An immersive program for high school students, Project SEARCH provides employment and educational opportunities for final year high school students with significant disabilities.
Project SEARCH / Indiana originated at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. For additional information about the Project SEARCH National database, visit their website at www.projectsearch.us.
In our community, it is a collaborative effort with the following agencies:
- State of Indiana, Family and Social Services Administration – Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
- Community Health Network
- Easterseals Crossroads
- Indianapolis Public Schools
- Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township
- Metropolitan School District of Warren Township
- Indiana University / Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
Project SEARCH / Indiana accepts students whose main goals are competitive employment. The program takes place at two locations – Community Hospital East and Community Hospital North – where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the learning process through continuous feedback, application of new skills, job coaching and worksite accommodations.
What should I expect during my day at Project SEARCH / Indiana?
Interns spend the first few weeks in classrooms learning the requirements to begin their first rotations inside the hospitals. During the rotations, interns spend the first hour of each day in classrooms gaining valuable knowledge and learning employability skills to be successful candidates for competitive employment.
Interns will complete three rotations within the hospitals in areas where their skills and abilities will be utilized to increase employability. Each rotation will last 11 weeks. Prior to a rotation, interns will participate in interviews with the department managers and/or clinical directors to provide real life interviewing experience.