May 18, 2017

Applications deadline approaches for job training program for people with developmental disabilities

Project SEARCH at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an internship program for high school graduates over 18 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!). The classroom is housed at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and 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 actively recruiting its next internship group. The application can be found at Interviews are occurring through June.  

Waiver applicants should email their applications to Pam Hollingsworth at

For more information, contact Dana Klebs at or or 615-343-7773.