Multnomah County will soon provide a nine-month internship opportunity for people experiencing intellectual or developmental disabilities develop employment skills.
With a new partnership with Portland nonprofit Albertina Kerr, Multnomah County is launching a Project SEARCH internship at its downtown Five Oak Building this fall. The internship prepares young people and adults with disabilities for career success by helping them acquire competitive, applicable and marketable job skills.
In a statement, Alexis Alberti, the director of the County's Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Division explained the county's excitement for the new opportunity.
"Multnomah County is thrilled to become a Project SEARCH partner," he said. "We're committed to bridging the employment gap for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities."
According to Gallup, just 44% of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 21-64 are in the labor force.
Project SEARCH boasts an 85% success rate in helping participants achieve competitive employment at prevailing wage. Each Project SEARCH intern is assigned an on-site instructor and skills trainer. Interns complete three rotations in different host business environments. At the end of the program, interns also receive job search assistance.
To qualify, interns must be eligible to receive Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services and State of Oregon Developmental Disabilities Services or Brokerage Services. Interns must also provide documentation showing they can legally work in the United States.
Multnomah County is hosting an in-person informational session for potential interns at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 7.
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