Project SEARCH

This nationally acclaimed nine-month internship program provides employability training and education for individuals with cognitive disabilities. The program occurs onsite at 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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It has not only been a delight to work with the interns but Pearl Buck Center has made Project Search a true partnership. There has been no challenge that we have had to deal with. All there has been is positive outcomes, above and beyond what we expected.

-Sharri DaSilva, Director of Volunteer Services 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.