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. Some examples of internship job titles and types of work include:

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

Community impact

Many Project SEARCH interns have already gone onto stable and productive full and part-time jobs with companies and organizations like Acero Precision CHOP, , throughout Main Line Health, Maris Grove, Paoli Pharmacy, Safe Circuit, Wegmans, YMCA , various community doctor offices and many more. Their job titles include:

  • Assembly Technician
  • Child care aide
  • Companion
  • Courier
  • Customer service associate
  • Front desk receptionist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Laundry technician
  • Manufacturing
  • Member Services
  • Office support representative
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Transporter
  • Receptionist
  • 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 484.596.5853.