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.

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Intern Spotlight

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Rina Li

Rina Li

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.

Sydney Scanlon

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.

Sara Kaufman

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.

Lorena Ukanwa

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

Octavia Neal

2016 Intern

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!

Sharleen Philips

Sharleen Philips

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.

Intern Chronology

  • 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