Project Search

Project SEARCH Interns in Housekeeping and Laundry showing off their $25 Walmart Gift Cards earned by surpassing quotas

The High School Transition Program is a one-year internship program for students with disabilities, in their last year of high school. It is targeted for students whose goal is competitive employment. The program takes place in a healthcare, government or business setting where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process as well as the acquisition of employ-ability and marketable work skills.  Students participate in three internships to explore a variety of career paths.  The students work with a team that includes their family, a special education teacher and Rehabilitation Services Administration to create an employment goal and support the student during this important transition from school to work.

BENEFITS of the Project SEARCH Model:

Benefits to the Students:

  •   Participate in a variety of internships within the host  hospital /business
  •   Acquire competitive, transferable and marketable job skills
  •   Gain increased independence, confidence, and self esteem
  •   Obtain work based individualized coaching, instruction and    feedback
  •  Develop linkages to Vocational Rehabilitation and other adult service agencies

Benefits to the Business:

  •   Access to a new, diverse, talent stream with skills that match labor needs
  •   Gain intern/ employees with disabilities who serve as a role model for customers
  •   Access to a demographic of the economy with intense buying power: people with disabilities represent  one of the fastest growing market segments in the US
  •   Experience increased regional and national recognition through marketing of this unique program
  •   Performance and retention in some high-turnover, entry-level positions increase dramatically

For more information about Project SEARCH,

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Metro Public Schools  is partnering with Progress Inc., Vocational Rehabilitation of TN, and our host site is Embassy Suites Nashville at Vanderbilt

If you are interested in applying for Embassy Suites Project SEARCH, here is the application to Project Search, Project SEARCH Brochure and information on Vocational Rehabilitation.  Students must meet the criteria for the program, have an open case file with Voc Rehab and have family support and desire to seek employment at the end of the internship program.


Project SEARCH Brochure

Vocational Rehabilitation