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. Des Moines Public Schools and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation have also partnered with Easter Seals Iowa to provide internships at Mercy Medical Center. Clients enrolled in DMACC Project SEARCH must have a high school diploma or GED.
To apply for DMACC Project SEARCH download our Program Application. Mercy Project SEARCH clients must be referred by Des Moines Public Schools. Contact Renee Bell for additional information at 515-309-1783.