Project SEARCH at Kennedy Krieger Institute is a 10-month, transition program for individuals 18 through 24 years of age that provides hands-on job training through integrated worksite rotations, career exploration, innovative adaptations and mentoring from experienced staff. Project SEARCH at Kennedy Krieger is based on the original Project SEARCH model that was developed at the Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In 1996, the Project SEARCH model was founded to provide real-life work experiences to young people with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since 1996, Project SEARCH has been replicated in hospitals and host business sites around the world.
Project SEARCH at Kennedy Krieger Institute is a non-paid internship that provides interns with the opportunity to learn employability skills while participating in a variety of workplace experiences. The interns work from approximately 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday. They start each morning with Daily Professional Development in the Employment Training Center (1741 Ashland Avenue building) of the Kennedy Krieger Institute Broadway campus. During Daily Professional Development, the interns work with Project SEARCH staff members to enhance their employability and independent living skills. Daily Professional Development topics include workplace safety, self-advocacy, financial literacy, and health and wellness.
Following Daily Professional Development, the Project SEARCH interns report to their department internships. Each intern participates in three internship rotations that last for about 10 weeks. In these internships, the Project SEARCH interns works with their department mentors and supervisors to complete a variety of daily tasks. We are fortunate at Kennedy Krieger Institute to have interns working in over 15 supportive departments! This real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent living skills helps individuals with disabilities make successful transitions to a productive adult life!
Upon program completion, the ultimate goal for interns to utilize their internships skills to gain competitive employment. This process looks different for each individual and requires support from families, the Project SEARCH team, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute community.
Related Materials and Information:
- Project SEARCH: Benefits for Interns
- Project SEARCH: Frequently Asked Questions
- Project SEARCH: Frequently Asked Questions for Host Department
Project SEARCH – 2020–2021 Upcoming Dates:
- New Intern Orientation: TBD
- Intern-Parent Dinners (For 2020-2021 Cohort)
- September 15, 2020 – Virtual Meeting on Zoom (5 p.m.)
- December 15, 2020 – Employment Training Center (5 p.m.)
- March 16, 2021 – Employment Training Center (5 p.m.)
- Information Nights (For Prospective Interns)
- December 9, 2020 – Employment Training Center (6 p.m.)
- February 10, 2021 – Employment Training Center (6 p.m.)
- Please note: if this Information night is cancelled for inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for March 3, 2021
- March 24, 2021 - Employment Training Center (6 p.m.)
- May 19, 2021 - Skills Assessment Day
- June 3, 2021 - Project SEARCH Graduation, 2020-2021 Cohort
**Program tours provided to prospective candidates upon request. Contact Rebecca March, Project SEARCH Coordinator, at March@KennedyKrieger.org.
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To Learn More About Project SEARCH, contact:
Project SEARCH Coordinator
Director of Post-Secondary Services
Talent Acquisition and Retention Manager
Project SEARCH is driven by collaboration with the following community partners: