The work we do in classrooms and on campus is exciting, but we believe that real world experience through internships completes an education. In our internships, USC Leonard Davis School students work directly with gerontology leaders and practitioners. This may be in health care, business, social work, government, or other fields.

We place USC Leonard Davis School students in private companies, non-profits, and government agencies related to aging in Los Angeles, around the country, and around the world.

How An Internship Works

There are two components: Supervised fieldwork and practicum discussions. Fieldwork often focuses on aspects of social services, policy, business, health services, advocacy, or administration. In practicum discussions, students collaboratively annadiscuss timely issues relative to their studies with professors who weigh in with presentations.

“In conjunction with USC Leonard Davis community outreach efforts and our tightly-knit alumni network, internships provide students with both valuable learning experiences and great career opportunities.”

Anna Quyen Do Nguyen, MSG, OTD, OTR/L, Director of Internship Training

Internships For Undergraduates

  • Takes place during senior year
  • Requires a minimum of 120 hours of fieldwork and participation in the practicum discussion class

Internship For Graduate Students

  • Entails a minimum of 240 hours of community work

Some of our internships include:


  • Front Porch Center for Technology and Innovation
  • The Be Group
  • Navigate Boomer
  • Wise and Healthy Aging
  • Health Services Advisory Group
  • Los Angeles County Forensic Center
  • SCAN Health Foundation
  • SCAN Health Plan
  • Partners in Care Medical Foundation
  • Motion Picture Television Fund
  • Pacific Clinics
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Memory and Aging Research Center


  • Skilled Healthcare Corporation
  • Country Villa Health
  • Huntington Hospital/Huntington Senior Care Network
  • Altamed
  • Angelus Plaza
  • Silverado Senior Living
  • California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics
  • Bet Tzedek
  • Jewish Home for the Aged
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Villa Esperanza
  • Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Hospital


  • AARP (Washington, DC)
  • Georgia Tech Aware Home (Atlanta, GA)
  • American Bar Association (Washington, DC)
  • Home and Community Based Service Strategies (Washington, DC)
  • OnLok (San Francisco)


Gerontology students have been placed at the sites listed above in previous semesters. It is not a guarantee that they are able to host students during the current semester.