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Are you a student who has a disability between the age of 18 to 24 and want to earn some work experience? Project SEARCH may be for you.

This program introduces a group of young adults to the workplace with real world job experiences over the course of nine months through a nonpaid internship. Youth will be exposed to various job skills and positions over three 10-week rotations. Don’t worry we’ve got your back with on-the-job coaching and work site accommodations.

Don’t miss out on experiencing a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration and on-the-job-training with support from professional Project SEARCH staff.

Benefit to Participants

  • Acquire competitive and marketable job skills
  • Gain increased independence, confidence and self-esteem
  • Obtain on-site and individualized instruction and support
  • Receive job placement assistance after program graduation
  • Gain successful, independent community employment

Eligibility Criteria for Project SEARCH

  • Must have an employment goal instead of attending college
  • Must be 18 years of age (before or during program year)
  • Have a disability and eligible for DRS services
  • Ability to take direction and change behavior
  • Be able to communicate
  • Able to pass drug and felony screening (if applicable)
  • Have updated immunizations
  • Willingness to access independent transportation options
  • Willingness to utilize acquired skills to obtain independent community employment

Project SEARCH originated with the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and is a one-year, worksite-based school-to-work program. Check out the national Project SEARCH website.

For more information contact DRS Transition Coordinator at 405 951-3488.

Programs and locations

Francis Tuttle Technology Center 

  • Mercy Hospital in OKC
  • INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in OKC 

Oklahoma City Public Schools 

  • INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center in OKC

Moore Public Schools

  • Norman Regional Hospital - Health Plex in Norman

Norman Public Schools

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton in Norman

Canadian Valley Technology Center

  • INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital in Yukon

Enid Public Schools

  • INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center in Enid

OU – Oklahoma Project SEARCH  

National Project SEARCH 

Be an employer that makes a difference, join Project SEARCH

Calling all businesses who need some diverse entry-level employees? Consider being a host organization for Project SEARCH. Share your knowledge with tomorrow’s future.

Give youth with disabilities an opportunity to gain valuable work experience through internships with on-the-job coaching and worksite accommodations.

Learn what it takes to be an inclusive workplace for all individuals – customers and employees.

For more information contact DRS Transition Coordinator at 405 951-3488.

Benefits to Organization

  • Access to a new talent stream with skills that match the labor needs
  • Exemplifies the organization’s diversity mission
  • Enhances the social environment
  • Impacts the future’s workforce through this low cost, low risk opportunity
  • Experience increased local, regional and national recognition through marketing of this unique program
Last Modified on Apr 20, 2021
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