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Youth Internship Program

Expanding Horizons Internship Program Recruitment

An Opportunity to Transform A Teenager's Life

The Expanding Horizons Internships (EHI) program provides low-income, high-achieving youth with an intensive experience that includes a paid summer internship at a professional work site, over 100 hours of seminars focused on career and college preparation, and mentoring from CRF staff and job site supervisors. We have provided over 1,700 Los Angeles area teenagers with high quality professional experiences since the program began in 1995. We can serve hundreds more with your support. 

Sponsoring an intern is simple. CRF recruits and screens over 200 exceptional students from high schools throughout Los Angeles and provides sponsoring job sites with a small pool of potential interns to interview. Once a job site selects one or more interns, CRF assists with monitoring interns’ performance and paying interns’ wages. Each intern will provide their job site with 125 hours of work each for a period of five weeks during summer months. Interns bring basic skills including typing, PowerPoint, Excel, filing, and more.

Join the growing list of companies and organizations that host CRF interns! There are a couple of ways to sponsor an intern. You can either sponsor an intern to work at your office or sponsor an intern to be placed at a non-profit site.

Sponsorship Form  | Download a Brochure

For more information, contact Lourdes Morales at 213.316.2125

Expanding Horizons Internships Job Sites

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An Opportunity to Transform A Teenager's Life


"The EHI experience changes interns' lives, but if you ask anyone at our firm, each intern we've hosted throughout the years has made a positive and lasting impact on our lives, as well."

Julie Inouye, Dentons


Join the growing list of companies and organizations that host CRF Interns!

The Experience of Hosting an Intern

When you sponsor an intern through CRF's Expanding Horizons Internships, you are opening the door for an enthusiastic, motivated, and hardworking low-income high school student. The interns bring a contagious energy to their work and job sites benefit from improved office morale and the opportunity to mentor youth.

  • Interns will work Monday – Friday for a total of 25 hours/week. See seminars and work days schedule.
  • Job sites also choose from two summer sessions: Group A (June 15 – July 12) and/or Group B (July 13 – August 9)
  • Job site supervisors determine interns’ tasks based on the needs of the workplace, see sample tasks and take a look at the Site Supervisor video. Your intern will gladly help you gain insight on any administrative tasks, helping with spreadsheets or other office work, or even expanding your social media footprint.

For additional information on Expanding Horizons Internships, click on the FAQ and Job Site Supervisor Guide. Click here to download a program flyer.

How Interns are Selected

Prospective interns submit extensive applications containing all of the information found on a resume, along with a one-page essay, and two letters of recommendation. CRF than interviews all applicants and prescreens based on general job readiness, career interests, and qualifications. Job sites interview 2-3 intern candidates per position and select the one they feel best meets their needs.

Sponsoring an Intern

Sponsor an intern, download the Sponsorship Agreement Form. Sponsors may also underwrite the cost for an intern to be placed at a non-profit job site designated by the sponsor or CRF.

If you have any questions contact Lourdes Morales at lourdes@crf-usa.org or at (213) 316-2125.

Expanding Horizons Internships - Apply

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 Expanding Horizons Internships

Now accepting applications for 2017!


How do I apply?
Follow the three steps below. Extended Deadline February 7, 2017.

Step 1: Complete Application Part I - Must be submitted online.

Step 2: Complete Application Part II - Mailed along with required documentation to address below.

Step 3: Parent/Legal Guardian Agreement Form - Signed by parent/legal guardian and mailed to address below. 

CRF/Expanding Horizons Internships
601 S. Kingsley Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Check the email you provided on your application on a regular basis. You will receive a confirmation and additional information.

For more information contact Esme Leon at esmeralda@crf-usa.org or (213) 316-2109.

Expanding Horizons Internships General Information

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Program Description

Since 1995, CRF’s Expanding Horizons Internships (EHI) combine paid internships in exciting professional settings with interactive seminars. The program starts in the spring and concludes in the summer with the paid summer internship. EHI provides professional skill-building, community awareness, and educational and college preparation seminars necessary for effective action in our democratic society.

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Student Benefits:

  • Attend interactive, educational seminars during the spring to strengthen skills in communication, presentation, networking, and collaboration.
  • Learn about the college application process, financial aid, and SAT preparation.
  • Gain confidence, responsibility, and a sense of independence.
  • Work as paid professional intern at a prestigious law firm, corporation, or non-profit organiztion during the summer.

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a junior or sophomore*
  • Neither parent attended a four-year college
  • Participate in the free/reduce meals program at their school
  • Be eligible to work in the United States
  • Available and attend all seminar and internship dates (see dates below)

    *Sophomores are eligible to obtain a paid summer internship if one becomes available.

The 2017 Expanding Horizons Internships Program dates are the following:


For a complete list of seminar and internship dates click here. For a list of the 2016 Job Sites click here.

*The 2017 dates and job sites are subject to change.

Extended Application Deadline February 7, 2017.

Expanding Horizons Internships

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Transforming the lives of LA youth for 21 years!




Since 1995, Expanding Horizons Internships (EHI) has provided first-generation, college-bound high school students in the Los Angeles area with an intensive experience of skill development and personal growth that prepares them for college, career, and civic life. The EHI program begins with interactive seminars in the spring and concludes with a paid summer internship at a prestigious law firm, corporation, government agency, or non-profit organization.




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