LAUSD Psychological Services Practicum and Internship Experiences
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the second largest school district in the nation with an economically, culturally and linguistically diverse student population. It is divided into six administrative units that are called Local Districts. For further information about the demographics of the district, refer to LAUSD Fingertip Facts.
Each of the Local Districts has a corresponding unit of the Psychological Services department. These psychological services units, in conjunction with the respective universities, are responsible for the administration of training opportunities for school psychologists. LAUSD currently provides both practicum and internship experiences that are in accordance with NASP requirements for school psychology students in each of the Local Districts.
School Psychology Practicum Experiences
School psychology practicum placements are structured to provide students with experiences that meet university requirements as well as exposure to all facets of the profession. Practicum placements are done for the LAUSD academic school year and are one or two day a week assignments. Students must be enrolled in a Master’s degree School Psychology program and have a Certificate of Clearance issued from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Interviews and school placements are done in the respective Local Districts.
Listed below is the contact information for the individuals who oversee practicum experiences in each Local District. Contact the person for the area(s) in which you are interested for more information:
Maria Elena Esqueda
School Psychology Internship Experiences
LAUSD offers both paid and unpaid internships which are full time (5 days a week). Interns are provided direct supervision and support by highly qualified staff. They participate in case reviews and other LAUSD professional trainings in addition to trainings specifically tailored to the internship. Graduate students who wish to be considered for an internship experience with LAUSD Psychological Services must be enrolled in a university school psychology program that requires a minimum of 1200 hours of internship.
Applications for an internship should include:
· A Letter of Intent/Introduction.
· A current resume
· Three or more Letters of Recommendation, two of which must be completed by school psychologists and/or university supervisors. These references are required for all placements from the last three years of employment or training.
· All undergraduate transcripts as well as a current graduate university transcript indicating the courses completed in the school psychology program.
· Verification of a passing score on the CBEST which includes test score results.
· A copy of the Certificate of Clearance issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
THE DEADLINE FOR INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS for the 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR IS MARCH 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Applications will not be accepted after this date. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants should not complete the district’s on-line application at this time. The aforementioned documents should be submitted to:
Psychological Services LD WEST
Susan B. Mora, Coordinator
2635 Colby Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Final placement for the internship experience is made and approved by the LAUSD Psychological Services office and is based on the results of the interview process and availability of a school site. Questions regarding internships can be directed to:
Susan B. Mora, Coordinator, Psychological Services WEST
Contact Information: email@example.com 310.235.3709