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The Goal: Independent adults working in a competitive environment 
Now Accepting Applications to Atlantic Health Newton & Hackettstown

Transitioning Students with Disabilities to Work

Project SEARCH is a one-year, business-led, unpaid internship program for students with disabilities in their last year of high school that takes place entirely at a host business site. It provides students who want to work a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The combination of instruction and immersion in the workplace prepares young adults with disabilities to make successful transitions from school to productive adult life.

Basic Eligibility Criteria

  • 18-21 years old

  • In last year of high school

  • All academic requirements for graduation met

  • Agree to accept diploma at successful completion of program

  • Basic communication skills (verbal or supported by technology)

  • Appropriate social, grooming, and hygiene skills

  • Able to pass drug screening and background check

  • Updated immunizations

  • Ability to access and willingness to use independent transportation options

  • Have independent living skills and lunch routine

  • Meet eligibility requirements for Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)

  • Maintain appropriate behavior in the workplace

  • Ability to take direction and change behavior if necessary

  • Desire to be competitively employed


To set up a tour or for more information contact: 

John O'Hara

Supervisor of SLE/Project SEARCH
Sussex County Educational
Services Commission

Cell: 973-222-1671

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