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Project SEARCH

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This nationally acclaimed nine month, unpaid internship program provides employability training for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program partners with local businesses who are committed to integrating the interns into their workplace culture.

Apply to Project SEARCH

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Embassy Suites Washington Square
Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center
City of Salem in Marion County

A typical Project Search year

Interns spend three months working in three different departments in a host business. They spend the first hour of their six hour day in a classroom learning valuable job skills, such as: team building, workplace safety, self-advocacy, financial literacy, and more.

Each intern works on a fully integrated team.

A mentor offers advice and feedback in real-time to the intern while they work together. Two skills trainers are on-site to work with the interns, focusing on mastering difficult tasks and building any job aids or accommodations they may need.

The day ends back in the classroom for journaling and a daily debriefing, focusing on successes and challenges of the day with a plan for the following day.

Is Project SEARCH a good fit for you?

  • Do you have the desire to seek competitive employment, with assistance throughout the entirety of the internship and at the completion of the Project SEARCH program?
  • Are you a least 18 years of age at the time of applications?
  • Do you meet eligibility requirements for Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services?
  • Do you meet eligibility requirements for the State of Oregon Developmental Disabilities Services or Brokerage services?
  • Can you provide documentation for legal right to work in the U.S.?
  • Are you willing to participate in the program 6 hours per day, 5 days per week?

How to apply to Project SEARCH

  • Complete the application and submit by the deadline.
  • Attend an information night and ask questions of the staff and current interns.
  • Complete and interview with the Project SEARCH committee.
  • Complete host business required drug, background, and health screening.
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