Project SEARCH

Due to COVID-19, Project Search is currently operating via Zoom classes. For more information, please contact us at 541-484-4666 or

This nationally acclaimed nine-month internship program provides employability training and education for individuals with cognitive disabilities. The program occurs in partnership with a business which has the commitment to support people with disabilities in the workplace.


Interns begin the academic year with two weeks of classroom instruction to prepare for the initial internship placement. Once the internships begin, interns spend six hours onsite with an hour each day in the classroom working on the topics listed below and return at the conclusion of the work day to debrief about their day, ask questions and receive coaching. The end goal is to secure employment, utilizing the skills gained during the program.

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I cannot express enough what a blessing Pearl Buck Center has been for our department. By taking over many of the simpler tasks in our department, the caregivers from Pearl Buck Center have allowed our staff to increase the time we spend on direct patient care. The partnership has benefited our patients and the morale of the department.

- Amanda Harden, Patient Access Manager PeaceHealth
Thank you to our community partners

Project SEARCH is a partnership between Pearl Buck Center, PeaceHealth SacredHeart Medical Center, Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the Oregon Department of Human Services. Special thanks to SELCO Community Credit Union for sponsoring the program.