About CEO

"The CEO Program is integral to ensuring not only that our students with disabilities get the best education possible but also that they are prepared to compete in the new economy that is emerging in the District of Columbia.”

– Former Mayor, Vincent Gray

About CEO

Competitive Employment Opportunities (CEO) is a mentorship/internship program for high school students with disabilities. Every student in the CEO Program is paired with a mentor who works in a career field of interest to that student.  From January to May, students undergo after-school professional developments and mentoring sessions. Professional developments occur twice per month; students spend these eight sessions learning workplace communication, personal finance, public speaking, and other professional skills. Over the course of eight mentoring sessions, which also occur twice per month, students collaborate with their mentors to create a project that focuses on the student’s career of interest. Students present these projects in May. Every student who successfully completes the professional development and mentoring series is then eligible for an 80-hour summertime internship at their mentor’s place of employment.