The Employment Support Program (ESP) is a supplemental offering to the main, or core, CSP, that provides University-based employment support. The ESP is an optional, but highly encouraged additional program to the main CSP. Those enrolled in the ESP will have opportunities to explore and define necessary skills to prepare for the end of their journey as an undergraduate student, as well as seek out new experiences and connections to kick-start their post-graduate career. Please note: enrollment in the ESP does not guarantee employment.
The ESP offers the following supports in preparation for entering the workplace:
Students will begin with self-awareness, such as self-advocacy, appropriate disclosure, and development of personal skills, communication (including presenting and working in a team), professionalism, flexibility (handling change), and work-life balance.
Continuous encouragement will be provided as students gather references; track outreach to professors, advisors, deans, and alumni; search career paths; and develop career exploration plans. The students enrolled in the ESP will learn at their own pace. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in career readiness meetings with an individual employment coordinator in which they will search for, apply for, and maintain a job or internship on-campus, contingent on them accepting support from CSP staff. Additionally, practical knowledge in budgeting and financial literacy and planning will be of focus for life after CSP.
- Third-year student or above
- GPA of 3.0 or above
- Must be a core CSP student prior to enrollment
- Prior demonstration of independence in most aspects of self-help, communication, and community navigation as determined by CSP Coordinator
*Program requirements are subject to change based on the CSP Program Coordinator’s discretion; admission may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
- Core CSP: $3,500 per semester/$7,000 per academic year (a minimum one year commitment)
- Supplemental ESP: $1,500 per semester/$3,000 per academic year
- Total: $5,000 per semester/$10,000 per academic year
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester||Total Cost|
|CSP + ESP||$5,000||$5,000||$10,000|
Courtney Butler, MS, BCBA
Program Coordinator, College Support Program
Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services
Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology