Child and Adolescent Development

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Internship Program Information


APPLICATION PERIOD:  The application is available at this Moodle site:

enrollment key: internship

Applications will be accepted through April 8, 2016.  



We offer a department-sponsored internship program that students typically complete in their junior or senior year. This internship spans a full academic year (begins in Fall semester and concludes at the end of the Spring semester).
Prerequisites: CADV 150, PSY 150. Pre- or Corequisite: CADV 350 OR 352.

We have partnered with a variety of community organizations including schools, youth development, family support agencies, and medical & therapeutic facilities in the San Fernando Valley and Greater Los Angeles area to allow students opportunities to apply theory to practice in professional settings, and to develop professional networks and mentoring relationships with established professional in the field. Information on each of our current community partners is available below.

To be considered for an internship placement, students must first complete an application (see details below) in the Spring semester prior to the start of the internship the following Fall. The Department will offer informational sessions and the Internship Fair in the Spring semester so you can learn more about the different sites and ask questions you may have about opportunities at various organizations.

Students apply for the internship the spring semester prior to beginning the internship. The application deadline is typically in mid-April. Sites typically interview students in late April through early May and students find out their internship placement before the end of the Spring semester.  

Once selected as an intern, students enroll in CADV 394 (Internship I) in the Fall semester and in CADV 494 (Internship II) in the Spring semester. During each semester students complete 90 hours at the internship site and complete assignments in the CADV 394 or 494 Internship Seminars meetings identified by the instructor.  Students complete a total of 180 hours at the site across Fall and Spring. 


Can I still apply for an internship placement for the 2015-16 academic year?

No, the application period for placements during the 2015-16 academic year has ended. Applications for placements during the 2016-17 academic year will be accepted in early April 2016.

Is CADV 250 a pre-requisite? Do I need to take CADV 250 before doing an internship?

No. CADV 250 is no longer a pre-requisite for the internship. If you are accepted in the internship program, you will be issued a permission number to enroll in CADV 394 which will override any listed pre-requisites.

When is the application due date?

PRIORITY DEADLINE: Friday, April 8, 2016. Applications submitted after 4/8/2016 will be accepted on a space-available basis.

How many sites can I apply to and how do I know which sites I should choose?

Students may apply to up to three sites. Attending the Internship Fair is the best way to find out which sites match your interests. You may also research the sites independently by reviewing the information posted internship page as well as exploring the website of each organization.  

 What do I have to do for the application?

 The internship application will require you to:

• Identify which site(s) you are applying to (up to 3)

• Upload cover letter(s) for each site you are applying to

• Upload a current resumé or CV

• Upload a current DPR and Planner showing your completed and planned coursework through graduation.

 What happens after I submit my application?

After the  submission window has closed, the Department's Internship Coordinator will review and send complete applications to each site identified. Some sites will conduct interviews of potential interns. The Department Internship Coordinator will notify students which site(s) they have been accepted to in May.  

If I get an internship will I automatically be enrolled in CADV 394?

Once you accept an internship placement, you will be given a permission number to add the Internship Seminar (CADV 394) for Fall. All students completing a department-sponsored internship are required to be enrolled in CADV 394 during Fall semester and CADV 494 during Spring semester.

If I have questions that can't be addressed on this website, who can I contact? 

If you have questions you can direct them to Dr. Taylor:

What do students say about the internship?
Students report that their CADV internship has been one of the most instrumental aspects in deciding on post-graduate plans. Many students create bonds with real children and teens which helps to make the classroom content come alive and relevant. Some students develop important networks with professionals in the field, also aiding their career pathway after graduation. 

Why would someone decide to do the internship?

  • I want to "test out" this type of career/profession.
  • I don't have a lot of experience actually working with youth.
  • I only have experience working with young children; I want to work with older kids.
  • I've never had a job and I need some basic work experience.
  • The graduate program I plan to attend requires that I have a certain number of hours working with youth.
  • I want to better understand how an organization works. 

Why would someone decide NOT to do the internship?

  • I don't need/want additional experience working with youth. I don't plan to pursue a career working directly with youth.
  • I would benefit more from taking other courses listed in the Professional Development section.
  • There isn't a community site that matches my interests.


Internship Placements for 2016-2017

AS/CSUN Children's Center

18111 Nordhoff Street

Northridge, CA 91330-8278

(site: 18343 Plummer Street)

818.677.2012 Fax 818.677.6796

Web site:

Contact: Jennifer De La Torre, Assistant Director, at 818-677-2012, 


Population Served:   Toddlers and preschool children.

Program Mission:

Provide quality, developmentally appropriate childcare and early education services to children of CSUN student parents so they can graduate and attain their goals.

