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Feds, interns receive WRP award

A small group of federal employees, interns and the U.S. Army has received the annual Workforce Recruitment Program Award.

A small group of federal employees, interns and the U.S. Army has received the annual Workforce Recruitment Program Award.

The WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers with disabled college students and recent graduates for jobs and paid internships.

The Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity manages the Defense Department's participation in the WRP.

Andrea Walton, a WRP alumna and Equal Opportunity Office specialist for the State Department, was the keynote speaker for this year’s event, where five federal employees received the award.

She told the new recipients to “always be an intern no matter what level you are able to rise to throughout your career … being very eager to ask questions, the willingness to take on any sort of tasks, whether that’s a menial or a big time project, being passionate about whatever you’re doing, those are wonderful qualities I hope everyone possess at any level.”

According to DOD, the WRP database contained profiles of more than 1,800 job candidates from nearly every state and represented more than 115 colleges and universities nationwide, representing all academic backgrounds, in 2017.

Learn more about the program and event here.

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