|What type of work does the student intern perform at Bronson?|
The work interns perform at Bronson Methodist Hospital is entry level. These tasks are part of the job description in each department and are necessary to uphold the quality standards of Bronson and their values of an organization. A student may be assigned to do the following: food preparation, linens, distribution, equipment tech, infection prevention, environmental services, customer services associate, and material tech. We are always working to expand and create new internship rotations throughout the hospital.
Will the student get paid for this experience?
A student who participates in Project SEARCH will not get paid. This is an internship experience to develop skills that will market the student so he/she can attain a job and be competitively employed in the community.
How are students selected for this program?
Project SEARCH is a collaborative transition program between Kalamazoo RESA and its local school districts, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and Bronson Methodist Hospital. Representatives from each organization will interview applicants that were recommended by the local school districts within Kalamazoo County. The intern candidate must be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services and community mental health services in order to take part in this program. Please see the entrance criteria that is attached to further explain what students would be appropriate for this intense internship experience.
Would a student participate during a 5th year of high school?
Project SEARCH is for students who are on the path of earning a Certificate of Completion. Students who have earned or will earn a Michigan Merit Diploma will not be able to participate in Project SEARCH.
Would a student participate in Project SEARCH before attending the Young Adult Program (YAP)?
Project SEARCH is not a part of the Young Adult Program. A student who has completed 4 years of high school and is in his/her last year of eligibility or anticipates it being his/her last year of schooling is eligible pending on if he/she meets the entrance criteria. A student may come from a local school district or a Kalamazoo RESA program.