Learning Opportunities for Students:

Interns work as a member of the teaching team in a classroom of two-year-old through 5 years old preschoolers.  Interns will interact with children, assess informally through observation, plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities/curriculum, address CA Child Development Division standards, engage children in problem solving and conflict resolution, and incorporate health and safety practices.  Interns will experience program administration by attending a Program Advisory Board meeting and will experience a different delivery system of care by visiting a licensed Family Childcare Home in our Family Childcare Network.  Interns are encourages to participate in classroom team meetings and parent programs

Student Learning Objectives:

Learning objectives will be individualized based on each intern’s prior experience and address the following common goal areas.  Interns learn to observe and assess children’s development and to plan for individual children, small groups, and overall classroom experiences based on the results of observation/informal assessment, using the California Department of Education/Child Development Division’s Desired Results for Children and Families system.  Interns also observe this system in practice in our Family Childcare Home Education Network by accompanying our Coordinator on a visit.  Interns refine engagement skills through interactions with children and teaching skills through planning and implementing developmentally appropriate activities.  Interns practice techniques for supporting positive behavior in children and managing a toddler/preschool classroom, from conflict resolution to transitions and environment.  Interns function as part of a classroom/teaching team and are invited to participate in professional development opportunities and program parent activities and an administrative experience.  


Monday through Friday, usually one day 7:30 am to 1:30 pm.  With approval, it is possible to split, with at least one day’s schedule to include 9:00 – 12:30 and additional hours to be arranged. Six hours per week total is to be scheduled; weekly schedule is consistent through the semester.

Additional Program Requirements for Students:

Interview Procedures:

Attend a group tour/interview. 


Orientation Process and Requirements:

Date(s) of Orientation:  TBD


Orientation Description:

We begin with a full day mandatory orientation before the semester begins.  In the morning interns join the classroom team in welcoming new children and families.  The afternoon is for staff meetings and staff development activities.


Qualifications Needed To Apply

Must obtain TB and fingerprint clearance, want to interact with  

young children, be open to learning from them, and be dependable


A.S. Children's Center – 2 different intern positions being offered 
1. Classroom Intern – UNPAID
Description: assigned mentor teacher, the intern will assist master teachers/teachers and other team members in providing the classroom program for the children.

2. Student Assistant Teacher Intern - 3 different paid positions (level 1, level 2, level 3)
Description: Designed for the CADV student interested in being an early childhood teacher, specifically preschool or early primary. The intern will be assigned to a preschool classroom and will be supervised by a mentor master teacher. As part of our teaching team, the intern will begin by assisting and progressively take on more responsibility through the year in the role of a teacher. The intern will observe children’s development and complete several children’s Desired Results Developmental Profile 2010 assessments. The intern will use the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale-revised to assess classroom environment. Using information gained from these tools, the intern will prepare lesson plans and teaching strategies to implement developmentally appropriate curriculum activities in the classroom, taking an active role in planning as part of the classroom teaching team.
Requirements: 10-15 hours a week
 Level 1- some CD units preferred
 Level 2 - 12 core units completed (permit not required)
 Level 3 - Requires a permit (has its own educational requirements)


Autism Behavior Intervention

Autism Behavior Intervention

Autism Spectrum Therapies

(updated 3/10/16)

Autism Spectrum Therapies

Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool

(updated 3/10/16)

As an experienced provider of child care and early education, Bright Horizons serves the needs of employers and families, offering high-quality child care programs led by nurturing, passionate teachers who help children learn and thrive.

Our curriculum, The World at Their Fingertips®, provides intentional guidance and rich experiences that build upon individual strengths and talents. With our child development professionals at their sides, children at Bright Horizons are assured of getting the care that they need, the creative learning experiences they enjoy, and the intellectually challenging opportunities they deserve.



Chatsworth Park Elementary School

22005 Devonshire St.

Chatsworth, CA 91311

Web site:

Contact: Bonnie Ramos at 818.341.1371


Population Served: 3rd grade students

Program Mission:

The mission of Chatsworth Park Elementary is to ensure that all students, including English learners, students with disabilities, and gifted learners, will have equal access to a high quality educational program in a clean and safe environment. Through collaboration, all stakeholders will foster continuous opportunities to positively reinforce the self-esteem of all students, empower all students to improve their academic growth and achievement to become productive lifelong learners to enrich their quality of life, and be able to function as responsible, caring citizens in a democratic and constantly changing global society.

Student Learning Opportunities:

Students will initially engage in a period of observation to become familiar with school policies, classroom routines, building and staff personnel, classroom objectives, procedures and individual students. As students become more comfortable with the classroom setting and functions, they will assume more responsibilities such as routing duties (taking roll, lunch count, checking in homework, etc.) and working with individuals and small groups of students. Once students develop skills and confidence, the intern may teach a group a selected skill or lead a project with a designated group. Students will assist the supervising teacher with project preparation, evaluation of assessments given to drive further instruction or remediation, formation of "fluid" groups based on skill need (not overall ability), and any assigned duty that allows for the classroom to run as smoothly as possible. Students are encouraged to contribute ideas and share their knowledge whenever possible.

