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Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is an exciting transition program to train adults with disabilities for employment. It is a unique, business-led program that takes place entirely in a host business from September through early June. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration and relevant job skills. 80% of our graduates have found community based employment.

Through a series of three-10 week rotations, interns acquire competitive, marketable and transferable community employment skills. Internship opportunities place the intern within a variety of business settings including hospital clinics and departments, administrative offices, environmental and food distribution. Interns are able to explore interests while learning a variety of skills from Easterseals personnel and host site staff.

In addition to the job skills learned, classroom curriculum includes learning about appropriate interpersonal skills, resume writing, job searching and applications, understanding company policies and attendance, honesty, and appropriate dress. 

This program is a collaboration between Easterseals, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Health Services, local businesses (ProHealth Care Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital), the families and the interns.

For more information on Project SEARCH or to take a tour, contact us.

Project SEARCH was developed in 1996 by Nurse J. Erin Riehle, then the Director of the Emergency Department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. As the flagship program, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital provides technical assistance for replication and overall leadership to Project SEARCH worldwide.

For more information contact:

Allyson O'Leary
(262) 953-2206

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“We love Project SEARCH – and the wins continue to come for us. There is inherent value for patients and for families. There is value and pride for our employees who want to be part of great futures for children. It is a win for the wonderful interns. Plus it is good for the soul.

~ Peggy Niemer, Vice President – Service Excellence, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

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