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Project SEARCH

The Project SEARCH Transition Program is a unique, business-led, one-year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations. The primary goal of the program is for each young adult to build skills that will lead towards competitive employment.

Important dates

  • Open House and Information Night: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 4:30 to 6:00 pm
  • Information Night: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 (make-up day 1/28/2020), 5:00 to 6:00 pm
  • Information Night: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 (make-up day 2/12/2020), 5:00 to 6:00 pm
  • Project SEARCH Application Due for the 2020-2021 Class: Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Project SEARCH Applicant Interviews: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
  • Graduation for the 2019-2020 Project SEARCH Class: Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Note: All applicants are required to attend an Information Night or make other arrangements with the Instructor.

Watch the Project SEARCH Class of 2019 Graduation - June 2019

About the program

Founded in 1996 at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Project SEARCH is an international program and has over 600 host sites around the world. Since 2011, Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been a host site for Project SEARCH with 50+ individuals successfully completing the program.

Through a series of three 10-week targeted internships, the students acquire competitive, marketable and transferable skills which enable them to apply for related positions. During this time students also work on their soft skills such as; communication, teamwork and problem-solving that are important for their overall development as an employee. Although there is a classroom component with a formal curriculum, interns spend the majority of their time building employment skills in an internship at the hospital.

Curriculum topics are:

  • Financial Literacy
  • Health and Wellness
  • Maintaining Employment
  • Preparing for Employment
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Team Building
  • Technology
  • Workplace Safety

There are a variety of work experiences that each intern has available to them. We are proud to say that the following departments at Dartmouth-Hitchcock are currently Project SEARCH internship sites:

  • Audiology (ENT)
  • Blood Bank
  • Central Mail Room
  • Endoscopy – Scope Reprocessing and Admissions
  • Environmental Services – Housekeeping and Waste Management
  • Food and Nutrition – Patient Dietary and Dining Services
  • Gastroenterology – Administration and Clinic
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Human Resources
  • Norris Cotton Cancer Center – Hematology Oncology
  • Nursing – ISCU
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pediatrics
  • Supply Chain – Linens, Transportation and Warehouse
  • Surgical Services – Perioperative Care, Central Sterile Reprocessing


These newsletters are provided in PDF format (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) and open in a new window.

Contact us

For more information about Project SEARCH at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, please contact Kathleen MacLean, Project SEARCH Instructor and Program Coordinator, at (603) 650-6439 or; or Eric Dickson, D-H Workforce Readiness Coordinator, at (603) 653-3229 or

Project SEARCH at Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a collaborative effort between:

  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock
  • Hartford School District in Vermont
  • Lincoln Street Inc.
  • New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Vermont Vocational Rehabilitation

Mailing address

Project SEARCH at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756

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