Periods of Service:

Chatsworth Park Elementary School is a single track, traditional school setting. The school hours are 8:15 am to 2:34 pm M W TH F. On Tuesday, the hours are 8:15 am to 1:34 pm. Each Tuesday afternoon is set aside for professional development and/or staff meetings.

There is flexibility in the schedule to accommodate the needs of the student intern.

Student Requirements: TB Clearance

Child Care Resource Center- CCRC

Uupdated 3/15/16)


20001 Prairie Street

Chatsworth, CA 91311

Web site:


Cristen Sayegh

Phone: (818)717-1034


Population Served:

CCRC serves children, families and the community in San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, and Antelope Valley and the entire San Bernardino County - across all demographics and income levels.

Program Mission:

The Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) cultivates child, family and community well-being.

CCRC is a private not-for-profit agency dedicated to the promotion of higher standards in child care and early education through the quality, support, development, and education of children, parents, child care providers, and the community.

For over 40 years, our mission has been guided by our belief that our social and economic future depends on the quality of a young child’s experiences. We encourage the growth and development of children and their families through our creative, informative, and supportive programs and services.

Head Start Department:

CCRC operates 18 Head Start centers in the San Fernando Valley.  Head Start is a national program that offers high quality preschool experiences for low income families.  Head Start is best fit for students in the Child Development and Family Studies field. 

Internship Opportunities

There are three distinct internship opportunities within the Head Start program:

  • Classroom: Work directly with teachers and children in a preschool classroom environment. You will have an opportunity to observe children as they grow and develop social and emotional skills.  
  • Family Advocates: As a family advocate intern, you will work with Head Start families.  Family advocates work with the entire family, helping their child thrive not only at school but also at home.  This is a great opportunity for students that are interested in developing administrative and clerical skills, working with families, and working in an office.  
  • Disabilities/Mental Health Service Area: Work directly with disabilities/mental health specialists to conduct observations, attend assessments and IEps, training on social-emotional development, attend mental health Consultants meetings, conduct research on Mental Health resources in the community and monitoring activities in the classroom.

Resource & Referral Department:

  • Professional Development Coach-Student Intern: Under the direct and supervision, the Professional Development Coach-Student Intern will assist staff in providing instructional support, mentoring, and coaching to providers to enhance the quality of early care and education. 
  • Home Visitation Student Intern: Under the direction and supervision of the Home Visitation Supervisor, the Home Visitation Student Intern will assist staff to plan and facilitate home visits using the Parents as Teachers curriculum to increase parents’ understanding of their child’s development and strengthen the connection between parent and child. 

Service Locations:

CCRC Chatsworth Headquarters

CCRC Antelope Valley Office

Head Start locations throughout the San Fernando Valley

Periods of Service: CCRC is open 12 months of the year, Monday thru Friday

We are flexible in working with intern schedules as well as the CSUN academic calendar

Student Requirements: Fingerprinting is required (expense incurred by Agency); TB clearance

Child Development Institute

6340 Variel Avenue, Suite A

Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Contact: Jackie Ramuno or Wendy Lara

Telephone: 818-888-4559



Web site:


Preferred Method for Contact: Via email


Days and Hours of Service: Flexible, Monday through Saturday, except for a mandatory hour of group supervision per week (day and time to be determined).


Period of Service: Follows CSUN academic calendar


Mission of Organization:


The mission of the Child Development Institute (CDI) is to help all children reach their full potential by supporting the relationships and environments that shape early development.

Population and/or Ages Served:   Children ages 0-6 and their families.

Roles and Responsibilities of Interns:

  • Curriculum planning and implementation at the CDI Early Learning Center
  • Observe and assist lead therapist providing early intervention services
  • Video tape therapeutic sessions as needed
  • Support general office duties; filing, copying and data entry, etc.
  • Attend and support activities community outing activities (may involve some weekends)
  • Other duties as needed


Student Learning Objectives:

  • Understand and be knowledgeable about typical and atypical development in children,  birth through six years of age
  • Create and implement developmentally and age appropriate activities for children
  • Understand range of individual differences that exist in children and how these differences influence behavior and learning
  • Understand and be sensitive to social, cultural, and societal contexts and diversity within which children develop
  • Communicate and interact effectively and appropriately with children and families at sites


Number of Hours of Supervision per Week:

1 hour of Group Supervision weekly

Quarterly One-to-One Supervision and as needed


Additional Program Requirements for Students:

Interview Process and Requirements:

Date(s) of Interviewing: late April, date to be determined

Interview Procedures: Group interview

Orientation Process and Requirements:

Date(s) of Orientation: First Friday of the semester, 2:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.

Orientation Description:

  • Agency – HIPPA policy and procedures
  • Overview of syllabus
  • Training on ELC Curriculum Planning and Strengthening Families


Student Requirements: Fingerprint clearance and TB Clearance (cost is student’s responsibility); name badge provided by CDI

Child and Family Guidance Center: Balboa

(updated 3/11/16)

Child and Family Guidance Center - Balboa

8550 Balboa Blvd., Suite 150

Northridge, CA 91325

Telephone: 818.830.0200

Web site

Contact: Dr. Jessica Reina

Phone: 818.830.0200 x 5640

Fax: 818.830.0206

Program Mission:

The Child and Family Guidance Center is a non-profit community service organization providing mental health treatment for emotionally troubled and abused children and their families.

