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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.

If you are a business interested in hosting a summer intern, please click here.

If you are a student interested in applying, please click here.

Meet the Interns Kaiser Permanente


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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.



Businesses throughout Los Angeles recognize the need across the district, and the potential they have to impact students. The LA 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



We've partnered with some of LA's most prestigious companies such as:



  • Intern Yee Jin interviews LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Intern Darryl interviews the Atom Factory's Troy Carter at work.
  • "The world needs you," Chernin Entertainment CEO Peter Chernin says to the TIP interns at 20th Century Fox.
  • Salem Partners CEO Stephen Prough with Intern Eric
  • Fullscreen Chief CEO George Stompolos is interviewed by his TIP interns.
  • Suzanne Goin's Tavern Interns Ashley and Chris take a selfie on their commute.
  • TIP interns monkey around after a 3D screening of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" at Fox.
  • LA Mayor Eric Garcetti with Intern Yee Jin
  • Dad sends off Fullscreen Intern Lucy to her job.
  • Suzanne Goin's Tavern Intern Chris with his family
  • Kaiser Permanente Intern Maurissa hard at work
  • El Rey Network Intern German poses with a producer.
  • Touring Los Angeles. On the Fox lot for a tour.
  • Salem Partners intern Eric's perspective at work.
  • Sin City's Robert Rodriguez gives props to his trusty intern at El Rey Network.
  • These next top chefs pose with mentor Suzanne Goin
  • Steven's world was turned upside down by his internship at Fullscreen
  • Intern Lucy mans the reception desk at Fullscreen
  • Intern Maurissa with Kaiser Permanente's head of cardiology
  • Kaiser Permanente intern Maurissa meets the inspiration for Scrubs' JD character, Dr. John Doris.
  • The TIP interns eat lunch on the 20th Century Fox lot.
  • At the Little Theater on the Fox lot to watch "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" in 3D.
  • TIP intern Yee Jin interviews LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy


Carefully selected LA 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 culinary arts. 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 


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. 


If you are interested in hosting an intern this summer, please click here.

If you are a student interested in applying, please click here.

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LA Fund and LAUSD in this important effort. The future will belong to creative problem solvers, and
the #ArtsMatter campaign will help prepare the next generation of those unique and valuable colleagues."

Les Moonves President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation

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