Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2024


Brigid Beachler

Cornell Affiliations:

Industrial and Labor Relations


Opportunity Description

The Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability (YTI) in the Cornell University ILR School, conducts a unique combination of research and outreach. While our research provides the science to move communities forward around disability inclusion, our outreach communicates that information and creates meaningful change in areas such as work, education, training, and community life. YTI currently has 65 staff and faculty that are a multi-disciplinary team that focuses on maximizing the full inclusion of people with disabilities in work, education, training, and community life.

A ILR summer fellow would support work on a set of environmental scans for an YTI project, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network ( The scans would focus on one or more of the following topics: 1) reasonable accommodation policy and practice in the Federal sector; 2) accessibility policy and practice in the Federal sector; 3) maturity models to assess progress in workplace DEIA efforts; 4) workplace mental health interventions. The environmental scans will use a variety of data sources including policy documents, survey data, federal reports, peer-reviewed literature, and grey literature. Each project will use a systematic approach to data collection and analysis.

Literature review tasks may include:

  1. Collecting full text articles via search strategy and enter into Mendeley, an online reference manager,
  2. Entering articles into Covidence, an online systematic review tool,
  3. Working with team members on inclusion and exclusion of articles by title and abstract and then by full text review.
  4. Work with team on data extraction from retained set of articles,
  5. Support writing of environmental scan reports.

Document review tasks may include:

  1. Collecting agency documents (e.g., accommodation policy and procedure)
  2. Coding and cataloging text from documents in a database 
  3. Conduct document review for similarities and differences among Federal agencies
  4. Support writing of environmental scan reports.