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LESD Intern Program

LESD serves as a Teaching Institute for the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. We offer an internship program for bachelor and graduate level interns to gain invaluable, hands-on experience in Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT), Social Work,  and Counseling. 


The program is a partnership with the University of Southern California (USC), California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and Vanguard University.

A day in an Intern's Life


For the past three consecutive years our program has received the following recognition from the University of Southern California:

2016: Agency of the Year

Agency of the Year PressRead Daily Trojan article

2017: Distinguished Field Instructor Award (Van Bui, School Social Worker @ Anderson Elementary School)

Distinguished Field Instructor Press

2018: Heart of Social Work Award (Evelyn Garcia, School Social Worker @ Rogers Middle School)

Team Members at Heart of Social Work Awards

2018: School Social Worker of the Year (Maria Ruelas,

District Social Worker @ LESD)

Maria Ruelas School Social Worker of the Year articleRead USC alumni article


All candidates that are interested in joining our intern program,


please email District Social Worker, Maria Ruelas