Project SEARCH Arizona – New Site Development!

Emily King, Project SEARCH Young Adult program intern, in pharmacy.Now in its 3rd program year, Project SEARCH at the UA Medical Center South Campus is a business-led collaboration that trains high school students and young adults with disabilities for competitive employment through a series of on-site internship rotations and classroom instruction.

Emily King, Project SEARCH Young
Adult program intern, in pharmacy.

The upcoming 2012/2013 program year marks the success of Project SEARCH Arizona expansion efforts, a primary goal of the Project SEARCH Arizona initiative since its inception. Planning partners expanded the model not only to an additional community in Arizona (Tempe) but also to new industries (university and medical technology) – increasing participant capacity as well as providing opportunities for hands-on training and career exploration on a wider scale.

  • UA Medical Center LogoThe UA Health Network will now serve as host business on two of its campuses - the High School Transition program will remain at South Campus (formerly UPH Hospital) with a cohort of 14 interns; the Young Adult program will be housed at the University Campus (formerly University Medical Center) with 10 incoming interns for 2012-2013.
  • UA Student UnionUniversity of Arizona will pilot a High School Transition program in 2012/2013. The initial 6 interns will have the opportunity to select among rotations in four operations within Student Affairs: Campus Recreation, Bookstores, the Disability Resource Center, and Student Unions..
  • Through funding provided by the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Project SEARCH has expanded to Maricopa County.  Maricopa planning partners identified and successfully recruited the Medtronic Tempe Campus as the first program site in the greater Phoenix area. The facility supports multiple business units including the oldest and largest Medtronic medical technology, Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management, which produces implantable pacemakers and other cardiac devices. In 2010, Medtronic partnered with Medtronic LabProject SEARCH to roll-out a program in Minneapolis - St. Paul with rotations offered in its 5 Twin Cities’ campuses including world headquarters.  This, in addition to Medtronic’s commitment to community involvement, suggested a natural partnership.  Rotation areas will include intern placement in the manufacturing room, administration, IT, packaging, and the device test lab.

The Sonoran UCEDD and all Project SEARCH AZ partners are excited to welcome interns to the new program sites.

Project SEARCH AZ Partners (Pima):
AZ DES Division of Developmental Disabilities
AZ DES Rehabilitation Services Administration
Linkages Arizona
Pima County Joint Technical Education District
SAGE, Easter Seals Blake Foundation
Sonoran UCEDD
Student Affairs at the University of Arizona
TUSD Community Transition Programs
The University of Arizona Health Network
University of Arizona


Project SEARCH AZ Partners (Maricopa):
AZ DES Division of Developmental Disabilities
AZ DES Rehabilitation Services Administration
AZ Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
Deer Valley Unified School District
Linkages Arizona
Medtronic Tempe Campus
Sonoran UCEDD
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
The Arc of Arizona
The Centers for Habilitation
(list is not exhaustive)

For more information, contact Laura Schweers ( or 520.626.0677)