Project SEARCH® Arkansas: ACCESS® Initiative in partnership with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services is an international nine-month internship program for young adults with developmental disabilities who desire sustainable, competitive employment. Project SEARCH provides real-life work experiences combined with training in employability and independent living skills.
In the fall of 2017 St. Bernards Healthcare welcomed 8 interns as part of the St. Bernards Project SEARCH internship program. St. Bernards partners with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and ACCESS to help participants develop skills for competitive employment. Internships are housed within various departments throughout St. Bernards, including Engineering, Nutritional Services, Fitness Center, just to name a few. Interns take part in three ten-week internships at St. Bernards during the 9-month program. Upon completion of the program, Project SEARCH graduates receive follow-along services to assist them on the job.
Founded in 1996, Project SEARCH’s proven training and employment model is currently used in more than 400 programs spanning six countries and multiple industries. The model was developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.