• 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


    (213) 241-8142


    Alex Madrigal


    (323) 224-3138


    Katie Doyon


    (818) 686-4411


    Jeannine Topalian


    (818) 654-5041


    Danielle Duncan


    (310 354-3228


    Angela Deterville


    (310) 235-3714




    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 susan.mora@lausd.net.


    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: susan.mora@lausd.net 310.235.3709