Career Awareness

Project SEARCH

Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota

Mayo Clinic Project SEARCH is for students with developmental cognitive disabilities who are in their last year of high school eligibility, between ages 18-21 and enrolled in Rochester Public Schools in Minnesota. The goal of Project SEARCH is competitive, integrated employment for each student intern.

The Mayo Clinic Project SEARCH site in Rochester, Minnesota is a partnership between the Rochester Public Schools, Mayo Clinic, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Olmsted County Disability Services with supports from the Project SEARCH State Leadership Team.

Program Description:

  • One academic year
  • Six to eight students in their final year of educational programming
  • Hours approximately 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Experience in three 10 week unpaid internships
  • Gain employability and specific work skills
  • Customized job search assistance for each intern
  • Outcome of employment

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

  • 18 – 21 years old
  • Developmental Cognitive Disabilities
  • Appropriate hygiene, social, and communication skills for the business
  • Ability to take direction and change behavior
  • Willingness to utilize public transportation
  • Pass background checks, immunization check
  • Accept diploma at end of year and obtain employment

Program Facts

What: Student internship

Who: 18-21 year old students with developmental cognitive disabilities who are enrolled in Rochester Public Schools

Why: Gain competitive, integrated employment

When: One academic year

Location: Mayo Clinic Campus in Rochester, Minnesota

Department Partners*: Comparative Medicine, Environmental Services, Food Services, Health Sciences Research, Media Support Services, Central Services, Linen Service

* Based on availability


Questions? Contact Dawn Kirchner ( 507-284-5048