Organized in 1962, the Center's mission is to promote children's mental health by assisting and strengthening the family through education, early intervention and treatment. The goals of our program are to prevent family violence, ensure the safety of children, keep the families together, if appropriate, and to promote the emotional, social and academic development of our youth.

Population Served:

The Child and Family Guidance Center is an outpatient mental health center providing services to children and their families of mixed cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. We provide specialized treatment of childhood physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect and maltreatment. Our emphasis is on providing outpatient mental health services, including but not limited to, evidence-based practices and interventions. We also offer psychiatric services, forensic evaluations (i.e., Assessment of Sexual Knowledge), school-based treatments, family advocates, and other community outreach services.

Evidence-Base Practices:

We provide many evidence-based practices (EBP) including, but not limited to, Child and Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). Each EBP has its specific treatment focus. CPP is a treatment for trauma-exposed children aged 0-5. Typically, the child is seen with his or her primary caregiver, and the dyad is the unit of treatment. PCIT is an empirically-supported treatment for conduct-disordered young children that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. TF-CBT is a conjoint child and parent psychotherapy approach for children and adolescents who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events.

Student Learning Opportunities:

Upon completion of their internship at the Child and Family Guidance Center - Balboa, CSUN students will have a professional understanding of trauma, child development, and a variety of treatment interventions and models that can address a variety of mental health disorders.  In addition, CSUN students will have the opportunity to participate in and shadow one of our clinicians in an Evidence Based Practice (PCIT); as well as develop and implement creative therapeutic projects for our children in the waiting room.  Students will acquire knowledge in various content areas in the weekly training seminars. 

Period of Service:  Mondays - Thursdays, mid-August through the last week of May

Vacation/Holidays- Clinic is closed between Christmas and New Year and closed on all major holidays.

Late afternoon to evening hours available. Must have at least two afternoons free (one preferably being Wednesdays).

Days and Hours Available:

Students will be at the clinic two afternoons/early evenings per week and commit 6 hours per week. This program does NOT follow the CSUN calendar and students are expected to continue working during their holiday and spring breaks, unless prior arrangements have been made.

Student Requirements: Fingerprinting is required (program pays costs); TB clearance (program pays costs)

Child & Family Studies Center

(updated 3/10/16)

18330 Halstead St.

Northridge, CA 91330-8292

818.677.3131 Fax 818.677.6004

Contact: Jerry Ann Harrel-Smith, Ph.D., Program Coordinator at 818.677.3131


Population served:  Preschool

Program Mission:

The Child and Family Studies Center at CSUN is dedicated to fostering continued growth and development of the "whole" child as well as forming a partnership with the family.

Our preschool programs are accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs and by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, as a high quality instructional site for fieldwork, internships, and research. Well qualified Master Teachers provide academic guidance and professional mentoring for field students and interns working in the CFSC classrooms with young children.

Our active learning approach, based on developmentally appropriate practices, encourages children to explore and interact with their environment. Our classrooms appreciate the diversity of our modern society. We have been an inclusion program since 1965 and have worked in sensitive collaboration with the CHIME Institute since 1990.

Student Learning Opportunities:

Students will have the opportunity to work with preschool aged children. Preschool programs emphasize the child's active participation and opportunities to explore a wide variety of ideas and materials in a home-like atmosphere.

Periods of Service: Follows the CSUN Academic Calendar

Days and Hours of Service Available:

2 days each week for 3 hour shifts, no 2 consecutive days

Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or 3:00-6:00 pm

Tuesday through Friday, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Additional hours available for CADV interns

Student Requirements: TB Clearance

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Child Life Program

4650 Sunset Blvd. MS#28

Los Angeles, CA 90027


Web site:


Katherine Schenk, MS, CCLS | | 323-361-3420 

Sonia Martinez, MS CCLS

Population Served: Hospitalized patients ages birth - 21 years old and their families

Mission of Organization:

Child Life services in healthcare settings strive to promote optimum development of children and their families, to maintain normal living patterns and to minimize psychological trauma. As integral members of the healthcare team in both the ambulatory care and inpatient settings, Child Life staff provide children with opportunities for gaining a sense of mastery, for play, for learning, for self-expression, for family involvement and for peer interaction (Child Life Council, 2004).

Philosophy/Mission of Student Programs at CHLA:

The Child Life Program is in alignment with the standards, philosophy, and mission of the Child Life Council including the Standards for Academic and Clinical Preparation. The Child Life Program values the reflective and critical process that is integral to helping students learn about Child Life. We strongly believe it is one of the ways students learn best. Through this experience, students will engage in enriching and thought provoking learning opportunities, which link theory to actual "hands-on" practices with children, youth and families (Chase Child Life Internship, 1999).

