Independent Living Program Internship (Santa Barbara County)


Independent Living Program (ILP) interns have the opportunity to gain human service work experience while directly enhancing the wellbeing of local transitional age youth working toward self-sufficiency and independence. Interns commit to serving a minimum of 3 quarters (nine months), working 12 hours per week and are provided extensive training and supervision. This is an unpaid internship, eligible for college credit.

  • Attend initial Intern training on Fridays for the first 5 weeks
  • Be available to work with clients throughout the week with possible weekend activities. Weekday contacts are often after 3:00pm but can vary.
  • Be willing to drive throughout Santa Barbara county for client contacts
  • Pass a thorough screening process which includes:    
    • Interview, 4 reference checks (at least 1 of these must be a recent or past employer)
    • Agreement to policies on confidentiality, child abuse reporting, activity safety and more
    • Live Scan (Fingerprinting), and a Child Abuse Index, Criminal Record Affidavit
    • Health/Drug Screen, TB Test
    • DMV printout of driving record


  • Serve an average of 8 clients (1-3 ongoing) - assisting with achieving goals of emancipation, intensive life skills development, self-sufficiency and independence
  • Attend various ILP Social Events and workshops to support clients in developing fundamental life skills
  • Participate in training which includes: Child Abuse & Mandated Reporting; Crisis De-escalation; The System of Foster Care; Emotional Regulatory Healing; Suicide Prevention; MediCal Note Writing; Boundaries/Therapeutic Self-Disclosure