Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH connects young adults and adults with special needs with work opportunities to help provide employment training and prepare them for competitive employment and a successful adult life.

Project_Search_6.jpgSheppard Pratt is proud to partner with Anne Arundel County Public School System (AACPS), The Arc (Central Chesapeake Region and Baltimore), DORS, and Service Coordination, Inc. to offer work internships for young adults at Anne Arundel Medical Center and The BWI Hilton Hotel, and for adults at Northwest Hospital. Through Project SEARCH, a business-led transition program, people with special needs, typically high school seniors, experience complete workplace immersion. The program combines classroom instruction, career exploration, and relevant training during a 30-week, non-paid internship.

Known as ‘interns’ during their work experiences, our young adults and adults are equipped with the skills needed to make a successful transition from school to productive adult life. While enrolled in one of the Project SEARCH work sites, interns have the opportunity to experience various jobs based on their interests and strengths. The goal for each intern is employment, with individual job placement towards the completion of the program being the ultimate goal.

Project_Search_10.jpgThe Project SEARCH team consists of a special educator, vocational program assistant, job coach, and the staff of the host business. The selection committee makes every effort to place interns at their preferred business site; however, if the site is at full capacity, the intern may be offered alternative placement. Transportation is provided to and from the job site for each intern.

At Project SEARCH, we know that the right employment fit means a greater sense of purpose for our interns, and greater peace of mind for their families. That’s why our team works together to do all we can to ensure a positive experience for your loved one that will allow them to grow and be an active member of their community.


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