Child and Adolescent Development

  • Students - CADV

Internship Sites

AS/CSUN Children's Center

(updated 4/25/17)

18111 Nordhoff Street

Northridge, CA 91330-8278

(site: 18343 Plummer Street)

818.677.2012 Fax 818.677.6796

Web site:

Contact: Elsa Lewis, 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 Learning Partners

Autism Learning Partners is a paid employment/internship position. To interview for the position, it is a minimum requirement that staff (including interns) be available to work at least 15-hours per week and the organization has specific availability requirements for that 15 hours. 

Autism Spectrum Therapies

(updated 3/10/16)

Autism Spectrum Therapies

Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool [various sites available -- indicate your placement preference(s)]

(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.



Camp Kelly (Summer placement)

New Growth, Inc. was created to ensure that families in Los Angeles have an accessible and inclusive space for their children.  At the heart of our efforts, we aim to develop programs that serve diverse populations and strive for more equity amongst the participants. Specialists, staff, volunteers, peer mentors, and parents will make up the community within the New Growth family.  We invite all to “Come as You Are,” so we can truly design a “Safe Place for all Humans.”

Phone Number: 818.253.9082

Kelly’s Captains is a volunteer and mentorship program at Camp Kelly.  This mentorship will take place at an inclusive summer day camp for children between the ages of 5 through 18 that encourages all to become involved in a safe environment free of judgments, stereotypes, and bullying.  Kelly’s Captains are taught to help and encourage the children they mentor.  They aim to strengthen Camp Kelly's daily operations. 

Kelly’s Captains Mentorship Responsibilities & Tasks:


Cedars Saini (Child Life)

Child Care Resource Center - CCRC

(updated 3/15/16)


20001 Prairie Street

Chatsworth, CA 91311

Web site:


Krischa D. Esquivel

Phone: (818) 717-4509


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); must be authorized to work in the US; TB clearance

Child Development Institute

Child Development Institute (in-person offerings available at one or both locations)

CDI Early Learning Center (Canoga Park)

7260 Owensmouth Avenue

Canoga Park, CA 91303


CDI Early Learning Center (Reseda)

18050 Vanowen Street

Reseda, CA 91335


Contact: Jamie Olivas, ELC Program Supervisor

Telephone: 818-888-4559


PDF icon CDI Information Sheet


Preferred Method for Contact: Via email

Days and Hours of Service: Flexible, Monday through Friday (9:30am-4:15pm), 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 caregivers 

Roles and Responsibilities of Interns:

  • Curriculum planning and implementation at the CDI Early Learning Center
  • Observe and assist lead therapist providing early intervention services (subject to availability)
  • 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: Typically, the First Friday of the semester, 9:30am – 12:30 pm, currently via Zoom. 

Orientation Description:

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

Student Requirements: TB Clearance (cost is student’s responsibility); proof of COVID vaccination with booster, if eligible; face mask and name badge/apron (provided by CDI).

Child & Family Studies Center

(updated 4/25/17)

18330 Halstead St.

Northridge, CA 91330-8292

818.677.3131 Fax 818.677.6004

Contact: Christa Dunlap, M.A., 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:


Amanda Brown, Child Life Specialist III| | 323-361-3731

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This FIELDWORK placement does not satisfy Practicum hours required for application to Masters in Child Life program. Students aspiring to become a Child Life Specialist will need to obtain a Child Life Practicum and a Child Life Internship. More information on these requirements is available at:


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 3-5 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 3-5 years and their families.
  • Credentialed Inclusion Specialist, Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, and Physical Therapist 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

Student Requirements: Fingerprinting clearance; TB Clearance; COVID vaccination


Family Connect

Become a trained volunteer coach monitor and provide court ordered supervised family visits so that children, removed from the care of their parents, can visit their parents in a physically and emotionally safe setting. Each visitation site is filled with toys, games, books and art materials to provide a comfortable environment for children and their parents to have positive experiences together. These visits are an essential service to increase the family’s chances for reunification and reduce the children’s anxiety while in out-of-home placement.

We are especially interested in bilingual volunteers who speak Spanish.

