Novo Nordisk Project SEARCH

Introducing our newest partnership that creates an opportunity for high school students ages 18-21 living with disabilities to gain real-world transferable job skills at Novo Nordisk – a leading global healthcare company, based in Plainsboro, N.J. 

Internships start Fall 2024!

Project SEARCH is an internationally acclaimed, immersive school-to-work program for students with autism and other disabilities entering their final year of entitlement – typically turning 21. Participants attend a full-day, 10-month internship, gaining hands-on experience in multiple departments at a top company.

Novo Nordisk, which was named #1 with Forbes America’s Best Large Employers and #1 for World’s Best Places to Work, is now among the premier business sites collaborating with Project SEARCH across the country. This world-class organization and its dedicated team of professionals at the Plainsboro campus are passionately leading the way to positive outcomes for program participants at Novo Nordisk Project SEARCH in Central New Jersey, where special education students from the community will thrive in their final year.

Eligible students accepted for this innovative work-based learning experience as interns from September 2024 through June 2025, will explore job and career interests, acquire employment skills, as well as benefit from a full transition curriculum taught by a Y.A.L.E. special education teacher in a dedicated training room on site at Novo Nordisk. Instruction targets skill development for aspirational employment and independent living and social communication.

Along with Novo Nordisk and Y.A.L.E. School, program partners include NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities, and Best Buddies, International. Representatives from each entity make up the program’s Steering Committee, which supports program interns successfully transitioning to productive adult lives, with the goal of achieving competitive integrated employment in nontraditional, complex, and rewarding jobs.

See a Project SEARCH program in action!

CBS3 in Philadelphia visited our award-winning Project SEARCH program at Jefferson Health in Cherry Hill – watch the news segment here.

Project SEARCH was just named the winner of the 2024 New Jersey Social Innovation Award in Workforce Development!

Important Documents

Novo Nordisk Project SEARCH Application 2024-2025

Novo Nordisk Project SEARCH Guidelines 2024-2025

The Novo Nordisk Project SEARCH Steering Committee invites all interested stakeholders – school districts, students, parents, caretakers, and guardians — to learn more about the program. Please view this recording of our Parent/District Information Session:

To RSVP or request more information, please fill out the form below or contact Margaret Chapman at or call 856-528-3905.

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To be considered for Novo Nordisk Project SEARCH, the student must have an IEP and have earned all high school credits.

Priority for acceptance is given to students in the final year of entitlement who would benefit from the skills, instruction, and work experience provided by Project SEARCH to reach their aspirational goals for competitive employment. All applicants will be invited for the interview and assessment day. And while internships are limited, all candidates will benefit from the experience as they connect with program partners and agency representatives.

Interested in other Project SEARCH opportunities? Check out the Project SEARCH at Jefferson Health NJ program!

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