The Moore JOBS Internship Program
For individuals with intellectual disabilities, finding employment is a very difficult endeavor. Their educational and experiential opportunities are limited, but we’ve found that with the right programs and support their opportunities for employment can be exponentially increased. Creating opportunities for a good life is what we’re all about, and that’s why we created Moore JOBS.
What is Moore JOBS?
Moore JOBS is an innovative internship program designed to create employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing career-specific education and job skills. It prepares them for meaningful employment by facilitating their participation in hands-on, classroom, and practical instruction, with mentors to guide them every step of the way.
Our first internship is in partnership with Birch Hill Terrace, a continuing care retirement community in Manchester, NH, and focuses on developing skills in the healthcare industry.
Classroom, Hands-On, and Practical Instruction
This unique program will includes hands-on learning at Birch Hill and participation in an educational component in partnership with Saint Anselm College. Throughout the program the interns will receive practical instruction from their support staff, mentors at Birch Hill, mentors at Saint Anselm, and our Job Developer.
The content is carefully designed to be a combination of hands-on training, classroom education, and situational simulations, focused on providing the interns with the necessary skills to obtain meaningful, paid employment upon completion.
The hands-on training will be provided by personnel at Birch Hill, working in partnership with our staff who will monitor and track progress of the participants success within the specific internship, ensuring the job duties and tasks are completed effectively and efficiently. Our staff will work with participants to ensure they are advancing through the program and learning the skills needed to complete the selected internship.
At Birch Hill interns will participate in up to three different internships throughout the program, focusing on four areas of employment:
- Dining Services
- Residential Life
One day a week they’ll also participate in classroom and interactive learning experiences at Saint Anselm College, provided by the psychology, nursing, and social work departments. The interns will learn about the foundations of healthcare while they refine their skills in safety, client care, universal precautions, etc.
Upon completion of the classroom training, each intern will work with a Job Developer to develop interviewing skills and meet with potential employers, using the skills acquired within the program to find meaningful employment within the desired field.
A Client-Centered Approach
The Moore Center will collaborate with the intern’s family/guardian and support team to develop a focused goal within employment to work towards a successful placement for each participant.
Throughout the Moore JOBS program the interns will meet daily with their career trainers and receive feedback and guidance regarding their day. Interns will also receive personal support based on their needs.
We’re excited to provide this innovative internship opportunity to those with intellectual disabilities and we’re already working to expand into other industries. If your organization is interested in partnering with us for an internship, please send us a note and we’ll be in touch to discuss the details.
Special thanks to Birch Hill Terrace and Saint Anselm College for joining us to provide opportunities for those we serve.
Here’s Some Additional Information for Families
During the nine month internship program, Moore JOBS interns will rotate through three different departments. They’ll receive training and gain experience by working alongside employees who are actually doing the job.
To be eligible for participation in an internship program all candidates must:
- Have a goal of achieving paid employment upon graduation
- Be able to safely participate in community-based employment with support
- Turn 21 years old before the scheduled completion of the internship
- Have a clean criminal background and be able to meet hiring requirements
- Be willing to work a second shift schedule hours, from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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