 See flyer for more information


Note: Fall placement requires prior Spring training: dates TBD

The Help Group

Website: Help Group

CONTACT NAME: Dianne Lotivio, Attendance Counselor | | 818.781.0360 x5565



APPLICATION PROCESS: After resumes are provided to the Help Group, all candidates will be offered an in-person interview. Candidates will also be asked to verify their preferred program. Upon acceptance, candidate must complete all qualifications needed to volunteer:

1) Volunteer Application and Commitment form

2) TB and fingerprint clearance (funded by the Help Group)

3) Background check (funded by the Help Group)

4) Proof of COVID Vaccination

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-E



Contact: Osvaldo Cabadas at 818.677.4717


PDF icon FY20 AmeriCorps Member Position Description CSUN.pdf

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.

Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday: 8am to 12pm

Tuesday/ Thursday/ Friday: 8am to 12pm

Student Requirements:

-      Students must go through background clearance

-      TB Test

-      Must be eligible to work in the U.S.

NOTE: Jumpstart Members are eligible for a $1,252 AmeriCorps education award upon completion of 300 hours. Students who are work study eligible may earn $12 to $13 per hour.


Justice Corps (Los Angeles) (requires travel to Los Angels courthuoses)

Justice Corps    

JusticeCorpsFlyer.pdf PDF icon

web site:

Program Coordinator: Alexa Ocio -- AOCIO@LACOURT.ORG

JusticeCorps is an innovative approach to solving one of the more pressing issues faced by courts around the country today: providing equal access to justice.
JusticeCorps recruits and trains university students annually to serve in California's overburdening legal self-help centers which specialize in family law, housing, landlord/tenant disputes, or small claims.

Program Benefits

1. Learn about the law & the legal field.
2. Earn an educational award with AmeriCorps.
3. Provide a much needed service across locations in Los Angeles.
4. Develop networking opportunities.
5. Gain professional experience & transferable life skills by working with court staff & the public.
6. Earn course credit.

Kennedy High School (school counseling)

(updated 3/8/17)

John F. Kennedy High School

11254 Gothic Ave.

Granada Hills. 91344




Lorna Milman, School Counselor at 818-271-2928 or

Population Served:

High school students age 14-18

Gifted, Special Ed, Magnet students in arts, technology, and medical

Program Mission:

We strive to offer an effective education to our diverse student population and to provide them with the skills they will need to become positive contributors to the twenty-first century. Counselors work with the “whole child” and address the academic, social-emotional, and career needs of our students.

Student Learning Opportunities:

Observe and participate in the running of a counseling department in a high school environment.

Many opportunities to learn about counseling and teaching, and to help make a difference in a student’s life.

Hours available: Monday - Friday, 8AM-3PM

Student Requirements:

Desire to work with adolescents in a school setting. Must have initiative, enthusiasm, patience, and be dependable, reliable, and motivated.

Interview Procedures: Interview with counselors

Orientation Process and Requirements: LAUSD Volunteer form and TB test (can be done at our local school clinic for a nominal fee)

Date(s) of Orientation: TBD  

Kidspace Children's Museum

(updated 1/21/20)

Kidspace Children's Museum

480 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103

(626) 449-9144


Contact: Heather Grimaldi, Programs Manager,

PDF iconKidspace Internship Information 012120.pdf

The Legacy Center

The Legacy Center

6011 Variel Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Phone: 818.458.1656


web site:

Contact: Jacqueline Bisquera, Director,, (818) 458-1656

 The Legacy Center is a community resource organization “embracing diversity and enhancing opportunity” for individuals and families living with the challenge of disability.

We offer a variety of classes and services under one roof and pride ourselves on the collaborative and creative nature of our curriculum and instruction.

The HUS Legacy Foundation is dedicated to enhancing educational and life opportunities for learners with disabilities and diverse challenges through our programs at the Legacy Center ( We are family inclusive because we know that the greatest advocates and the main support for these individuals are those that live life alongside them. Our programs are literacy based where that definition equates to competency. Our goal is to grow individual skills across all realms of life, from reading literacy to physical literacy. Our core programs include language and communication, academic skills and practice, art and creativity, and movement and fitness. We believe strongly in the ability of technology to level the playing field for diverse learners and integrate assistive technology in all of our programs.

