Internship Opportunity: M Health Fairview Collaborates with Project SEARCH


Internship Opportunity: M Health Fairview Collaborates with Project SEARCH

Caitlin Ingebritson had a positive experience as an intern at M Health Fairview, where she enjoyed riding on the security vehicle nicknamed “Beep Beep” at the Fairview Lakes Medical Center. Her experience was part of Project SEARCH, a program that supports young adults with disabilities in achieving their goal of employment.

Interns in the Project SEARCH program complete three 10-week rotations in different departments at the hospital, such as security, environmental services, nutrition services, supply chain, facilities, and clerical. This experience helps participants like Caitlin become more independent and responsible while also helping them identify their strengths and interests.

Project SEARCH was implemented at M Health Fairview Lakes Medical Center in 2013, and the program welcomed its second class of interns at M Health Fairview Ridges Hospital in September 2023. According to Melissa Siebenaler, a workforce pathway consultant at Ridges Hospital, hosting Project SEARCH interns benefits the organization by providing access to diverse talent and helping fill entry-level positions, increasing productivity and retention in the workplace.

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