Description of Placement:

This community service experience was created in collaboration with CSUN Department of Child and Adolescent Development and CHLA Child Life Program. The focus of this experience is to promote learning in the field of child and adolescent development by linking theory to hands on practical opportunities in the health care setting. This community setting is a place that will support students interested in pursuing a career in Child Life, as well as increase students’ overall skills in working with children, youth and families.

WHY CHOOSE Children’s Hospital Los Angeles? WHY CHILD LIFE?

  • You have an interest in exploring Child Life as a career option
  • To expand your hands-on experiences with children and families in a unique health care setting
  • To gain professional skills for supporting the overall development, especially the social/emotional needs, of children and families that can be used across settings
  • Be in a fast paced environment where multitasking and flexibility is key
  • To expand your knowledge of child and adolescent development theories and put it into practice with children and families
  • To enhance your critical and reflective thinking skills
  • To support your overall professional growth and development
  • To work with children and families from culturally diverse backgrounds


Period of Service: Follows CSUN Academic Calendar

Days/Hours of Service: Primarily Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Limited evening and weekend hours are available. If an intern is placed in an evening or weekend shift one semester the intern needs to be available during the weekdays the following semester.

Students Requirements:

Interns need to have taken CADV 450 or be enrolled in course for the fall or spring semester during their internship, name badge, background check, TB test, Child Life Orientation.


CHIME Institute’s Schwarzenegger Community School

19722 Collier St.

Woodland Hills, CA 91364


Web site:

Contact: Amy Hanreddy, Interim Executive Director of Charter School and Interim Principal

Population Served: Kindergarten through eighth grade

Program Mission:

The CHIME Institute develops and implements model programs that support all children to achieve their maximum potential, and that provide dynamic research and training environments to disseminate best educational practices. CHIME emphasizes:

  • caring, nurturing, intellectually challenging, community centered environments
  • collaboration between families and educational teams
  • individualized education appropriate to each child and family's unique strengths and needs
  • an appreciation of diversity including culture, background, ability, preferences, and learning style
  • an inclusive learning community, with some children in each class receiving special education services alongside their gifted and typically developing peers
  • embedded supports within natural learning environments
  • a commitment to innovation

Student Learning Opportunities:

Students will provide support to all children in the areas of curriculum, academics, recreation and socialization. Students will provide instructional support in the classroom under teacher direction and provide supervision and leadership in facilitating play and socialization on the playground.

Students will:

  • work as a team member to support the education of all children
  • support instruction in small group center based format
  • provide leadership in recreation and facilitation of social supports to students with and without disabilities

Periods of Service: Check with site.

Days and Hours of Service Available: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Student Requirements: Fingerprinting is required; TB Clearance


CHIME Institute Preschool Inclusion Program

Preschool Inclusion Program

Located at the CSUN Child and Family Studies Center

18330 Halsted St

Northridge, CA


Web site:

Contact: Annie Cox at 818.677.2922

Population Served:  Children ages 3-6 years

Program Mission:

The CHIME Institute develops and implements model programs that support all children to achieve their maximum potential and that provide dynamic research and training environments to disseminate best educational practices. The CHIME Institute provides model educational programs in family, school, and community centered environments that support all children including those who are typically developing, gifted, or have special needs to achieve their maximum intellectual, social, emotional, and physical potential. CHIME provides dynamic research and training environments for the development, implementation and dissemination of best practices for educating a diverse learning community from birth on.

Student Learning Opportunities:

  • Learn more about preschool inclusion: how to plan and modify curriculum to support individualized education program
  • Develop formal assessment skills
  • Plan and implement lesson plans with specific objectives in a developmental area


  • Supports inclusion in early childhood classes at the CSUN Child and Family Studies Center.
  • Serves children with disabilities, ages 3-6 years and their families.
  • Credentialed Inclusion Specialist and Speech Pathologist collaborate with classroom teachers and parents.
  • Paraprofessionals provide focused support and foster independence.


  • Developmentally appropriate interventions and therapies embedded within typical early childhood classroom settings and activities.
  • Emphasis on natural social and communication skills practice with peers.
  • Individualized approach to classroom modifications


  • Space is limited. Families enroll through the IEP process in their local public schools.
  • Children from all cultural, linguistic, religious, and economic backgrounds are welcome.

Certified California State Department of Education Nonpublic Agency.

Approved as a vendor for the North Los Angeles County Regional Center.

