An internship at the California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care provides an opportunity to develop multifaceted skills working for a unique nonprofit project that provides advocacy, training, and leadership to improve publicly funded services for trauma-exposed populations throughout California and nationwide. The internship is for 8–12 weeks and will give an insight into the key skills required to lead and grow a nonprofit organization.
Podcast “Safety Before Trust”
Safety Before Trust is a podcast dedicated to helping trauma-exposed people achieve safety, connection, and empowerment and helping agencies transform practice to work more effectively with clients by better understanding trauma and focusing on safety. It is particularly in connection with the Center’s Stop Trusted Advisor Abuse project.
- Drafting scripts/outlines of what to discuss for podcast episodes
- Researching and analyzing case studies
- Co-hosting an episode by the end of the summer!
- Marketing, editing, etc.
Stop Trusted Advisor Abuse
The Stop Trusted Advisor Abuse project is an online resource forum aimed at educating the general public about the potential dangers associated with helping professionals and trusted advisors. This section of the Trauma Informed California website lists the reasons to file a complaint against an advisor, individual rights as a client, cases of Trusted Advisor Abuse, advocacy groups, and much more.
(Note: This project is referred to internally by the Center’s staff as “TAB,” but that shorthand is not an accurate acronym and should not be used in any published materials or public-facing contexts.)
- Researching and following up on reported cases of Trusted Advisor Abuse
- Coordinating with Website Administrator to update and revamp website section as needed
Unsafe Behaviors Inventory (UBI)
The UBI is a tool designed to advance healing and safety by objectively measuring clients’ progress toward improving their safety based on questions about their behavior.
- Obtaining consent from and delivering clinical documents to new participants
- Updating database for the Unsafe Behaviors Inventory pilot study
Gabby provides webinars on trauma-informed topics using a public health framework.
- Helping with content development, visual aids design, and webinar set up
- Sending reminders to participants and webinar protocols to the point of contact
- Advertising to possible participants
- During webinar: keeping track of chat and questions and troubleshooting tech issues
What We Expect From You
- Highly organized and able to effectively work on multiple projects at once
- Ability to work well in a team environment
- Interest in learning more about trauma-informed care and the public health framework
- Demonstrated interest in psychology, sociology, public health, public policy, or criminology
- A strong desire to work in and/or improve publicly funded services
- Working knowledge of Google Drive, Microsoft Office programs, and web editing
- Strong writing skills and good statistical methods
- Responsible, organized, punctual, self-motivated
- Experience working within a nonprofit organization
- Experience working in an administrative position
- Past coursework in psychology, biology, sociology, public health, public policy, or criminology
We love our interns! ❤️ Look what they are doing now and what they have to say…
2021 Summer Intern
Rina is an undergraduate student at Amherst College (’24) with an interest in psychology, neuroscience, and sociology. After her summer internship at CCETIC, she continues working as the Project Manager, engaging in a variety of ongoing projects including coordinating with different agencies to provide trauma-informed trainings, conducting literary review, writing white paper/policy paper, etc. She has a strong passion for medicine and public health.
2019 Summer Intern
Sydney (Amherst College ‘22) is from Miami but has spent time living coast to coast and abroad. She has an interest in mental health with her studies including neuroscience, anthropology, and interdisciplinary courses. She has worked for CCETIC since Summer 2019 on a wide range of projects including the website, the UBI tool, and developing materials. She is hoping to go into therapy.
2018 Summer Intern
Sara Kaufman graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Anthropology. She returned as the part-time Project Coordinator in March 2020. Sara currently works as a Legal Assistant at Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP in Washington, DC and plans to go to law school for the 2023–2024 academic year.
2017 Summer Intern
Lorena was born and raised in the Bay Area, California, where she grew up in a large, multi-cultural household. She graduated from Amherst College in 2019, where she majored in psychology and completed the pre-med track. After graduating, she worked as a medical assistant for Planned Parenthood during the COVID-19 pandemic in California. She completed a medical post-baccalaureate program at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, New York. Since completing the program in May of 2021, she has been accepted into the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Octavia Neal is a licensed therapist in private practice and working full time at Kaiser Redwood City in Adult Psychiatry. She is married and has a 2-year-old. Octavia moved to the Bay area in 2010 and hasn’t left!
2012 Summer Intern
Sharleen Phillips is a registered associate marriage and family therapist in San Francisco, with a passion for harm reduction and accessible, client-centered psychotherapy. She is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of San Francisco. She currently is a facilitator for Josie’s Place for Bereaved Youth and Families and the SF SPCA’s Pet Loss Support Group. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, walking, and cooking.
- 2021 Summer Intern, Rina Li
- 2020 Summer Intern, Natacha Fernandez
- 2019 Summer Intern, Sydney Scanlon
- 2018 Summer Intern, Sara Kaufman
- 2017 Summer Intern, Lorena Ukanwa
- 2016 Intern, Octavia Neal
- 2015 Summer Intern, Rosy He
- 2014 Summer Intern, Julia Kagan
- 2014 Summer Intern, Lauren Friend
- 2013 Summer Intern, Tabeth Nkangoh
- 2012 Summer Intern, Sharleen Philips