Eligibility and Application FAQs

  • Are these paid internships? No, Project SEARCH interns are not paid. This experience is specifically directed at helping the interns learn the complex tasks and employability skills that will increase their marketability in the wider community.
  • What are the eligibility criteria? Potential interns should be 21 years of age or older, OPWDD Waiver eligible, ACCES-VR eligible, and have the goal of integrated, competitive employment upon graduation from Project SEARCH. Project SEARCH is a one-year program only. Individuals who are planning to go back to school before seeking employment should delay applying until they have finished their full time education.
  • What about individuals using Self-Directed Funds? Self-directed funds can be used to pay the transition program fee under IDGS, which covers the morning and afternoon class sessions, planning and advising, support from our internship and employment coordinator, and access to social and recreational activities on campus through our Peer-to-Peer project. Self-directed funds can also be used to register for internships.
  • Will interns be supervised on site? Interns will be supervised by department staff. Job coaches and the coordinator will rotate among internship sites during the program day. There will be no one-to-one supervision, although interns may have access to interpreters and/or direct care staff for individual needs.
  • How does this program work with ACCES-VRACCES-VR can provide job coaching supports for part of the time that the student is in the internship.  The job coach and ACCES-VR coordinator work closely with SU’s Internship and Employment Coordinator.  Job coaching is a separate part of the day from the transition program.  ACCES-VR can also help as students enter the work world after graduation.  Our team at SU can help connect you to ACCES-VR during the application process to see if you are also eligible for job coaching.
  • What is the process for applying? Complete the attached application and return it to Brianna Shults, 311 Huntington Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244 or email signed and scanned application to bmshults@syr.edu. Applicants will be contacted for an interview.
  • What is the timeline for start-up? We are currently accepting students for Fall 2017.