DSP is committed to supporting students with disabilities in all aspects of their program including External Work Placements (EWPs).  An EWP is a required academic internship/externship experience attached to a specific course within a program.  Programs at USC may refer to the EWP in different language including, but not limited to: clerkships (law), fieldwork (MSW), practicum (Rossier), clinicals (Occupational Therapy) or rotations (Keck).

For students approved for, and wishing to utilize, EWP Accommodations you will need to generate Accommodation Letters for your EWP, following the same process as class-related Accommodation Letters.  Please review and follow the process described on the How to Generate Accommodation Letters section of this site.

Once you request your letters through MyDSP, your DSP Specialist will verify that the courses you have selected have an external work component and provide a final approval within the system. This will allow you to finalize and download your letters. You will need to provide the EWP Accommodation Letter to the designated person within your department of study. Please check with your department of study to determine the main point of contact for receiving the letters and implementing accommodations. We also recommend that you schedule a time to discuss your accommodations with your USC/departmental contact.

  • Inform your USC supervisor and DSP Specialist right away if you have concerns regarding implementation of your accommodations.
  • Inform your DSP Specialist as soon as possible if you believe additional accommodations may be necessary.

Important Note: All students must meet the technical standards and essential requirements of the department and of the external work placement with or without reasonable accommodation.