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Frequently Asked Questions

What's a typical day like at Project SEARCH?

8.30am - 9.30am: Class Time

9.30am - 10.00am: Morning Tea

10.00am - 12.00pm: Work

12.00pm - 12.30pm: Lunch Break

12.30pm - 2.00pm: Work

2.00pm - 3.00pm: Class Time

What kind of jobs do you do?

Interns work in many departments all over the hospital. Currently the internships are in the Spinal Department, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Maintenance, Grounds, Orderlies, Waste, Storerooms, Administration, the Kitchen, Wellfood Cafe and the Cleaning Department.

Do people help you in your job?

Yes, we have two Skills Trainers who are specialised in teaching us the tasks we have to learn. We also have on the job mentors who we work beside everyday.

How do the interns get to work?

Part of the requirements for Project SEARCH is that the interns get to work by themselves. The majority of interns take public transport, but you can also bike or drive if that's what suits you.

What's the best thing about being on Project SEARCH?

Photo of 2020 intern Michael Davies

"Feeling like you have a purpose. It's nice to know you are helping people and its cool to have work colleagues"


- Michael Davies - Project SEARCH intern 2020.

Who supports Project SEARCH?

Project SEARCH is delivered as a partnership between:​

  • DHB Canterbury

  • CCS Disability Action

  • Enabling Good Lives

  • IHC Foundation

  • Riccarton High School

  • Blind Low Vision

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