Project SEARCH Alaska

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    Real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent living skills to help youth with a variety of disabilities make successful transitions from school to productive adult life.




    Through three internships the students acquire competitive, marketable and transferable skills.  Students will build:

    • Communication skills
    • Social Behaviors/Workplace Etiquette
    • Teamwork
    • Time Management
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Financial Literacy
    • Employability
    • Self-Advocacy

    Worksites are identified through a process involving the instructor, skills trainers, and business liaison.  Worksite locations:

    • Begin after completion of FHP Employee Orientation.
    • Include an on-site department mentor that interacts with the instructor, skills trainers, and intern giving constant guidance and feedback.
    • Have interns work 4.5 hours per day with a 30-minute lunch break.
    • Provides skills trainer and instructor support to interns.
    • Introduce new skills as initial skills are mastered.


    • Update digital patient records
    • Complete data entry
    • Sanitize/Stock public areas
    • Make deliveries throughout hospital
    • Complete clerical tasks
    • Sanitize Equipment
    • Complete food service tasks
    • Inventory & stock supplies
    • Check expiration dates
    • Machine & hand-fold linens
    • Update employee files
    • Customer service
    • File Paperwork
    • Transport/escort patients and visitors
    • Obtain benefits verification/authorization
    • Calibrate and check glucometers
    • Sort and categorize computer equipment
    • Decommission/Shred computer hard drives


    • Classroom instruction of independent living skills, money and budgeting, workplace ethics and communication skills
    • Extensive period of training and career exploration
    • Innovative adaptations
    • Long-term job coaching
    • Continuous feedback from instructor, skills trainers, and FMH department supervisors/mentors






    Project SEARCH Phone

    Lisa Laqua

    (907) 458-5053

    National Project SEARCH website

    Fairbanks Project SEARCH Facebook Page



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    Project SEARCH serves students with disabilities.  Typically, these are students who:

    • Are on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) 
    • Have completed their last year of high school (must defer diploma in order to enroll in Project SEARCH)

    DATES to WATCH for:

    • February - Applications Accepted - Deadline is last business day of the month
    • March - Interviews conducted with candidates
    • April - Acceptance letters sent out
    • Early May - ALL additional immunization requirements, background check, and DVR intake must be completed
Last Modified on January 12, 2024