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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 worksite 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.

DRS Transition is a proud partner with OU-NDCET, National Project Search, and many schools and businesses to bring this program to our Transition students with disabilities.

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 and 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 Sep 09, 2021
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