We strive to build and ensure the right of every individual to live a life of rich experiences that challenge the body, expand the mind, and grow the soul.

Student Experience

Student interns can expect to be involved in many aspects of the center including assisting and facilitating our participants. Programs include day to day tutoring and/or assisting in classroom type programs,  a summer camp, body and movement physical literacy sessions, cooking, reading, art and gardening.  We also offer Spring and Summer camp on site which include a taste of all our programs plus social outings in the local community. Interns are given training in the basic tenets of the center, the details of each activity and then invited to take leadership roles in either conducting an activity or designing an activity. We believe strongly that our internships should provide self growth, build self confidence and promote advocacy in the form of promoting access and opportunity for diverse learners.

Student Intern Requirements:

Successful completion of at least one course on special needs populations required of applicants.

LiveScan, fingerprinting, background check, TB test, required for placement (fees for most of these will be paid by the foundation).

Limerick Elementary School

8530 Limerick Ave.

Canoga Park, CA 91306


web site:

Contact: Sharon Eells,  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

Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition, and Dietetics

Meadowlark Elementary School

Phone: 661-269-8140

Contact: Anetrise Jones email: < >

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.

New Directions for Youth

(updated 1/21/20)

New Directions for Youth


Contact: Ani Belichkov, Director of Development

Judy Leventhal, Arts Director

Population Served: High risk youth with behavioral concerns

New Directions for Youth provides a range of diverse services and programs to meet the complex needs of at-risk youth and their families.  Services include individual, group and family counseling, job skills training and placement, tutoring and literacy programs, anti-graffiti and environmental programs, health referral, programmatic alternatives to gang involvement, recreational programs, parenting classes and computer courses.  Programs range from traditional service provision to innovative, experimental, pilot programs.

Education and Career programs support youth and help them to reach their academic and career goals. Literacy Training provides school-based and community based literacy tutoring, homework assistance and study skills training for youth (ages 10-17). NDY’s Summer Youth Employment Program employs 15 to 20 low-income and or/underserved youth who are either currently or previously a part of the foster care or probation systems. Youth gain skills, develop work ethic, and increase their employability through the program. Other academic support and resources include GED prep and a Community Technology Center. 


Student Requirements:

Fingerprinting is Required

TB Clearance

Northpoint School

Northpoint School (A division of The Child and Family Guidance Center)

9650 Zelzah Avenue

Northridge, Ca 91325


web site:

Contact: Mary Becker at 818.993.9311


Population Served:

Northpoint is a nonpublic school/intensive treatment program at the Northridge for students in grades 9 through 12 with emotional or behavioral challenges whose needs cannot be met in a public-school setting.

Program Mission:

  • To develop each students’ unique strengths and abilities.
  • Remediate and assist in resolving students’ specific challenges.
  • Re-integrate students into a less restrictive educational and/or community setting.

Learning Opportunities for Students:

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Become a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Observation in the classroom setting
  • Participate in classroom activities and outings
  • Provide academic support in 1:1 format
  • Provide academic support in small group format
  • Facilitate lesson plans
  • Provide behavioral support to students
  • Reinforce level system and point system
  • Meet individually with teachers, therapists, etc. regarding interventions with students
  • Review IEP records, student records, educational charts, assessments
  • Attend IEP meetings
  • Attend Consultation meetings
  • Observe Aggression Replacement Therapy (A.R.T.) groups
  • Participate in Educationally Related Intensive Counseling Services (ERICS) groups
  • Attend weekly supervision meetings; meet with guest speakers
  • Learn about the field of Special Education
  • Work with students with various psychiatric diagnoses

Period of Service:

Fall and Spring semester- in accordance with the CSUN academic calendar

Days/Hours of Service:

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

Student Requirements:

Fingerprinting (DOJ)

TB Clearance

Important:  Student must be fully vaccinated with one booster.  Masking is required on site.   



