Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Employment Opportunities for Teens and Young Adults with Special Needs"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2016 - DURI
Research area(s):
Special Needs, Research Planning, Entrepreneurship
Project Description:
As an undergraduate research design project, we propose the research and development of ideas to improve employment opportunities for teens and young adults with special needs. Students will research the social, educational and occupational abilities of these individuals to provide insight into directions for providing successful employment opportunities. The students will create a strategy to provide employment opportunities and will be encouraged to pursue an entrepreneurial business plan for their strategy.
Expected Student Contributions:
Beneficial learning experiences for the students include: Research skills: This will be run as a research project with a clear plan that will be executed throughout the duration of the project. 1) Students will learn how to develop and execute a research plan. 2) They will learn the social, educational, and occupational abilities of a special needs group. 3) Students will create a strategy to provide employment opportunities based on their research. 4) They will write a research paper documenting findings, results and next steps. Entrepreneurial development: This project has the opportunity for entrepreneurial learning by creating a business plan for the employment strategy that is developed. 1) Students will create a company strategy plan for their direction (for either an existing company or a start-up). 2) Students who are interested in entrepreneurship will receive direction on developing a company pitch deck.
Related Website(s):
Nancy Rasche bio: Nancy Rasche website: Nancy Rasche Experience Studio Class website:
Desired Qualifications:
Sophomore or higher 3.0 GPA preferred
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Rasche, Nancy
computer graphics technology

Student Supervisor

Nancy Rasche
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Oliver Wendt
SLHS/Liberal Arts