Days/Hours of Service:  Mondays - Fridays 9:00 am - 12:00 noon or

Mondays - Fridays 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Student Requirements: Fingerprinting clearance; TB Clearance


The HelpGroup


1. After School Teacher's Aide
o Description: The Help Group’s Kids Like Me program is recruiting part time staff to serve as instructors and/or aides for after school enrichment classes at our ShermanOaks campus. Classes typically run once a week from 4pm – 5:15pm for 8 sessions. Please note that this is very part time work. Instructors will have the skills and experience to develop and lead a fun, exciting, skill-building curriculum for a population of children with autism spectrumdisorder and other developmental challenges.
o Requirements: Students preferably have experience working with this population and have strong skills/expertise inorder to teach, or serve as a class assistant, in the following area(s): Bowling, soccer, basketball, karate, yoga, art, music (instruments, chorale music, song writing, drumming, etc.), computers – keyboarding, web design, animation, graphics programs; film-making, dance, gardening, cooking, drama/improv, chess, photography, robotics, cartooning, and American Sign Language.

2. Teacher's Assistant
o Description: We are seeking teaching assistants/ behavior intervention implementers (BII) to work in our early education program. Small class sizes. Supportive staff & coworkers.
Typical Duties:
- Assist the classroom teacher with all aspects of instruction in a special education classroom.
- Instruct individual & small group lessons as directed by the classroom teacher.
- Assist as needed during class lessons with behavior control, prompting, reinforcement, etc.
- Supervise student arrival and departure according to school policy.
- Assist with paperwork and record keeping as needed.
- Additional duties as assigned.

James Jordan Middle School

7911 Winnetka Avenue

Canoga Park, CA 91396


Web site:

Principal:  Maria Alvarado,

Assistant Principal: Margaret Malone,

Contact: Maria Alvarado ( ), Sandra Palomino ( )


Population Served:

382 students in grades 6-8

93% Hispanic, 2% African American, 2% White, 3% Asian. 87% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch. 19% of our students have special needs.

Program Mission:

To prepare a diverse group of middle school students to succeed at a four-year university. We provide a wide range of remedial, enrichment and support services to families to insure the academic success and character development of our students.

Student Learning Opportunities:

We hope to attract interns who have an interest that could be developed into a project at the school. For example, some interns might take on a cluster of 2-3 kids and mentor them throughout the year. Another intern might be interested in providing enrichment activities for gifted students. An intern might be interested in having a weekly discussion group with adolescent boys/girls about issues in their lives. Some interns who are considering a teaching career may be assigned to help a classroom teacher. We also need interns to provide small group tutoring in the after-school program. Interns contemplating a career in nonprofit organizations may choose to work on grant-writing activities. We have a very flexible schedule and open minds.

Period of Service:

August to December

January to June

Days/Hours of Service:

Monday through Friday 7:30am to 6:30pm

Saturday 9am-12pm

Interns may also wish to complete hours during our Winter and Spring Intersession.

Student Requirements: Public School

Fingerprinting and TB Clearance is Required


California State University, Northridge

Department of Child and Adolescent Development

Sequoia Hall 280-D



Contact: Danielle Watson at 818.677.4717


Population Served:

Preschool children ages 3-5. We work with children who are most likely to enter kindergarten significantly less prepared than their peers.

Program Mission:

Jumpstart's work is simple yet significant: to engage caring, civic minded individuals in service to work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Through an innovative program that features intensive one-to-one adult child interaction, and which consistently produces demonstrable positive results, Jumpstart helps preschool children build language and literacy, social, and initiative skills- skills that provide the necessary groundwork for later academic and social success.

Student Learning Opportunities:

Students will have the opportunity to learn about the mission, history, philosophy, and implementation of the Jumpstart program.

Identify and discuss the foundations of child development through course assignments, observation, and participation at assigned program sites

Increase knowledge of quality and responsive practices to children representing high-risk and diverse backgrounds

Explore and expand upon planning practices as well as instructional and environmental approaches to supporting young children's development

Recognize that families are powerfully influenced by and reflective of their families, cultural heritage, communities, and of society

Learn and identify the psychological, physical, and emotional meanings of "community" through personal reflection and theoretical perspectives

Build on leadership skills, as community service learners through critical reflections, analysis, evaluation, and collaborative problem-solving

Positively impact the life of a child

Period of Service:

Students must complete 300 hours during the academic year.Students who are eligible for federal work study can be paid for their services.

Days/Hours of Service:

Varies according to student and preschool schedules.

Student Requirements:

Students must go through background clearance and must be eligible to work in the U.S.

NOTE: Corps members are eligible for a $1175 AmeriCorps education award upon completion of 300 hours. Students who are work study eligible may earn $10 to $12 dollars per hour.


Kidspace Children's Museum

Limerick Elementary School

8530 Limerick Ave.

Canoga Park, CA 91306


web site:

Contact: Mary Ann 818 -341- 1730

Population Served:

This school serves children from pre-K through 5th grade. Limerick has a student population of about 1,050 students, with approximately one-half of those identified as English learners.

Program Mission:

To provide meaningful learning opportunities to prepare students to adapt and compete in a rapidly changing world.

Student Learning Opportunities:

The focus of the internship will be direct interaction with students. Interns will assist classroom teachers with students by working with individuals or in a small group setting. Interns also will have the opportunity to observe and interact with student during outside play periods and assist with normal, minimal clerical duties. They will participate in a regular supervision meeting.

