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Learn more about the Career Development Internship Program!

Program Overview

The goal of the Career Development Internship program is to expose transition-aged youth to opportunities within Los Angeles County and assist them in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to compete for full-time permanent positions. Interns are hired to assist in a variety of training assignments of typically 12 to 24 months varying in duration based on individual training requirements.

Career Development Internships are made available in one of four specialties:

  • Office Support/Clerical Intern
  • Information Technology/Technical Support
  • Craft Support
  • Heavy Maintenance and Operational Support

Who Qualifies?

Applicants to the program must be currently enrolled in, or in completion of, the Department of Children and Family Services’ and/or Probation Department’s Independent Living Program. Those who are currently or were previously eligible for the Independent Living Program may also apply.

Program Benefits

Interns who participate in the program will receive the following benefits:

  • A full-time temporary position which pays a competitive salary
  • Medical and dental benefits for the intern and his or her immediate family
  • Paid vacation, paid holidays, sick leave, and bereavement leave.
  • Life skills training and tools in preparation for a future with Los Angeles County as employed, engaged, and contributing citizens.

In the end, interns will be motivated, trained, and qualified employees capable of obtaining an entry-level position with County departments.

How to Apply

To apply for the Career Development Intern Program, simply create a Profile on the Los Angeles County online Job Application system by clicking below. You can search for open positions available through the program and submit an application for those you are interested in.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How did the Career Development Intern Program begin?

Over the years, the Board of Supervisors has introduced and passed several motions instructing County departments to employ foster youth and provide them with valuable work experience so that they may grow into a future with the County as employed, engaged, and contributing citizens. The internships will expose participants to career opportunities, provide on-the-job training and work experience necessary to compete for full-time, permanent County jobs.

Who is eligible to apply for the program?

Transition-aged youth with current enrollment in, completion of, or current or past eligibility for the Department of Children and Family Services’ and/or Probation Department’s Independent Living Program.

Candidates under 18 must present a work permit at the time of appointment. Some positions may require applicants to meet specific age limitations at time of appointment. For example, interns in positions that require driving must be at least 18 years of age.

Can I apply for more than one Career Development Internship specialty?

Yes; however, you will need to submit a separate application for each Career Development Internship specialty that you are applying for as they are available.

Will I be required to undergo a background clearance prior to being hired as a Career Development Intern?

Yes; you will be required to undergo a background check prior to your appointment.

Will I be required to take a physical examination prior to being hired?

Yes; you will be required to undergo a general physical examination prior to your appointment.

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