Paid Internship Program (PIP)
An SVS paid internship is a great way to gain relevant experience and develop new skills required to succeed in a specific career or job. Based on interests, the SVS Development team will search for an ideal real life experience in a local business. An internship may identify a person’s perfect job but if it doesn’t another search can be started. Many of these opportunities have turned into competitive employment.
In addition to being paid throughout the internship there are additional benefits such as:
- Valuable work experience
- Development of new skills
- Increased confidence
- Exploration of different career paths
- Mentoring provided by a Job Coach while working
- Resume strengthening
- And more…
Supported Employment: Individual and Group Services
Prepared to work? Have an idea of what you might like to do? The SVS Supported Employment Program (SEP) is an excellent choice to help you move into successful employment.
The SVS employment development team works with each person referred to find jobs that match their personal experiences, skills and interests. Development activities may include:
- Help with career planning and job customization
- Support to craft resumes and cover letters
- Assistance with applications
- Interview preparation
- Assistance with completing online assessments
SVS Job Coaching provides the necessary support to:
- Learn the duties of the job
- Be an effective self-advocate
- Assimilate into the workplace successfully
Individual Placement (IP)
When placed individually you are a direct hire of the company you work for with pay and benefits determined by the employer. Job coach hours will match scheduled hours at first but are expected to decrease as skills and confidence on the job increase. Being able to get to and from the job is necessary for this employment option. Individual Placements are funded by the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and Regional Centers.
In some areas, SVS provides group employment services. These services offer integrated community employment with a local business but through a contract SVS has with the employer. Small groups, typically 3 people, work together with a dedicated Job Coach. Job Coach Services are provided 100% of the scheduled work hours. Participants are typically paid by SVS and receive SVS benefits. Transportation services may be available. Group Services are funded by some Regional Centers.
Both Individual and Group Placement programs are accredited by CARF.