Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a comprehensive approach to employment training and career advancement for individuals with developmental disabilities. The program provides real world skills training through a series of internships, all designed to teach marketable skills that will transfer to a variety of employment settings.

Project Search 2014 Graduation Video

In the Monadnock region, the program is hosted at Cheshire Medical Center and is a collaboration with area partners:  Monadnock Developmental Services, Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions, and NH Vocational Rehabilitation.

Each internship is structured to teach complex, systematic skills that are competitive, marketable, and transferable. At Cheshire Medical Center, interns have worked and assisted with various administrative support projects in: Nutrition, Farnum Inpatient and Outpatient Physical Therapy, Oncology, Mailroom, Orthopaedics, Medical Records, Environmental Services, Intensive Care Unit, Gastroenterology, Specialty Medicine, Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), Community Health, and Volunteer Services.

Project SEARCH Background

Project SEARCH (Students Exploring Alternative Resources Children's Hospital) originated at the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati in 1996. The hospital wanted to diversify its workforce and create an opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to obtain marketable employment skills. Since then, Project SEARCH has grown to over 200 sites across 42 states and four countries. There are six Project SEARCH sites in New Hampshire.

Click Here to learn more about Project SEARCH and to apply for the program.