Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University (PSCA@NU)

The First Project SEARCH Site in Illinois (PSCA@NU)

Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University (PSCA@NU) is a one-year business-based program for high school students in their last year of transition services. The goal of the program is competitive employment, which is achieved through the use of the autism- specific curriculum, three ten-week internship rotations on Northwestern University’s campus, and job development, job
placement, and follow-on services.

90% of PSCA@NU graduates seeking jobs have been hired for competitive employment positions.

PSCA@NU is a collaboration of agencies, including: Northwestern University, Project SEARCH, Have Dreams, NEXT for AUTISM, local school districts, The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

  • Strong desire for employment
  • Demonstrates independent self-help and self-regulation


  • Corporate / Business Environment
  • Three different internship rotations


  • Nine months
  • Monday – Friday; 9:30a.m.-3:30p.m.


  • Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or other related diagnosis
  • 18 years or older
  • Strong desire and plan for employment
  • Independent daily living skills
  • Maintains appropriate behavior and social interactions in the workplace (i.e., no aggressive or disruptive behavior)

Program Components:

  • Training room with use of autism-specific curriculum
  • Job coaching
  • Job development


  • September – June
  • Monday – Friday; 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

For more information, contact:
Have Dreams – PSCA
847-905-0702, ext. 229 or


The first Project SEARCH site was developed in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.