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 welcomed 12 interns as we launched central Arkansas’ first Project SEARCH program, running through May 2014. UAMS partnered with 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:
- 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
Learn more about Project SEARCH at www.projectsearch.us.