corporate Partners throughout the year via a Job Opportunity Digest.

  • Opportunity to attend the annual Virtual Speed Networking to meet with up to five Corporate Partners.  

2. NextGen Talent Accelerator

A select group of NextGen Leaders will also be chosen to attend the 2024 Disability: IN Global Conference & Expo from July 13-18, 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

If selected, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in two days of pre-conference skills building, leadership development and networking on July 13-14 prior to attending the full conference July 15-18 alongside more than 2,000 disability inclusion champions from across the globe. 

Participating NextGen Leaders can meet and network with potential employers from across industries through interactive development workshops, facilitated networking and matchmaking sessions, resume building activities and more.


Disability:IN will cover all costs for conference registration, reasonable accommodations, and standard travel (airfare, hotel, and meals) for approximately 75 NextGen Leaders who are selected to attend the conference. Due to restrictions related to the gaming industry in place at the conference hotel, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, all attendees selected for the 2024 NextGen Talent Accelerator must be at least 21 years of age or older as of July 1, 2024. 

Not all applicants will be selected to attend since it is a highly competitive process. 

NextGen Talent Accelerator Goals:

  • Build NextGen Leaders' professional skills for the private employment sector
  • Help businesses identify talented individuals with disabilities to hire

  • Secure interview and networking opportunities with Disability:IN Corporate Partners 

  • Collaborate with other NextGen Leaders as part of the Innovation Lab design competition 

  • Increase NextGen Leader confidence as job and internship seekers 

The NextGen Leadership Program is highly selective and receives approximately 1,000 applications each year with only about 400 selected to participate. Completion of this application does not guarantee a place in the program; your acceptance is contingent on the strength of your application.


Review a list of our Disability:IN corporate partners here. You will be asked to rank 10 companies in order of your interest.

* An asterisk notates a required question or field.

Here is a link to the recording of the information session: Shared Screen with Speaker, Gallery View (Includes ASL Interpreter) 

26Please rank at least 10 of the current Disability:IN Corporate Partners you are interested in from most to least interested, the first being the company you are most interested in and decreasing in order of interest.

Please note that Disability:IN cannot guarantee that these Corporate Partners will participate in the mentoring program or will attend the conference. Corporate Partners are subject to change. (view the list of Corporate Partners here).

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The following questions are only required for applicants interested in being selected for the NextGen Talent Accelerator taking place at the Disability:IN Global Conference & Expo from July 13-18, 2024, in Las Vegas. 

If you are interested in attending the conference, please complete the following questions. If you are only interested in the six-month virtual mentoring program and do not wish to be considered to attend the conference, please skip the following questions and scroll to the bottom of the page to click “Submit”.

If you are interested in applying to participate in the conference, please review and check the guidelines to confirm that you understand and agree to our conference eligibility requirements: 

  • Provide any required information, complete pre-conference assignments, and post-conference reports by required due dates.
  • Participate in ALL conference preparation calls (including but not limited to):  
    • NextGen Talent Accelerator Logistics Call 1 – Wednesday, May 22 from 6-7 p.m. Eastern
    • NextGen Talent Accelerator Logistics Call 2 – Wednesday, May 29 from 6-7 p.m. Eastern
    • NextGen Talent Accelerator Logistics Call 3 – Wednesday, June 5 from 6-7 p.m. Eastern
    • NextGen iLab Teams Call- Wednesday, June 19 from 6-7 p.m. Eastern  

NextGen Leaders selected to attend conference are expected to attend the pre-conference and conference sessions in their entirety. 

Always conduct yourself in a professional manner during events.

Failure to meet the expectations outlined above may result in the cancellation of conference attendance and funding. If you have any questions, contact NextGen@disabilityin.org.

35. What airport/city would you be returning from to attend the conference in July? Please list all airports you can return from, including city/state. 

36. What airport/city would you be returning to after attending the conference? Please list all airports you can depart from, including city/state.