Project SEARCH interns

Project SEARCH Wraps Up its Inaugural Year

Wednesday , May 26 , 2021

Congratulations Project Search Interns

To commemorate the completion of the inaugural Project SEARCH Internship, a partnership between the Mayo Clinic and PVSchools, a celebration ceremony was held on May 19. To help celebrate the accomplishments of the interns, were their parents, as well as representatives from Mayo Clinic and PVSchools Special Education Department.

During the 2020-21 school year, special education students were accepted to participate in the Project SEARCH internship. Interns worked 25 hours a week and learned job functions with a 10-week rotation. Students performed various tasks, including housekeeping and laundry, pharmacy clerk, cable maintenance, swapping motherboards, shipping and receiving, sanitizing surgical instruments and gurneys, transporting patients to appointments, greeting patients and visitors, filing, faxing, and special projects.

“Project SEARCH is not just beneficial for the interns, it is definitely beneficial for the departments that participate in the rotations. The staff has shared how much they like having the interaction and what the interns bring to the department in regards to work ethic and personality,” said Marcia Edwards, RACR., M.HR, Diversity Recruitment Specialist, Workforce Development for Mayo Clinic. 

Six of the Project SEARCH interns have already been hired by various employers in the community.

About Project Search

The Mayo Clinic Arizona (MCA) Project SEARCH program is a collaborative effort between Mayo Clinic and the Paradise Valley Unified School District. It is an evidence-based one-year unpaid internship program for high school students with intellectual and/or developmental cognitive disabilities with the goal of providing integrated, competitive employment for each intern within the community that matches their interests and abilities. 

Project SEARCH was established in 2020 at the Mayo Clinic Phoenix location and was established at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minn. four years ago. It has been an ongoing program at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Wisconsin for six years.