Project SEE [Summer Internship Program]

Project SEE [Supported Employment Experience]

A paid* summer internship program for high school age students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities currently enrolled in the Occupational Course of Study program in Wake County Public Schools, Durham Public Schools, and Chapel Hill Carrboro Schools that helps students to:

  • Earn Occupational Course of Study [OCS] high school credit
  • Support students getting ready to transition from school to employment
  • Enhance job skills that can lead to long term employment for many
  • Receive 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 7 week summer program while earning 130 hours of competitive employment towards their OCS graduation requirements.

This year we are pleased to add a classroom experience that will focus on:

  • self-advocacy skills
  • interview skills, resume writing, etc.
  • vocational exploration
  • post-secondary opportunities

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria. Students must:

  • be 17-20 years of age and must be currently enrolled in school.
  • have a diagnosis of mild to moderate developmental disabilities.
  • have the ability to engage in purposeful activity and communicate well with others.
  • can demonstrate emerging vocational skills.
  • have a basic understanding of what it means to have a job in the community.
  • will benefit from on-site support in order to work in the community.
  • are independent with their personal care.
  • are able to display appropriate workplace behaviors.
  • are committed to the full 7 weeks. Vacations, summer camps, and other commitments are not permitted during the internship.
  • have the stamina and physical ability to work 4.5 hours per day, 5 days per week, for 7 weeks.
  • have a bank account for direct deposit by the time the program begins.

Application Process (BEGINNING FEBRUARY 20th):

  1. Obtain Project SEE application from:
    1. OCS teacher
    2. The Arc of the Triangle call 919-942-5119
    3. your local VR office 
  2. Return completed application** to one of the above
  3. All eligible applicants will be contacted by The Arc for an interview and to complete paperwork

Additional Program Information:

  • Students must commit to the entire 7 week program. Any missed hours must be made up in the weeks following the program at a location to be determined. In order to receive their Certificate of Completion from The Arc of the Triangle each intern must complete the full program.
  • Students accepted to the program are matched to jobs based on interest, location and abilities.  

Program dates: 

Intern Orientation 6/18

Classroom Instruction 6/22-6/24 

Internship 6/29-8/7

Awards Ceremony 8/7

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


Call 919-942-5119 x133

or email Susan Swearingen

*Students will be paid minimum wage for all hours worked at their job site. Students are not paid for Orientation, Classroom instruction, 30 minute daily lunch breaks, nor the Awards ceremony.

**A completed application does not guarantee an interview or placement.