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Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is an internship program that places young adults with special needs in a real working environment, giving them skills to prepare for the workforce. The goal of the program is community-based employment for clients. Through total workplace immersion, clients experience a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and relevant job-skills training obtained through strategically designed internships. While at their internships, participants receive follow-along job support services with the goal of becoming independent at their sites. Internships take place at Des Moines Area Community College and Mercy Medical Center. Clients enrolled in DMACC Project SEARCH must have a high school diploma or GED.

Project SEARCH serves adults age 18 or older who have graduated from high school and have been diagnosed with a developmental and/or intellectual disability in Polk and surrounding counties.

Funding Accepted: Amerigroup, UnitedHealthcare, Fee for Service/HIPP Medicaid Waiver , Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services Funding and Private Pay. If funded via a waiver, must also be funded through Polk County. 

Apply for this program by contacting Intake Coordinator Renee Bell at rbell@eastersealsia.org or calling 515-309-1783. Those applying for DMACC Project SEARCH should complete this application.

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