Other opportunities available to interns at this site include:

Possible attending weekly staff development meetings, which often focus on professional development.

Participating in group meetings of teachers within a grade to plan the curriculum.

Attending IEP conferences (with appropriate permission)

Work with the Parent Center, a computer lab, a math lab, and with a literacy coach

Monthly Title I parent meetings

Period of Service:

September through June.

Days/Hours of Service:

Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm (1:00 pm on Tuesday)

Student Requirements:

TB Clearance

Monarch Christian School

22280 Devonshire St. Chatsworth, CA 91311

Web site:

Contact: Brittany Hannon, Director of Early Education | 818-882-8023


Program Mission:

With uncompromising Christian education and in partnership with home and church, Monarch Christian School strives to provide every opportunity for excellence academically, spiritually, socially, and physically-all for the glory of God. Click here for more information on our website, including our philosophy of education.

Population Served:

Infants through Transitional Kindergarten

Student Learning Objectives:

Observe and contribute to lesson plan development and academic instruction. Participate in professional development and training. Regularly meet with lead teachers and Director of Early Education to assess areas of growth and improvement.

Program Hours:

Monday-Friday 7:00 am-6:00 pm

Student Requirements, must complete before first day:

DOJ and FBI Fingerprint Clearance

TB Clearance

Multicultural Learning Center

(updated 3/10/2016)

7510 DeSoto Ave.

Canoga Park, CA 91307


web site:


Gayle Nadler, Executive Director | 818.716.5783 |email:

Carla Garcia, Program Coordinator |

Population Served:

The Multicultural Learning Center (MLC) is a K-8 dual language public charter school. MLC's vision is to bring together a diverse community of learners where cultural and individual differences are the building blocks of academic, social, and interpersonal success.

Program Mission:

The Multicultural Learning Center (MLC) brings together a diverse community of learners where cultural and individual differences are the building blocks of academic, social, and interpersonal success. MLC is a K-8 charter school with the goal of bilingualism and biliteracy in Spanish and English for all students through a dual language program. Children build literacy in two languages by engaging in hands-on learning activities and student-directed research through a thematic curriculum in addition to daily experiences in the arts. MLC teachers are responsible and accountable for meeting these educational program goals as well as professional and school-wide goals. MLC parents and community partners are actively engaged through a strong parent volunteer program, parent education programs, school governance, and student community service projects to support the educational goals of the MLC.

Student Learning Opportunities:

Interns will serve as teaching assistants in the dual language program and support students' biliteracy goals in English and Spanish across all subject areas. Interns will work with one teacher for the entire year, and develop relationships with your teacher and a class of students. Interns will work directly with students, providing whole group and small group instruction, and provide instructional support for the teacher. There are opportunities to participate in professional development and Family Nights as well as staff meetings. Interns must commit to the times and days they are scheduled to attend and maintain ongoing communication with their teacher/supervisor.

Period of Service:

September - January

February - June

Days and Hours of Service:

Monday - Friday, 8:30 to 3:15 pm

Student Requirements:

  • Bilingual
  • Fingerprinting
  • TB Clearance

MLC achieves these goals through three educational objectives: 1) A dual language education program in Spanish and English; 2) A thematic social studies core curriculum that integrates learning in math, science, language arts and utilizes the visual and performing arts as tools for developing literacy; 3) Accelerated School Governance Model that includes all members of school community in decision-making processes.

Interns at MLC work in the classroom with an assigned teacher for the entire year. This year-long experience allows interns to gain experience in classroom instruction and assessment, lesson-planning and curriculum, professional development, and school governance. Students must be bilingual in English and Spanish to intern at MLC, and complete a background check and TB tests. Interns must also have the desire to work in a school setting and learn from teachers who are experts in constructivist teaching, bilingual education, arts integration, and differentiated instruction.

North Point School

Northpoint (part of Child and Family Guidance Center)

9650 Zelzah Avenue

Northridge, Ca 91325


web site:

Contact: Kathy Le Breton at 818.993.9311


Population Served:

Northpoint is a nonpublic school/intensive treatment program at the Center's Northridge facility for children ages 6 to 18 with emotional or behavioral problems whose needs cannot be met in a public school.

Program Mission:

The mission of the Child and Family Guidance Center is to promote mental health for children and their families in response to individual and community needs, and in coordination with community resources.

Learning Opportunities for Students:

Students will have the opportunity to:

Observe academic instruction in the classroom in order to create, with supervision, an academic plan and follow through with instructing the plan in a small classroom. To provide 1:1 tutoring for learning disabled students.

To understand the role each team member plays in the success of students within the school and therapeutic setting. To become a member of a multi-disciplinary team, which includes clinicians, administrators, teachers, teacher assistants, nurse, psychiatrist, and recreational therapists. To attend group meetings as a member of the multi-disciplinary team.

To learn the foundation, theory, and understanding of group therapy. To participate, as co-leader, in a small group within the Northpoint setting.