Panorama City Elementary School

8600 Kester Ave
Panorama City, CA 91402

818-895-4230 (Main Office)

Contact: Mary Ann Villuan-Santiago email: 

Our staff is young and innovative. They are dedicated individuals who care about our students and the future. We have an excellent administrator who pushes us to do better for the community we serve. We service the under-privileged and under-performing. What we do in our school truly matters to the lives of our students.

Here is what Panorama City ES offers:

1) Opportunities for future teachers both special ed and general ed

2) Teacher Assistant positions (they have to have at least 6 units per semester in order to apply)

3) We have a school psychologist 3 times a week.

4) We have Family Child Guidance Counseling housed at our facility.

5) We have a speech therapist housed at our facility.

6) We have an occupational therapist who works with our students at least twice a week

7) We have adaptive P.E. specialist come once a week

8) We have primary and upper grade (K-5th) special ed classes

9) We have preschool  program

10) We have PALS program (special ed class for preschool level students)

11) We service Pre-K to 5th grade.

12) We work with our Restorative Justice Coach on positive behavior supports

13) We have  Adult ESL classes held at our school

14) We have a Parent Education class called Kaleidoscope who works with infant to preschool age.

15) We service students from very low socio-economic backgrounds.

16) We have an after-school program called LA's BEST.

17) We are a ELLP Cohort school who specializes in small group instruction to meet student needs and provide differentiated instruction.

18) We are learning slowly how to become a STEAM school. We have a Promethean board, green screen, and purchased robots.

19) We have a parent center and community representative who runs the center. The purpose is to make sure we get our parent and community involvement in student success. Create that village to help raise the children we serve.

Portola Middle School (school counseling and in-class placements available)

Gaspar de Portola Charter Middle School, Highly Gifted Magnet, and Academy of Integrated Arts and Technology

18720 Linnet St., Tarzana, CA 91356

Phone: (818) 654-3300 (Main Office)

Contact: Jamie Domine-Alvarado (7th Grade Counselor) email:

San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center

16360 Roscoe Blvd, 2nd Floor
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Office: (818) 908-4999

Contact: Karen Quarterman  (

Director of Child & Adolescent Community Based Services


SFVCMHC, Inc. Family Wellness Center (FWC)

As a program of the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc., the Family Wellness Center offers supportive, adjunctive activities to the children and parents/families receiving services from our Children’s mental health programs.  Student Interns will have the opportunity to participate in multiple group activities (e.g. Parent Support Group, Teen groups), provide tutoring, “child led” activities, participate in program meetings (e.g. staff meetings and client case consultations), and attend relevant meetings with community partners (e.g. DMH, DCFS, other Community Based Organizations) addressing issues of child abuse prevention, and how to best serve the growing population of children birth to 5 years of age who are involved with the Child Welfare System.  Students will also have the opportunity to attend trainings and workshops to expand their understanding of issues surrounding child/adolescent mental health.

Job Description

Bachelor’s level Student Interns will work alongside the Manager of the Family Wellness Center to plan and implement some of the aforementioned activities.  Through participation in the Parent Support Group and as a facilitator of “child led” activities Interns will have the opportunity to hear different perspectives within a family system.  Students will learn about the impact of trauma and toxic stress as well as receive training in how to screen for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  Through the provision of weekly tutoring sessions, Students will have an opportunity to work one on one with children whose trauma and mental health diagnoses are interfering with their capacity to access academics, interact effectively with others, and manage their impulses.  These adjunctive services are an integral part of the overall services offered.  Students will be trained in and have opportunity to practice de-escalation skills, Child Abuse reporting, and how to support children in implementing effective pro-social coping skills.  Students will function as part of the broader treatment team working with Center clients and their families and as such will have the opportunity to participate in team Staff Meetings and Case Consultations.


Students will work 6 hours/week.  Their schedule will be established around existing groups and after school hours to meet the needs of clients.  The work schedule will also change based on whether Internship is occurring on-site or remotely. 

