Cincinnati-based consumer products company Procter & Gamble will partner with Wright State University to offer internships to students with disabilities, according to university officials.
The move will establish a direct connection between Wright State and P&G that could expand into jobs for other students as well, said Jeffrey Vernooy, director of Wright State’s Office of Disability Services, in a media release.
The partnership is an outgrowth of a P&G affinity group, which are employees with common backgrounds such as race, ethnicity and physical disabilities that work with company management to attract qualified job candidates and increase diversity.
The partnership was established through WrightChoice Inc., a Columbus-based group that supplies organizations with underrepresented talent and focuses on internship placement, disability inclusion and diversity training.
In the past, P&G had only come to Wright State to recruit doctoral candidates, officials said.
Other regional universities also will be partners in the P&G program.
P&G is the world’s largest consumer packaged goods company, with $82.6 billion in annual sales and more than 100,000 employees.
Currently, there are about 550 Wright State students with disabilities registered with the university’s Office of Disability Services.