Vocational Rehabilitation

Summer job at Habitat

Why Work During the Summer?

Summer work provides students the opportunity to participate in work experiences. These opportunities offer:

  • Develops positive work habits
  • Improves social skills
  • Supports independence
  • Opens future work possibilities

Important update to VR summer work for students:  Due to COVID-19, in-person summer work is cancelled, although some programs are offering virtual opportunities. Please read the update​.​

Summer Work Programs

Program Description


Camp LEAD (Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy, Development) is a week-long, immersive leadership camp that helps youth with disabilities develop self-advocacy and social skills while giving them paid work experience and career exposure in the natural resources industry. This camp is made possible through our partnership with Youth Transition Program (YTP), a program within Vocational Rehabilitation, and Oregon State Parks. Camp LEAD serves youth ages 16 to 22.

SWIFT – Summer Work Internship for Transition

SWIFT Summer Work Internship for Transition

SWIFT (Summer Work Internship for Transition) is a seven-week program at Portland State University where students live in the dorms and work at a paid internship. Students from all over Oregon will get a taste of work, independent living and more! In addition, SWIFT students engage in activities and classes for career exploration. They learn work skills and build friendships with peers while gaining confidence and awareness with a focus on their future career goals.

Each participant must be:

  • Between the ages of 16 and 20;
  • YTP Oregon student who has a disability that makes work difficult;
  • Able to work legally in the US;
  • Willing to work hard; and
  • A Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) client in plan by the time the program starts.