Project SEARCH Program

Project SEARCH

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The Project SEARCH logo incorporates the vision of the program. The Project SEARCH Transition-to-Work Program is a unique, business-led, one-year employment preparation program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Visit Project SEARCH site for further information on the international network of Project SEARCH program.

Project SEARCH is a one-year unpaid internship program for students with disabilities who have earned the Applied Studies Diploma and are between the ages of 18-21. The Project SEARCH Transition-to-Work Program is a unique, business-led, one-year employment preparation program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations. The program culminates in individualized job development. The goal for each program participant is competitive employment. To reach that goal, the program provides real-life unpaid work experience combined with training in employability and independent-living skills to help young people with significant disabilities make successful transitions to productive adult life. The Project SEARCH model involves an extensive period of skills training and career exploration, innovative adaptations, long-term job coaching, and continuous feedback from teachers, skills trainers, and employers.

To learn more about Project SEARCH, please visit Project SEARCH. Click “news” tab to learn how programs are being recognized nationwide. You will be amazed at what the interns are doing at other host business sites.

For more information about UVA Health Medical Center Project SEARCH in Prince William County Public Schools, contact:

Administrative Contacts

David Williams, Ed.S., Supervisor
[email protected]
703-791-8569

Wendy Morris, Administrative Assistant II
[email protected]
703-791-7295

Ann Johnson, Administrative Coordinator
[email protected]
703-791-7876