What internship opportunities are available?
Placement is dependent upon the intern’s strengths, abilities and interests. Placements are identified on a case-by-case basis. As Project SEARCH expands into the community, additional internship opportunities may be identified.
Internships provided through Main Line Health include:
Internships provided through TransCare Mainline, Inc. include the following:(these internships are offered for the 2nd and 3rd rotations within the program)
Is transportation provided to Project SEARCH?
No. The intern is responsible for transportation to and from Project SEARCH.
How long is each rotation?
Each rotation is 12 weeks in length. During the 8th week of each rotation, interns will meet with the Project SEARCH team, OVR and support system to begin the process of selecting the next placement.
What if I choose an internship and after I try it I do not like
If an intern begins an internship and all parties involve determine it is not a good fit, the intern does not have to stay in that rotation. The intern will be reassigned to a more appropriate match.
Are the internship rotations paid positions?
Are interns required to receive a flu shot?
It is mandatory that all employees, interns and volunteers throughout Main Line Health receive a flu shot.
What does a typical day include?
During the first internship the interns will participate in classroom education at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. They will then participate in their internships from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. During their second and third internships the interns will participate in their internships from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, the interns will participate in classroom support from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to review their rotation and complete journaling activities. They will then participate in their internships from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Friday session will depend on the intern’s internship location and transportation.
How many days a week does Project SEARCH operate?
Five days each week; Monday through Friday.
What if an intern has an outside appointment, do interns get
The program is developed to be flexible enough so interns can continue to participate in routine medical appointments and therapy appointments. It will be important to inform the Project SEARCH Coordinator of any routine appointments so that the program can be adjusted as necessary.
What is appropriate work attire?
Interns are expected to have a clean, neat appearance and should dress according to the requirements of their position, as outlined by their department’s specific dress code. Clothing, hair, fingernails and jewelry should be neat, clean, safe and otherwise suitable for a healthcare environment.
Do interns bring their own lunch?
Interns may bring their lunch or purchase lunch in the cafeteria, if the internship site has a cafeteria. Interns are encouraged to eat with their co-workers and peers at the internship sites.
What is a job coach?
A job coach provides support to the intern and their department. A job coach is responsible for ensuring that each intern completes assigned tasks properly. The job coach reports complications and challenges to the Project SEARCH Coordinator. The job coach facilitates conflict resolution and will help develop strategies that support interns in completing their responsibilities independently. The goal of job coaching support is to fade out and the intern will be independent in their tasks. Once the job coaches fade out, the intern will have the natural support of the peer mentor.Job Coaching support is provided to all interns during their internship rotations. As long as an intern secures employment, either during their internships or during the supported job development time frame, job coaching support will be provided through Project SEARCH.
What is a peer mentor?
A peer mentor is an employee of the business partner. They will be the identified natural support for the intern. They will complete the initial training of the intern. They will be the go-to person in the department if the intern has any questions. The peer mentor will also meet with the intern and Project SEARCH staff on a routine basis (weekly or bi-weekly) to ensure that everything is going smoothly and all issues/concerns are resolved.
Is job placement guaranteed at the conclusion of the program?
No. However, if the intern meets the requirements for an available position, they are encouraged to apply. Interns can complete additional job development during their time in the program.
What if Project SEARCH is not a fit for me?
Interns can leave the program at any time.
Do interns have to wait until the end of the program to begin a
No. Interns can initiate a job search anytime once it is determined that they are qualified for employment. If they are successful in securing a job during their program, they are encouraged to resign from Project SEARCH and begin their new employment.
What does my Project SEARCH program look like once I secure
Once an intern secures employment their internship rotations will conclude and they are not required to attend classroom on Fridays. The intern will focus solely on their employment. Job coaching support will be offered to all interns as long as they secure employment during their internship rotations or during their supported job searching time fame. The program coordinator will stay in contact with the intern on a weekly basis or as needed to ensure a smooth transition as well as provide any support. Project SEARCH will continue support throughout 90 calendar days of employment.
What if an intern misses a day?
If an intern misses a day, he or she is responsible to schedule time with the Project SEARCH Coordinator to review what was missed and determine how to make up the work.
What screening does the program complete?
All interns are referred to the program by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), which is a government agency that helps people with disabilities become productive members of society. Each intern has been referred as an appropriate candidate by the professional rehabilitation counselors at OVR. Project SEARCH completes criminal background checks, child abuse clearances and drug screens for all interns. All interns receive a TB screening and a flu vaccination (during flu season).
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