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Mississippi Baptist Helps Create New Internship Program for Students with Disabilities

Mississippi Baptist Medical Center and the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) recently created a new Project SEARCH internship program for students at New Summit School in Jackson, Mississippi.

Project SEARCH is a national program designed to help students with disabilities obtain competitive, community-based employment. Mississippi Baptist is the second health care organization in the state to host a Project SEARCH internship program. Students will spend nine months at the hospital working in 11 departments. The goal is for the internship to lead to full-time jobs for the students.

Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant (middle row, second from left) and Lynn Hosemann, wife of Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann (middle row, fifth from left) were among the special guests on hand to congratulate the students chosen for Mississippi Baptist Medical Center’s first class of Project SEARCH interns. Project SEARCH is a national program designed to help students with disabilities obtain competitive, community-based employment.

“We are so honored to be chosen for this program,” said Bobbie Ware, administrator and CEO of Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. “Hospitals are great places to work because we offer so many careers for people from different backgrounds and levels of experience. We are excited to welcome these talented students to our team, and I can’t wait to get to know them and work with them.”

The 18-21-year-old students will work with on-site job coaches and teachers. The program begins in August, and organizers hope to spread it to other Baptist Memorial hospitals in the future.