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Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a business-led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely in a business setting and includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on work experiences and on-the-job training. It is currently hosted in multiple Federal Government Agencies and on one University campus.

DC Project SEARCH, in a partnership with the DC Public Schools, DC Department on Disability Services, and the US Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, provides the disabled community with the tools to prepare individuals to seek work.

"This DC launch of Project SEARCH at several federal job sites has been very successful due to the enthusiasm and commitment that our federal partners have shown in hosting the interns. The federal government has been a model employer for this program and demonstrated a sincere commitment to the employment of persons with disabilities,"

Laura L. Nuss, Director of the Department on Disability Services which initiated the program through their Rehabilitation Services Administration.

Project SEARCH Admissions Criteria

  • Must be on the IEP Certificate Track
  • Students must agree that their participation in this program will conclude their enrollment in school
  • The minimum age for the program is 18 and the maximum age is 21
  • Strong attendance record is preferred
  • Desire to work in an office setting

For more information about Project SEARCH or to learn more about the application process, please email Deirdre Williams ([email protected]) or call (202) 442-4800.