San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) is the second largest school district in the state of California, serving over 100,000 students. Due to its size and the diversity of the student population, interns have a unique opportunity to obtain a breadth of skill development across a variety of school settings, students, and communities. Because of this, our Internship Program is designed to build strong professional competencies across a variety of domains that develop school psychologists who can function in multiple types of settings providing prevention, intervention, counseling, consultation, assessment and program evaluation services. All internships within SDUSD are full-time, paid positions that require a year-long commitment. The amount of hours paid, as well as the daily rate of pay, are determined on a yearly basis based on budget availability.

Internships are based on the guidelines set forth by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). We provide interns the opportunity to work with a variety of student populations and perform a wide range of school psychologist duties in order to meet their university requirement and obtain the Pupil Personnel Services Credential. All interns are assigned a primary supervisor (typically in a general education school setting) that will be the intern’s home base throughout the intern experience.

Because SDUSD has over 170 school sites and specialized settings, interns have the opportunity to experience various sites through rotations for several weeks, as well as opportunities to visit and tour other types of settings within the district. Rotations typically begin in October, with interns typically participating in 2-4 over the course of the year, depending on the needs of the intern. The goal is to have a culminating final rotation that would be an independent school assignment, again depending on the needs of the intern as well as site availability. Rotation opportunities include comprehensive general education elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as specialized settings including school programs for students with emotional and behavioral needs, early childhood special education, and students with significant cognitive or developmental needs. Shorter visits or stays may be arranged with non-traditional school sites or community-based educational programs.

Intern Application & Selection Process for the 2020-2021 School Year

Thank you for your interest in being an intern with SDUSD. We will not be accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year, please check back in the spring of 2021!