Project SEARCH Out-of-School Youth Employability Skills Training Program

Project Search 2019-2020

Project SEARCH Out-of-School Youth Employability Skills Training Program

Northwestern Medicine is pleased to partner with Project SEARCH to offer a dedicated program focused on providing continuing education and training to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is accomplished through an innovative workforce and career development model that benefits the individual, workplace, and community.

The primary goal of the program is to prepare each intern for competitive employment upon completion of this skill-building experience.

Through a non-paid internship format, this nine-month program, hosted at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, is geared towards 10-12 young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who have received a high school diploma or equivalent prior to the program start date.

At Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, there is dedicated Project SEARCH learning center lead by an employability instructor and supported by on-site skills trainers. To further enhance the intern’s total immersion in the workplace, participants take part in three, 10-week skills training sessions exploring a variety of career paths while learning transferable job skills for industries within and outside of healthcare.

Program Dates: September 9, 2019 – May 18, 2020

Example Monday through Friday Schedule:

Time Activity
7:45-8:45am Project SEARCH Colleagues and Staff Meeting: Employability Skills
9:00am-2:00pm Department Immersion Skills Training (includes lunch)
2:00 pm Return to the learning center to review day and tomorrow's plan
2:15 pm Depart

Project SEARCH is driven by a collaboration with the following community partners all centered on providing employment opportunities to young adults with disabilities:

  • Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
  • Project SEARCH
  • Parents Alliance Employment Project
  • Waubonsee Community College

Project SEARCH graduates receive effective follow-along services to gain and retain employment after they successfully complete the program.

Our goal is for 100 percent of our students to achieve employment within our community.

Please review the below information to confirm that you meet the qualifications.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Applicants must be within eligible age range of 18-24.
  2. Applicants who reside in Kane, DeKalb and Kendall Counties will be given priority. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.
  3. Applicants who desire to work competitively at the end of the Project SEARCH program.
  4. Applicants who will benefit from participation in a variety of skill-building experiences.
  5. Applicants who are independent with self-care and medication management (if applicable).
  6. Applicants who can self-monitor on a 1:4 ratio of support.
  7. Applicants who have access to independent transportation to/from Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.

Application Check List

*Please note: The following required documents must be attached to your email with the completed application and submitted for consideration.

  • Proof of disability (attach one of the following):
    • Individual plan for employment (IPE)
    • IEP records from school
    • DRS counselor's name and phone number
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Resume


Timeline for Applications

  • Applications for 2019-2020 program:
    • Program dates: September 9, 2019 – May 18, 2020
  • Complete applications accepted: Now through June 10, 2019
  • Applicants invited to interview: By June 10, 2019
  • Applicant interviews: June 13, 2019
  • Applicants notified of selection: June 18, 2019

If selected, candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check and health screening.

Project SEARCH is an affirmative action/equal opportunity program and does not discriminate in the selection process on the basis of age, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender identify, veteran status, disability or sexual orientation.