Project SEARCH

A hands-on educational internship experience

The Project SEARCH high school transition program at Prisma Health is a unique, business-led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration and hands-on training through worksite rotations.

The Project SEARCH experience

Our Project SEARCH program takes place at Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital and provides real-life work experience to help young adults with significant disabilities make successful transitions from school to adult life.

Program overview

Project SEARCH at Prisma Health runs for one school year and is open to 18-21 year old adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our on-site staff includes an instructor and two skills trainers. Rotations include three unpaid internships to gain transferrable job skills, with the goal of full-time community employment for all interns. Students from Lexington-Richland School District 5 are eligible to apply.

Host departments at Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital include:

  • Operating Room
  • Food and Nutrition
  • ICU
  • Medical/Surgical Unit
  • Laboratory
  • Supply and Distribution
  • Imaging
  • Sterile Processing
  • Pre-Op and Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
  • Environmental Services

Community partners

This is truly a partnership program and we are fortunate to partner with the following community agencies:

For questions or to learn more about Project SEARCH at Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital, please email Kathryn Harris.

Learn more about the national Project SEARCH program »

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