Period of Service:

Fall semester- in accordance with the CSUN academic calendar

Spring semester- attendance for the internship for Spring semester will begin prior to the start of the CSUN Spring semester. Due to school setting, it is important for interns to be available for Northpoint students. A schedule will be created between intern and CFGC to accommodate the intern returning to internship early (examples: Northpoint spring break off, termination from internship early).

Days/Hours of Service:

Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Please note that students may be required to work additional hours to participate in training and supervision.

Student Requirements:

Fingerprinting is Required

TB Clearance

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission

Established in an effort to serve the homeless in the greater San Fernando Valley, the roots of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission grow deep, span over 40 years and were established as an outreach ministry of the Rescue Mission Alliance – a Christian based non-profit organization.

Founded in 1998, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission began as the Rescue Survival Outreach Services (S.O.S.) Program serving meals to the Valley’s homeless. In 2002, the Mission launched the Family Shelter program in a collaborative effort with San Fernando Valley area churches in response to the critical unmet need for a year round emergency shelter.

The program has been designed to provide homeless men, women, children and families an opportunity, not only to obtain food, shelter, and basic life necessities, but also provides a foundation for individual and family restoration by developing a personalized plan based on their needs for achieving personal growth, employment, and housing.     

Currently, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission provides a variety of programs serving thousands of men, women, children, and families including:

  •  Hearty meals and hot showers to thousands of individuals at eight locations each week.  – More about the SOS program
  • Three Thrift stores that not only help fund the missions activities, but provide an economical alternative for clothing and household items for individuals and families – Thrift Store information
  • An emergency family shelter that provides families up to 90 days of warm and safe overnight shelter, a place to shower, and at least two meals per day. –  More about the  Family Emergency Shelter

These programs, coupled with individualized outreach and case management, offer individuals and family’s physical and emotional support, as well as the needed resources and training to help better their position in life.

SF Valley Rescue Mission's status as an official internship site at CSUN is pending. Students are encouraged to apply if interested.

Strength United

YouthSpeak Collective

YouthSpeak Collective

444 South Brand Blvd. Suite #201, San Fernando, CA 91340

(Headquarters) 818.890.2928 (Organizing Office) 818-890-8033

web site:



CADV Research Assistant

Serve as an undergraduate research assistant on a faculty member's research project. Learn valuable skills in conducting research while being mentored by faculty member. Research assistants often have opportunities to travel to national conferences to present research. Some of this year's current research assistants have traveled to Austin, TX for the Society for Research on Adolescence biennial meeting and to Philadelphia, PA for the American Educational Research Association annual meeting.

The following faculty members are currently recruiting research assistants:

-- Dr. Emily Russell

-- Dr. Nancy Miodrag

o Description: As a member of Dr. Miodrag's lab, you will participate in the following tasks:

  • Complete human subjects certification
  • Attend weekly meetings, times TBD
  • Practice and memorize research protocol
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Recruit participants
  • Update and manage documents and databases and assisting with data entry
  • Receive training in SPSS data analysis

o Note: Sophomores and juniors preferred.

-- Dr. Roxanne Moschetti

-- Dr. Shu-Sha Angie Guan

-- Dr. Kandice Grote

CADV Peer Mentor / Peer Academic Leader (PAL)

Serve as a mentor to your peers in the Department's Peer Mentor Program. Peer mentors are paired with a faculty member and a specific CADV course for the Fall and Spring semesters. Peer mentors receive guidance, support, and training from multiple department faculty and gain valuable leadership skills and mentoring skills.

The following courses and faculty members are currently recruiting peer mentors:

-- Dr. Virginia Huynh

Serve as an energetic & enthusiastic mentor and facilitate a positive and supportive learning environment for Dr. Huynh's CADV 352 large lecture-format class (over 170 students enrolled).


- organized

- responsive to emails

- be proficient (or willing to learn to be) in Moodle

Peer mentors for my class will be expected to:

- Review and give feedback on syllabus & schedule before semester begins.

- Attend every class. Be the best student in the class by keeping up with the readings.

- Help to facilitate class discussion (where appropriate).

- Monitor Moodle forums. 

- Proctor exams.

-  Post PDFs of lectures.

- Lead review sessions (and create a review sheet) or prepare a teaching demonstration on a topic of your choice

- Submit 2 reflections of your experiences: 1 in the middle of the semester, 1 at the end of the semester.


-- Dr. Rosemary Gonzalez

  • Peer Mentor for CADV 406/L (hybrid)


-- Dr. April Taylor

Peer Academic Leaders

    • Serve as an energetic & enthusiastic peer mentor as you help majors navigate their progress towards the CADV degree, apply for graduation, and explore post-BA opportunities.
    • Participate in 1-on-1 peer advising, group workshops, and event tabling. Design advising tools and resources to assist CADV majors. Peer Advisors work closely with Drs. Taylor and Wakefield in developing department-level programs. 


-- Dr. Emily Russell