June 14, 2016

Project SEARCH seeks internship applicants

Project SEARCH at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an internship program for high school graduates over 18 years old with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Project SEARCH (previously named Project Opportunity) has been at Vanderbilt since 2005 and has placed 89 percent of its graduates in competitive employment (most of them are employed at Vanderbilt). Its classroom is housed at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and its job training occurs at a variety of Vanderbilt locations.

At Project SEARCH, interns are immersed in the workplace where they participate in three 10-week rotations to learn transferable job skills and explore career options. Initiated at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1997 as a way to fill high-turnover positions, while, at the same time, helping young people with disabilities prepare for adult life, Project SEARCH has since grown to more than 300 host sites in 40 states and four countries. 

Project SEARCH is recruiting for its next internship group. The application can be found at http://www.childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org/projectsearch. Interviews are occurring now through June.

Waiver applicants should email their applications to Pam Hollingsworth at P.Hollingsworth@progress-inc.org.

For more information, contact Dana Klebs at dana.klebs@vanderbilt.edu or ProjectSEARCH@vanderbilt.edu, or phone the office at 615-343-7773.