Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH at Kennedy Krieger Institute

Project SearchProject 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 Institute is a total workplace immersion in which the intern participates in a combination of employment training workshops and three 10-week internship rotations. Project SEARCH is a non-paid internship experience. The Project SEARCH model was founded in 1996 at the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center and has been replicated throughout the U.S. and internationally.

The cornerstone of Project SEARCH at Kennedy Krieger Institute is total immersion within the Kennedy Krieger Institute Hospital.  Interns report to the Kennedy Krieger Institute Hospital daily to learn employability skills in the Employment Training Center, while participating in a variety of internships/experiences. Managers/Mentors at the internship site work with the Project SEARCH staff to support the interns during the day. Interns end their day with reflection, problem solving and planning for the next day.

The goal for each intern is competitive employment. The program provides real-life work experiences combined with training in employability and independent living skills to help individuals with disabilities make successful transitions to a productive adult life. The ultimate goal upon program completion and graduation is to utilize their internship skills for gainful employment.

Each intern participates in three 10-week internships during the year. Being present and on-time to the internship is crucial for success in the program. Interns participate in monthly progress meetings to define their career goal and plan necessary steps to achieve that goal. Interns will work Monday through Friday from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., including an hour and a half daily in the Employment Training Center to continue developing their skills needed for employment, community involvement and independent living. 

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Completed applications should be received by Monday, April 16, 2018. Email completed application packets to Stacey Herman, Director of Post-Secondary Services at HermanSt@KennedyKrieger.org.

Related Materials and Information

Project SEARCH: Benefits for Interns

Project SEARCH: Frequently Asked Questions

Project SEARCH: Frequently Asked Questions for Host Department

Project SEARCH at Kennedy Krieger Institute 2018-2019 Timeline

  • Information Session: Tuesday, March 20
  • Application Suggested Deadline: Monday, April 16
  • Skills Assessment Day: Friday, April 27
  • Acceptance letters sent out: Friday, May 4
  • Welcome Lunch: Thursday, June 21
  • New Intern Orientation:  Date Coming Soon
  • Program Start Date: Monday, August 27

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To learn more about Project SEARCH contact:

Stacey Herman, Director of Post-Secondary Services at Hermanst@KennedyKrieger.org.

Tina Schmitt, Talent Acquisition and Retention Manager  at Schmitt@KennedyKrieger.org

Project SEARCH is driven by collaboration with the following community partners: Kennedy Krieger Institute, School Programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), and Itineris


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