  • Remote Schedule
    • Monday – TBD
    • Tuesday – 3:00-5:00 (Teen Group; Tutoring)
    • Wednesday – Parent Support Group (Spanish) 3:30-4:30
    • Thursday – Parent Support Group (English) 3:30-4:30
    • Friday – Supervision and planning

**minimum 1 hour each week of Tutoring**

  • Onsite Schedule
    • Monday – TBD
    • Tuesday – 3:00pm-5:00pm (Tutoring)
    • Wednesday – 10:00am-noon (Parent Socialization Group/Child led activities)
    • Thursday – 5:00pm-7:00pm (Parent Support Group/Child led activities)
    • Friday – Supervision and planning
    • Other opportunities for learning to be scheduled in collaboration with Family Wellness Center Manager include:
      •  Project SAFE Collaborative meeting (4th Tuesday of each month)
      • Child Abuse Prevention Council (2nd Tuesday of each month)
      • Case Consultations
      • Staff Meetings
      • Locate, update, and organize resources (food, housing, financial, employment, social services, etc.)
      • Participation in trainings
        • Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) parenting workshops – series of 3
        • Youth Mental Health First Aid

Additional Information

Prior to start of semester, Students are required to obtain a TB test and LiveScan fingerprint clearance, at no cost to them.  They will also need to complete the Student Intern packet and review Center policies and procedures with Family Wellness Center Manager or designee.  Online HIPAA, Bloodborne Pathogens, Office Safety, and Sexual Harassment trainings are required after the Student starts field placement.

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission [complete supplemental application and turn in with match request]

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission

8756 Canby Ave.

Northridge, Ca 91325


web site:

Contact: Cassie Leon at 818.785.4476


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.

Days/Hours of Service:

Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 9:00 pm (tutoring and children's programming and planning runs from 5:00-9:00pm)

NOTE: Applicants must upload the Supplemental Application along with their cover page: PDF icon SFVRM Intern Application.pdf

Strength United

(updated 1/21/20)

Strength United 

Contact: Lunx Girgado, Director of Advocacy & Outreach

TRIO: Educational Talent Search and/or Upward Bound

(updated 1/21/20)

TRIO is a set of federally funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in pursuit of a college degree. CSUN sponsors two of these programs, Educational Talent Search (ETS) and Upward Bound.

The Educational Talent Search (ETS, grades 6-12) and Upward Bound (grades 9-12) programs at CSUN assist students in completing high school and pursuing a college degree. Our mission is to change the lives of first generation or low-income families by equipping them with up-to-date postsecondary and financial aid opportunities, promoting access to higher education, and enabling students to attend the college or university of their choice.

Information and required supplemental applications are available at these links below:

PDF icon ETS Mentor Position-Work Study rev 07.2019.pdf

PDF icon Upward Bound Tutor Position-Work Study rev 07.2019.pdf

Volunteers of America, Los Angeles (VOALA)

Volunteers of America, Los Angeles (VOALA)

3600 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1500 Los Angeles, CA 90010

(213) 389-1500

web site:



Rachel Chalmers, Education Area Supervisor, (818) 897-4124

Elga Urrutia, Child Development Internship Coordinator, (213) 718-4065, Email:


Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities. Our Head Start and Early Head Start program (located in San Fernando and Santa Clarity areas) offer high quality and comprehensive educational and health services to children and their families from low income backgrounds. We have several sites in the greater Los Angeles area that can welcome and support student interns to link developmental theories to research design and data on children's development.

Weekday Preschools

9650 Reseda Blvd.

Northridge, CA 91324


Contact: Debbie Goodman, Director

(818) 886-4949




Hours of operation 

We are a part-time preschool with all the children on site between 9-12. Office hours 8:30 - 2:30

Organization Description

Weekday Preschool is a non-profit center for children and their families devoted to a safe, healthy, inclusive and nurturing environment. There is an emphasis on social, emotional and spiritual growth through meaningful play-based learning opportunities. At Weekday Preschool, our concern is for the whole child. Our teachers facilitate learning through selected, child-centered activities that are appropriate for each child’s age and developmental level. We foster a positive sense of each child’s self-worth and a belief in their ability to be independent individuals. We are an early childhood program accredited by the National Association of Education for Young Children.

