What is Project Search?
Project Search is a nationally acclaimed program designed to transition
students with intellectual and developmental disabilities into employment
through internships at local businesses. East Tennessee Children’s
Hospital has participated in Tennessee’s Project Search for six
years. The year long program provides adults with disabilities the education
and experience they need for successful employment.
Project Search interns spend five days per week for nine months at the
hospital immersed in coursework and rotating between three different job
specialties. Each day, interns receive at least one hour of classroom
instruction on vocational, social, and independent living skills. Consistent
onsite staff ensures students learn relevant, marketable skills in a real
life work setting. The Project Search is also an opportunity to build
confidence and character. Once interns graduate from the program and are
placed with a local employer, Project Search Knoxville continues to be
a support system for them by checking on their progress.
Who Can Apply?
Must be over 18 years old
- Have a desire to work
- Undergo a background test
- Be eligible for funding
Funding is available for Project Search interns who are:
- Eligible for supported employment level services from the Tennessee Department
of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
- Eligible for community based day services from the Tennessee Department
of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
- Eligible for services from the Bureau of TennCare’s Employment and
Community First CHOICES program which is administered by Amerigroup, BlueCare
and United Healthcare.
80% placement rate
- Social opportunities
- Real world experience