Central Arkansas Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH® is an international one-year internship program for individuals with developmental disabilities who desire sustainable, competitive employment. Project SEARCH provides real-life work experiences combined with training in employability and independent living skills.


This fall, UAMS welcomes 13 interns as we launch year two of central Arkansas’ Project SEARCH program, running through May 2015. UAMS partners wi
th Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and ACCESS to help participants develop skills for competitive employment. Internships are housed within various UAMS departments, including campus operations, Center for Diversity Affairs, central supply, endoscopy, fitness center, hand therapy, human resources, information technology, nutrition services, parking operations, patient hospitality and patient transport.

Program participants take part in three internships at UAMS during a year. Upon completion of the program, Project SEARCH® graduates receive follow-along services to help with job placement.

Founded in 1996, Project SEARCH’s proven training and employment model is currently used in more than 150 licensed programs spanning 42 states, four countries and multiple industries. The model was developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

The focus of the program includes:

  • Employability
  • Independent life skills
  • Vocational vocabulary
  • Assistive technology
  • Internship rotations
  • Job coaching
  • Job search assistance
  • Work site accommodations

The benefits of the program include:

  • Internships at local businesses
  • Opportunities to acquire marketable job skills
  • Experience with business norms
  • Increased confidence

Applications for the 2016-2017 UAMS Project SEARCH program will be available in Fall 2015. Interested parties should contact Beth Rice, ACCESS admissions coordinator, at (501) 217-8600 for more information.

Learn more about Project SEARCH at

UAMS Offers Job Training to Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities 

Gov. Beebe Praises Interns in UAMS Project SEARCH

UAMS Project SEARCH Draws Praise from Governor

First Interns Graduate UAMS Project SEARCH Ready to Join Workforce