Project Search - Overlook Medical Center

Project Search - Overlook Medical Center

The Project SEARCH program at Overlook Medical Center is officially recruiting student interns for the 2018-19 school year (Cohort #3).

Project SEARCH is a one-year, intensive, unpaid internship program for students with disabilities in their last year of high school that takes place entirely inside Overlook Medical Center. The program provides students who want to work a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The combination of instruction and immersion in the workplace prepares young adults with disabilities to make successful transitions from school to productive adult life.

Through the course of an academic year, Project SEARCH students participate in employment related instruction and rotate through two to three internships that are individually crafted to capitalize on each student’s individual interests, and vocational goals and potential. Each rotation lasts about 10-12 weeks.

Project SEARCH is a collaborative partnership between business, education, workforce and government agencies, vocational rehabilitation, community rehabilitation providers, long-term support agencies, and families. In Union County, Project SEARCH is coordinated by the Union County Educational Services Commission. True collaboration among partner agencies is essential. This leads to seamless transition services and sustainability through braided funding streams. True collaboration requires a willingness among partner organizations to share resources and adapt policies and procedures. The following are active partners:

UCESC, Overlook Medical Center (Atlantic Health System), NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Project HIRE (Arc of New Jersey), NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities, County of Union (Board of Chosen Freeholders), and NJTIP at Rutgers 

Interested student candidates and their families must apply to be considered for acceptance into the program. Students are referred by their home school district. The program anticipates having 9 student intern spots available for the 2018-19 school year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are due by April 27, 2018.

7 out of 9 students from Project SEARCH-OMC’s Cohort #1 are now competitively employed in the community. 

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