Bringing smiles to seniors one visit at a time.
Internship Program

Below is the current application for the Fall to Spring Internship. If you have problems downloading the form, you may request one by contacting us. We look forward to receiving your application.

The application deadline for the current internship cycle is Sunday, November 6th, 2016

  • Sydney Cooper Senior Smiles: Internship Application 2016-17
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The Senior Smiles internship program will focus on providing valuable mental and emotional services for elderly communities and expanding various aspects of Senior Smiles as an organization. There will also be a concentration for interns to learn and gain important skills that are related to the nonprofit industry, health field, psychology, gerontology, and more. 

The program is geared towards college students and recent graduates, but if you feel the internship program is a fit for you, you are welcome to apply and will be considered.

Internship Description

  • Time frame varies with cycle (see application for more details); a minimum of 6-10 hours a week, with much flexibility during examination and break weeks
  • Primary Locations (varies with cycle): Westwood, Bel-air, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills, and Newport Beach
  • This is an unpaid internship. 
  • Interns will meet as a group with the Director of Volunteer Services on a monthly basis. This time will be devoted to a discussion on an appropriate topic (based on a short reading, an experience, open question, etc.) and any business 
  • As a part of a team, interns will be trained to assist in various Senior Smiles initiatives depending on preference. These include but are not limited to: creating an online presence for Senior Smiles, developing activities, organizing fun events for the elderly community, fundraising, and planning volunteer training, recruitment, and appreciation.
  • After a training session, interns will serve as regular volunteers at elderly care communities, providing companionship and activities to prevent depression, loneliness, and mental disabilities for residents.


  • Gain skills necessary to interact and offer companionship to the elderly
  • Gain first-hand experience with age-associated disabilities such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and stroke, as well as hearing, visual, and mobility impairments
  • Gain valuable leadership experience or knowledge in event-planning, volunteer relations, nonprofit organizations, patient interaction, and more
  • Upon completion of the internship, receive an offer for an official volunteer leadership position at Sydney Cooper Senior Smiles
  • A letter of recommendation and/or reference to be requested anytime after successful completion of the internship. Letters will be co-written and signed by the Executive Director and Founder of Sydney Cooper Senior Smiles, who is also an experienced geriatric psychologist. 

Great for those who are

  • Able to work with a team and take initiative after tasks have been assigned
  • Open-minded, bighearted, responsible, patient and creative
  • Interested in a career or further education in nonprofit industry, social work, the health field, geriatrics, psychiatry, and psychology

Questions? Do not hesitate to contact us.