The Intern Project

The Intern Project (TIP) provides deserving Los Angeles public high school juniors the chance to work in dynamic career areas through paid internships of four or more weeks during their summer break. Through TIP, students have worked in fields like digital media, entertainment, technology, health care, and design. These experiences can level the playing field for many students in Los Angeles. We empower student success; they change the trajectory of their careers.

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Meet Lucy

Why TIP?

80% of the students in Los Angeles live in poverty. Although this is daunting, research confirms that success has less to do with race and class, than access to equitable opportunities. Skills such as persistence, motivation, problem solving, self-confidence and self-regulation are better predictors of success than standardized test results. These are all skills that are nurtured by internships.

The Approach

Businesses throughout Los Angeles recognize the need across the district, and the potential they have to impact students. The LA Promise Fund is helping by:

  • Securing dynamic business partners on behalf of schools and students
  • Identifying and supporting outstanding, passionate LA students
  • Onboarding business partners and student interns, and matching students in great placements
  • Continuing to advocate for the both the benefits and the necessity of work based learning opportunities for students in Los Angeles

The TIP Intern

Carefully selected LA County students will work with leading businesses in fields they are passionate about including healthcare, film production, new media and digital design, finance, interior design, and engineering. Students gain experience that make them more competitive in today’s academic and job markets:

  • Real world application of skills and classroom learning
  • Understanding of technical concepts
  • Increased exposure to cutting edge technology
  • Soft skills, like professionalism, tenacity, communication, and confidence

The Big Picture

Exposure to a dynamic industry can be a game changing experience for a student. TIP provides an opportunity for students to grow, and for local businesses to invest in their community. The relationship between students and business, learning and commerce, can be a foundation for Los Angeles for years to come.


The application opens in January and closes in February.

March – April: Applications are reviewed and interns are selected
May: Interns are matched with businesses
June – August: Orientation, internships, ongoing coaching, professional development events and activities

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Get Involved

If you would like to host an intern or support The Intern Project and its important work, please contact our associate director of programs, Rhea Trinanes, at

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The Intern Project is grateful for the generous support of our partners and sponsors.

826LA (Echo Park and Mar Vista)
Ares Management
Beauty Con
Bruno Group, Inc.
Buro Happold
Chernin Entertainment
Los Angeles City Hall

Gagosian Gallery
Kaiser Permanente
Paradigm Talent Agency
Participant Media

Premiere Digital
The Los Angeles Rams
Salem Partners
Trybe Beauty
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