Mayo Clinic Hosts Project SEARCH Internship Virtual Information Night for PVSchools Students

Monday, January 11, 2021

Project SEARCH Internship

Mayo Clinic has partnered with PVSchools to help prepare high school students with intellectual and/or developmental cognitive disabilities for future careers with its transition-to-work Project SEARCH unpaid internship program. 

For the 2021-22 school year, Project SEARCH is accepting applications for students who are 18-22 years old and in their last year of high school eligibility. Interested students should attend the Mayo Clinic’s Virtual Student/Parent Information Night on January 27 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Advance registration is required by visiting After registering, a confirmation email containing information about the webinar will be sent.

“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. Their words, ‘it brings joy and warmth to our hearts’,” said Marcia Edwards, RACR., M.HR, Diversity Recruitment Specialist, Workforce Development for Mayo Clinic. 

About the Project SEARCH Internship

How long is the internship? 
Selected students will participate in the unpaid internship program for nine months.

When will the internship start for students for the 2021-22 school year? 
The internship will begin on Aug. 10.

How many students are accepted into the program? 
Approximately, eight to 12 students will be selected to participate in the internship program.

How many hours do interns work each day/week? 
Interns will work five hours a day; 25 hours a week.

What is the rotation cycle for the internship?
Students will have the opportunity to learn three job functions with a 10-week rotation.

What tasks will be performed during the internship?
Some of the tasks students will perform include housekeeping and laundry, pharmacy clerk, cable maintenance, swapped motherboards, shipping and receiving, sanitize surgical instruments and gurneys, transport patients to appointments, greet patients and visitors, filing, faxing, and special projects.

How do the student interns benefit from the program? 
Participating students will gain marketable skills for competitive employment.

Why should a student apply for the internship program? 
Students participating in the internship will gain different job skills and experience that will assist them to be gainfully employed. Students will learn skills that will allow them to compete with other individuals when applying for jobs. They will learn how to communicate and interact with management and co-workers, as well as learn to be responsible for their actions.

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.