MSW Interns Gaining First-Hand Experience

CSH  launched an MSW Homeless Services & Supportive Housing Provider Internship Placement Program in Los Angeles, placing MSW students with local nonprofit partners  to draw students into the homeless services sector to launch their careers and gain a better understanding of supportive hosuing. CSH is hosting monthly trainings for the interns to supplement their classroom and field placement learning with homeless services specific content.

There are 19 students, 6 universities and 9 service providers engaged in this program. Our first training included CSH Speak Up! Advocates who shared their personal stories of homelessness and the role supportive housing has played in their lives. The Advocates also shared the importance of Social Workers especially for individuals who are making the transition form street to housing.

"Brenda Ventura, an MSW student at Azusa Pacific, interned with Kingdom Causes Bellflower(KCB) this summer and will continue her internship into the school year. 'My experience with KCB has been a rewarding learning experience,' Ventura said. 'I have had the opportunity to help in each department, including doing outreach navigation, case management, housing navigation, and assisting my supervisor with the implementation of policies and procedures.'"

Participating Universities:

  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Cal. State University Dominguez Hills
  • Cal. State University Los Angeles
  • Cal. State University Long Beach
  • Cal. Statue University Northridge
  • University of Southern California

Organizations hosting interns:

  • Century Villages at Cabrillo
  • David & Margaret Youth and Family Services
  • Harbor Interfaith Services
  • Helpline Youth Counseling
  • Housing Works
  • Kingdom Causes, Bellflower
  • St. Margaret’s Center – Catholic Charities
  • Union Station Homeless Services
  • Whittier First Day Coalition

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