Devoted to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through individualized employment services.
2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 205  Lisle, IL 60532

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a national program started in Cincinnati, Ohio that has been in existence since 1991. To date, there are over 600 Project SEARCH sites in existence in 42 states in the U.S., England, Scotland, Ireland and Canada. Project SEARCH is a unique, business-led, one-year, work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Project SEARCH is an international, trademarked and copyrighted program model.


For more information on the national project SEARCH program, please visit their website.

"Preparing young people with significant disabilities for success in competitive integrated employment"



PAEP currently partners with Northwestern Medicine, the business host site for three Project SEARCH locations:



  • Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, IL

  • Delnor Hospital in Geneva, IL

  • Huntley Hospital in Huntley, IL



Program Schedule



Three unique programs provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in three, 10-week long internships that allow them to gain real-life vocational skills in a variety of hospital departments. At the completion of the internships, students are placed into competitive employment.  PAEP staff specializes in helping students/interns develop job skills throughout the year and supports the students/interns every day on site at the hospital and support the students/interns once the school year is completed and the students/interns are employed.

The programs run Monday through Friday 7:45am to 2:15pm

7:45am Class

Exploring topics including independent living and employment


Worksite/ Internship (including lunch)


Debrief / Review of Day




Internship Information


Each Project SEARCH location has a variety of different internships and industries
 the three main categories that each hospital has to offer is:


Some examples of operations job tasks include stocking linens and supplies, dock, assembling and cleaning equipment, delivering linens/equipment, completing work orders, sanitizing, and more. 


Some examples of clerical job tasks include data entry, scanning, making and receiving phone calls, alphabetizing, minimal patient interaction, shredding, using copying machines, sorting mail, and more.


Some examples of hospitality job tasks include food and beverage prep, customer service, cashiering, stocking food items, cleaning spills, refilling creamer, and coffee machines, catering, identifying specialty items, and more.



Sean from our Central DuPage Hospital PS program working in the Sterilization Department.


Paige from our Delnor PS program working in the Registration Department.


Rachel from our Central DuPage Hospital PS program working in the Food and Nutrition Department.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through individualized employment services.


Parents Alliance Employment Project works in partnership with the workNet DuPage Career Center

CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) 

has accredited Parents Alliance Employment Project for its Employment Services: Community Employment Services in Job Development, Job Supports, and Job Site Training Programs.

We do not provide direct services through this website; it is intended for informational purposes only.

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