PAID INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
In partnership with outside employers and organizations, Goodwill San Diego offers a unique program tailored to the needs of adults with developmental disabilities. The Paid Internship Program gives participants an opportunity to experience employment in an internship setting for a short period of time. This will help participants experience work life and determine the work elements they prefer. Program goals include the acquisition of experience and skills needed for future paid employment, typically in the same job field or industry. Internships can be traditional, or in the form of apprenticeships, including self-employment. The funds provided for the internship are used for wages (minimum wage or higher) as well as the related payroll costs. Each individual client is eligible for up to $10,400.00 per year in an internship and could receive more than one internship.
Goodwill is committed to supporting people with disabilities to maximize their employment potential by overcoming barriers to employment. Program participants will receive compensation for their work directly from the internship employer or organization.
Program participants must also be able to meet the essential functions of the program/job with or without reasonable accommodations and work in the United States legally (proof of citizenship or immigration status required).
EACH INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANT IS PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:
- Accompany participants for interviews
- Internship placement assistance
- Employment services (job coaching) for intensive support
- Internships in integrated settings, employer selection
- Individual Habitation Service Plan (IHSP) development and review
- Goal setting
- Job-task analysis
- Coaching on grooming/hygiene
- Training on employer expectations
- Safety training