Project SEE



Project SEE [Supported Employment Experience]

A summer internship program for Wake County high school age students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities that helps students to:

  • Occupational Course of Study [OCS] high school credit
  • Enhance job skills that can lead to long term employment for many
  • Training and support at every job site

Project SEE (Supported Employment Experience) gives students the opportunity to develop or enhance their social skills and gain valuable work experience through a 6 week summer program while earning 135 hours of competitive employment towards their OCS graduation requirements.

Eligibility Criteria

The Project SEE Program Director and Admissions Committee will assess the eligibility of each student who submits an application. To determine eligibility, the Program Director will review documentation of the student’s disability, verify OCS credit needs (as applicable) and interview the student with his/her parent or caregiver. Priority for selection is given to eligible students who are aging out of the school system and who require at least 135 credit hours towards graduation.

Students eligible for Project SEE are those who:

  • are between the ages of 17 and 22 and have mild to moderate developmental disabilities.
  • demonstrate emerging vocational skills and the ability to engage in purposeful activity.
  • want to learn to work in the community and have families/caregivers who are supportive of their participation in Project SEE.
  • have or can arrange for their own transportation to and from the job site
  • need on-site support on the job in order to work in the community.
  • are able to work in a public job site in a ratio of 2 students to 1 job trainer.  (Students who need 1:1 support may be considered if they have a personal assistant attending throughout the program)
  • have personal care skills and behaviors which can be accommodated at a public job site.
  • have the health status and availability to commit to the full 6 weeks. Vacations and summer camps are not to be scheduled during the 6 week program
  • have the stamina and physical ability to work 4.5 hours per day, 5 days per week


  • Students must be available to work the entire 6 weeks. Students who have vacations or summer camps scheduled during the program are not eligible. 

    Students must commit to the entire 6 week program. Missing more than three days without a doctor’s note will result in immediate dismissal from the program with no refunds of paid fees. No exceptions.

  • Students accepted to the program are matched to jobs based on interest, location and abilities. We strive to keep students within a 20 minute drive of their homes
  • Families are responsible for transportation to and from the job site daily.

*Completed applications are to be mailed or hand delivered to The Arc of the Triangle, 5121 Hollyridge Dr., Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27612, no later than April 1, 2017 along with the $30.00 application fee. The application fee is non-refundable and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Project SEE Opportunities

Volunteer Program

This program is for students who attend Wake County Public School’s Occupational Course of Study who are in their final 12 months of school who require at least 135 more work credit hours for graduation. (Verified by student’s OCS teacher)

This program is a volunteer program and students will not be paid for the work experience however, they will receive up to 135 credits towards graduation from the OCS program. Federal Labor laws allow students to volunteer in a summer job as long as they are earning school credit.

Priority will be given to these students as we are partnering with Wake County Schools to encourage students to earn a diploma rather than a certificate of completion.


Paid Program

This program is for homeschoolers, students who attend private school, students who are not in the OCS program but need work experience or students who do not need at least 135 credit hours towards OCS graduation

In order to abide by all labor laws, this is a paid work experience and the tuition for participation is $1000.00 (the amount of pay the student will receive during the summer, minus taxes plus minimal administrative fees).

Students will be paid this amount through their biweekly paychecks, minus taxes and administrative fees, when they participate in the entire 6 week program. Days missed for any reason will not be paid or refunded. Payment plans for tuition are available and information will be provided in the acceptance packet.


Program dates:  June 26 - August 4

Students work 9:00 am -2:00 pm Monday - Friday with a half hour break. 

Mandatory Meeting (Students, Parents, and Job Coaches): June 22nd 6 - 8 pm

End of Program Celebration: Friday August 4, 12:30 -2:00 pm.


Call 919-832-2660 x133

or email Susan Swearingen