Classroom instruction is a valuable introduction to a real-world job, but nothing prepares Project SEARCH interns better than hands-on experience. By practicing the tasks they will need upon finding a job, interns of Project SEARCH prepare to meet and exceed on-the-job goals.

Real work experience: our approach

Project SEARCH interns can choose from a variety of industries and roles to fit their interests and abilities. The Project SEARCH team works with interns to determine the best fit, but if a participant begins an internship and all parties determine that it’s not a good fit, the intern will be reassigned to a role that is a better match.

Internship opportunities are individualized based on the intern’s strengths, interests and abilities. Possible internship job titles and types of work include:

  • Cafeteria: retail stocking
  • Child care aide
  • Clerical/filing work in a variety of settings
  • Customer service
  • Data entry
  • Distribution: stocking supplies
  • Environmental services teams
  • Facilities maintenance assistance
  • Filing clerk and scanner
  • Food service assistant (prep work, catering and hosting)
  • Human resources assistant
  • Information clerk
  • Laboratory technician
  • Laundry technician
  • Mail room associate
  • Member services associate
  • Office support representative
  • Patient activity assistance or rehabilitation clinical support
  • Patient transporter
  • Receptionist
  • Rehabilitation technician
  • Sterile processing
  • Store associate

View a full list of internship job descriptions

Community impact

Many Project SEARCH interns have already gone onto stable and productive full and part-time jobs with companies and organizations like YMCA, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Main Line Health, Wegmans, Sodexo, Sprint, Maris Grove, hibu, various community doctor offices and many more. Their job titles include:

  • Campaign coordinator
  • Child care aide
  • Companion
  • Courier
  • Customer service associate
  • Filing clerk
  • Front desk receptionist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Laundry technician
  • Office support representative
  • Transporter
  • Retail sales representative
  • Therapy aide
  • Wellness Center associate

For more detailed information about the internships and job opportunities achieved through Project SEARCH, contact our Program Coordinator at 484.596.5406.