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Project SEARCH

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The mission of Penn State Health Project SEARCH is to provide a business-led program where students with a wide range of developmental disabilities can learn relevant, marketable skills through innovative workforce and career development in an integrated setting with a goal for successful competitive employment of each Project SEARCH intern.

The Penn State Hershey Project SEARCH High School Transition Program features a unique, business-led, school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace, Hershey Medical Center. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and relevant job-skills training through strategically designed internships.  The goal for each student participant is competitive employment. 

Apply today to participate in Project SEARCH!
The application for the 2024-2025 school year is now open!

Project SEARCH Application



Project SEARCH student working in medical field
Two Project Search Students with a comfort cart
Project SEARCH student working in a grocery store.
Project SEARCH student serving food

What is the goal?

With the goal of competitive employment, each student receives classroom instruction and hands-on experience through internships in up to three departments at Penn State Health.  Employment searches are done throughout the program year to find suitable jobs within the intern’s community.

We are a partnership

PennState Health
Capital Area Intermediate Unit
PennState College of Medicine
Project SEARCH
Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry: Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

More Information


Phone: 717-531-0003 x 289893


Staff Information

Kirsti Porter

Christian Wright
Skills Trainer

Additional Contacts

Tim Dorsey
Program Supervisor

Melissa Milano

Business Liaison

Rosanny Reyes
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Download Project SEARCH Brochure