Despite COVID19 Crittenton Interns Provided 10,000 Hours of Service!

Despite COVID19 Crittenton Interns Provided 10,000 Hours of Service!

It was a challenging task for most nonprofits to accommodate interns during the 2020 -2021 academic year. For those nonprofits that were able to safely offer students internships it was mostly done virtually or in a hybrid model of service.

Despite the barriers to in person internships Crittenton Services is grateful to have had 10,000 hours of service completed by the graduate practicum students that joined our mission this past academic year.

“We are optimistic that for the Fall 2020 semester we will be able to keep in person internships in place in order to help our mission bounce back from COVID19 as we continue to serve the families and youth in our care,” said Martha Jasso, Communications Director, Crittenton Services, “This group of young professionals has been an instrumental support system to our mission for years and we are eager to have them join our team in full capacity again. However, we continue to be cautious by following COVID19 safety precautions for all staff, including interns, as they go about completing their daily activities.”

As of May 2021, Crittenton was honored to have 25 graduate students provide assistance to various programs across the agency including Crittenton’s foster care program. Graduate students earning their degrees and licensure hours for social work and therapy were those that completed their service hours with our team.

“I think I got extremely lucky with Crittenton as I was in the foster care division. My internship still required me to act as a frontline worker, so I was able to get out in the field and get hands-on experience. I experienced some telehealth procedures when interacting with the youth and foster parents on my caseload but primarily was able to see them in person, and create a strong rapport with my clients. I am so incredibly grateful to Crittenton for this time in my career,” Brienna Millard, former Crittenton Services graduate student intern.

Among the universities and colleges represented in this past academic year were partnership agreements with the following:

  • Cal Baptist University
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Hope International University
  • Brandman University
  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology

We continue to be incredibly grateful to our higher education partners and the graduate students that have currently selected Crittenton as their internship site of choice for the Fall 2021 semester.

For those graduate and undergraduate students interested in a career within human services, social services, mental health, social work and the nonprofit community we encourage you to consider Crittenton for your future employment goals. We are currently hiring and still taking resumes for the few internships we have available.

For more information about our current career opportunities visit our human resources pages.


Crittenton Services for Children and Families of Southern California (CSCF) is a nonprofit child welfare and mental health organization whose mission is to heal the wounds of abuse and neglect; strengthen families; and help troubled adolescents reach their full potential. Established and incorporated in 1966, Crittenton has an experienced and dedicated workforce operating 24 hours a day / 7 days a week providing comprehensive mental health services, shelter care, and other support services to the clients in our care. We provide a continuum of care programming effort that includes short-term residential, family preservation, integrated behavioral health, wraparound services, outpatient mental health, school-linked mental health, transitional age youth programming, and foster care services with a service plan area throughout Southern California that covers Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties.

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