Project SEARCH

Washington DC

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Systems-Change Funding
~~Project SEARCH was originally launched in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Designed to prepare young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for competitive employment, this one-year “school- to-work” transition program now operates over 400 locations in six countries. The Project SEARCH model includes total workplace immersion. Interns participate in daily classroom instruction and on-the-job training, where they receive feedback from teachers, job coaches and employers. Interns gain hands-on work experience at unique business host sites.
DC Project SEARCH is a partnership between SEEC, DC Public Schools, Ivymount School, DC Department on Disability Services / Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the host businesses: National Institutes of Health, Smithsonian Institution, Capital Area Hilton/Embassy Suites DC, and Montgomery County Government. The Project SEARCH program continues to prepare interns with skills that match labor needs in today's integrated workforce.
DC Project SEARCH Eligibility Requirements:
Young adult between 18-30 years old
Have a documented intellectual/developmental disability
Completing final year of high school OR recent high school graduate
Show willingness to take risks, accept critical feed-back, and grow in independence (including travel)
Show a demonstrated commitment to employment and career readiness
Strong attendance record is preferred
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Department of Labor
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