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CAREER DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Learn more about the Career Development Internship Program!

Program Overview

The goal of the Career Development Intern (CDI) program is to provide at-risk youth, foster youth, individuals with disabilities, and homeless individuals with opportunities within the County of Los Angeles, and assists them in gaining the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to compete for full-time permanent positions.

 Interns have the opportunity to participate in entry-level work for 12-24 months in a variety of job assignments in one of the following specialties:

  • Crafts Support Intern
  • Heavy Maintenance & Operational  Support Intern
  • Information Technology/Technical  Support Intern
  • Office Support/Clerical Intern.

Who Qualifies?

  • Foster Youth Program - Current enrollment in, completion of, or current or past eligibility for the Department of Children and Family Services' Independent Living Program and/or Probation Department’s Independent Living Program (ILP).* 
  • Countywide Youth Program - Identification as an At-Risk Youth by a bona fide program through American Job Center of California whose mission includes fostering or enhancement of employment opportunities for at risk youth.*
  • Homeless Hiring Bridges Program - Individuals, who are homeless or formerly homeless as verified by a bona fide participating program through American Job Center of California whose mission includes fostering or enhancement of employment opportunities for homeless.
  • Disability Hiring Program - Must possess an Individuals Facing Barriers to Employment Program certificate from the State Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). 

*Note: Some examinations may require applicants to meet specific age limitations at time of appointment.

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, at-risk youth, individuals with disabilities, and homeless individuals; 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?

  • Foster Youth Program - Current enrollment in, completion of, or current or past eligibility for the Department of Children and Family Services' Independent Living Program and/or Probation Department’s Independent Living Program (ILP).* 
  • Countywide Youth Program - Identification as an At-Risk Youth by a bona fide program through American Job Center of California whose mission includes fostering or enhancement of employment opportunities for at risk youth.* 
  • Homeless Hiring Bridges Program - Individuals, who are homeless or formerly homeless as verified by a bona fide participating program through American Job Center of California whose mission includes fostering or enhancement of employment opportunities for homeless.
  • Disability Hiring Program - Must possess an Individuals Facing Barriers to Employment Program certificate from the State Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). 

*Note: Some examinations may require applicants to meet specific age limitations at time of appointment.

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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