Health & Safety

Must have proof of negative TB test if working on site

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 [indicate which faculty member(s) you are interested in working with]

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 attended the Society for Research on Adolescence biennial meeting and  the American Educational Research Association annual meeting.

The following faculty members are currently recruiting research assistants:

-- Dr. Kandice Grote

In the Orange Lab, we focus our research on bilingualism in development with particular focus on cognitive flexibility (e.g. executive functioning and growth mindset), social experiences (perceptions of bilingualism and bilingual experiences), and dual language learning environments (e.g. multilingual education). Many research assistants who have worked in the Orange Lab have gone onto master’s and doctoral programs to conduct or apply their own research training. Since its inception, Dr. Grote has mentored over 30 undergraduates and continues to include a broad variety of opportunities in the research process (e.g. developing research questions, running subjects, interpreting data, and presenting research at local and national conferences).

CADV Peer Mentor / Peer Academic Leader (PAL) [indicate which faculty member(s) you are interested in working with]

Peer Mentor Positions

Serve as a mentor to your peers in the CADV 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 and mentoring skills. Faculty course assignments sometimes change, contact faculty member listed below for more and most up to date information.

The following faculty members are currently recruiting peer mentors:

Dr. Camacho

-       Course: CADV 373

-       Requirements

  • Declared CADV or Psychology Major
  • Completion of CADV 150 and/or completion of PSY 313 with at least a B

-       Expected Tasks

  • Preview student weekly assignments to ensure proper completion
  • Meet with weekly discussion leaders to ensure proper assignment completion
  • Locate and post weekly reading journal articles
  • Create brief (3-5 minutes) tutorial videos
  • Read required weekly readings
  • Attend in-person class meetings (Tu/Th 12:30-1:45pm)
  • Hold weekly office hours for students
  • Meet weekly with the professor to lesson plan

Dr. Huynh

-       Courses: CADV 180 & CADV 352

-       Requirements

  • Organized
  • Responsive to emails

-       Expected Tasks

  • Review and give feedback on syllabus & schedule before semester begins
  • Go over weekly Canvas modules for errors
  • Attend every class. Be the best student in the class by keeping up with the readings
  • Check in with students
  • Hold student hours/office hours
  • Help to facilitate class discussion (where appropriate)
  • Monitor Canvas 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. Meyer

-       Course: CADV 180

-       Requirements

  • Completion of CADV 180 with an A
  • Be available during class day(s) and time

-       Expected Tasks

  • Assist during in-class sessions and proctor exams
  • Review weekly check-in questions to see which students need help and set up times to meet with them
  • Hold peer mentor office hours once a week
  • If desired, conduct a mini lecture/class activity 

Dr. Taylor

-       Courses: CADV 394 (FALL) & CADV 494 (SPRING)

-       Requirements

  • have participated in an/the internship program in the past (preferred)
  • be available during the scheduled internship meeting times (for Fall 2022, Friday morning/early afternoon).
  • commit to the two-semester experience

-       Expected Tasks

  • Assist during in-class sessions
  • Monitor some discussion posts 
  • Check in with students individually for 1-on-1 or small group follow-up
  • Revise or create a lesson or workshop; present a lesson or workshop
  • Contribute to the building of a new internship website
  • If desired, there is an opportunity to learn how to build course content in Canvas.

Dr. Wakefield

-       Courses: CADV 250 & CADV 460

-       Requirements

  • Currently enrolled student at CSUN
  • Cumulative GPA > 2.99
  • Declared CADV Major or Minor
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Self-starter and ability to work independently on assigned projects/tasks
  • Experience in co-curricular activities/programs at the CSUN campus (preferred)

-       Expected Tasks

  • Regularly attend scheduled class sessions
  • Maintain regular office hours and be available for appointments (1-2 hours per week in total) to meet with students
  • Organize and hold review sessions/specialized sessions related to class activities and assignments
  • Organizing co-curricular activities that support student learning and engagement with the CSUN campus


Peer Academic Leader Positions

Dr. Rika Meyer 

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. Meyer, Taylor, and Wakefield in developing department-level programs.