What is project search?

Project SEARCH is an internationally recognized program dedicated to building a workforce that includes people with disabilities. Its business partnerships benefit the individual, the community and the workplace. The program was established in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to address staff turnover in entry-level support positions. The successful model has been replicated in hospitals, banks, universities and businesses in more than 500 locations in the U.S. and abroad.


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Designed as a 9-month unpaid internship program, Norse Project SEARCH places interns in real-world work settings where they learn all aspects of gaining and maintaining employment. A series of three 10-12 week internships allows interns to explore careers and develop marketable job skills.

They receive support from department mentors, skills trainers and worksite accommodations and adaptations. The ultimate goal is for each intern to secure competitive employment within their community. The program provides individualized job development that is based on the intern’s experiences, strengths, and skills. For more information, visit www.projectsearch.us

Departments on campus that have partnered with Norse Project SEARCH:

  • HR Department
  • IT Department
  • Campus Recreation Center
  • Facilities Management
  • Early Childhood Center
  • Biology Lab/Greenhouse
  • Biopsychology Lab
  • Health Counseling & Student Wellness
  • SMG, BB&T Arena
  • Teacher Education