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Norse Project SEARCH

What is project search?

Project Search Intern sitting at front desk in campus rec center

Intern working in the Campus Recreation Center

Project SEARCH is an internationally recognized program dedicated to building a workforce that includes people with disabilities. Its business partnerships benefit the individual, the community and the workplace. The program was established in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to address staff turnover in entry-level support positions. The successful model has been replicated in hospitals, banks, universities and businesses in more than 500 locations in the U.S. and abroad.

Comments/Quotes from Departments on campus:

Project search working at front desk in college of education

Intern working in the College of Education Office

Project search intern wearing safety goggles

Intern working with the custodial crew in Steely Library

 “Working with an intern has been extremely advantageous for us here in the electrical shop.” Facilities Management, Electrical Department.

“NKU’s Project SEARCH has had an overwhelmingly positive impact at Truist Arena. I feel that we as the managers have been the true interns during this process.  We’ve grown so much with just the eagerness and positivity that both Alicia and Miles bring in the building each and every morning. As managers, we’ve been able to expand our attention-to-detail, specifically with projects, training skills and overall team positivity. It has definitely been a team effort and we are grateful that we were selected to be part of such a life enhancing experience for Alicia and Miles. We are definitely stronger because of Project Search and I couldn’t be more proud.” Tammy Fryman, HR Manager/Executive Assistant, Truist Arena


“Our department learned so much from our intern.  She was always a smiling face!  She gave us a new perspective on ourselves as well as the work that we do here at NKU.” Lauren Franzen, Director of HR Management Services, Human Resources Department

“Working with Project SEARCH interns this academic year has been an extremely positive experience for our department. Watching our students grow in their mentorship and leadership abilities working alongside the interns has been as rewarding as watching the interns develop themselves. Each intern has demonstrated improvements in experience and abilities, making them better prepared for employment and showing the positive results this program offers. We look forward to hosting more interns next year.” Patrick McGrath, Associate Director for Facilities, Department of Campus Recreation


“Collaborating with Project SEARCH and having an interns work in our department this semester has been a great experience for our faculty and staff.  We have enjoyed working with the intern and getting to know more about his interests and abilities.  Watching his work skills, such as adaptability to a variety of tasks and social skills, improve over the course of his internship has been very fulfilling to those who work with him.” Beth McCubbin, Academic Coordinator, Teacher Education.




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Designed as a 9-month unpaid internship program, Norse Project SEARCH places interns in real-world work settings where they learn all aspects of gaining and maintaining employment. A series of three 10-12 week internships allows interns to explore careers and develop marketable job skills.

They receive support from department mentors, skills trainers and worksite accommodations and adaptations. The ultimate goal is for each intern to secure competitive employment within their community. The program provides individualized job development that is based on the intern’s experiences, strengths, and skills. For more information, visit . 

Departments on campus that have partnered with Norse Project SEARCH:

  • HR Department
  • IT Department
  • Campus Recreation Center
  • Facilities Management
  • Early Childhood Center
  • Biology Lab/Greenhouse
  • Biopsychology Lab
  • Health Counseling & Student Wellness
  • Truist Arena
  • Teacher Education
  • Chartwells Foods
  • Admissions
  • College of Informatics
  • Steely Library