LPU Press Room | May 24, 2021

Students in the Human Development and Psychology major must complete a one semester internship experience within their final 3 semesters at LPU. During the COVID pandemic, finding experiences was challenging and different than pre-pandemic. However, due to the wonderful partnerships already in existence or forming new partnerships, the students are still able to receive quality internship experience. Here are four 2021 graduating Human Development and Psychology students’ internship experiences with LPU community partners.

Briana Pinto interned this past fall at YWAM New Beginnings Home located in Puyallup, WA. The agency has three program homes; a maternity home, a single mothers’ home, and a birth mothers' home for women choosing to place their baby for adoption. Briana’s role as an intern was to assist in the day-to-day activities and with care of the young women in the aftercare home. She provided support for the young women with appointments, setting life goals, facilitated programs during the week such as a Bible study, and assisted the new moms with childcare when the mothers need additional help. Briana witnessed Christian values being instilled in the ministry through each staff members’ commitment to seeking God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Briana is exploring a career in social work. “I am grateful for this internship and all the classes I have taken at Life Pacific University which have prepared me for such a time as this.” Thank you to YWAM New Beginnings Home for a new partnership with LPU HDP students.

Keely Wall interned at LA County Sheriffs San Dimas station. Keely was able to go on ride-alongs and see the day to day challenges in law enforcement. She was exposed to the amount of paperwork a police officer must do and learned how the Sheriff’s department is responsible for the local, state and federal laws. Keely’s internship experience confirmed her calling of a career in law enforcement. Thank you to LA County Sheriffs San Dimas station for a continued partnership with LPU HDP students.

Besty Poot interned at the Church of God South West Regional Office in Ontario, CA which is a support for the Spanish speaking churches in parts of California and Arizona. They assist in providing support for the pastors and leaders of the churches to help motivate and restore churches and organization. Betsy learned how important it is to make events and services bilingual as a ministry for both Spanish and English speakers.  Betsy states “Through this internship I learned that communication and relational skills are important to run any kind of organization. This helps create a safe place for everyone no matter their abilities, background, and cultural/theological perspectives.” Thank you to Church of God for a new partnership with LPU HDP students.

Lindsay Crumbacher experienced her internship at Grace Christian Preschool in Mission Viejo, CA. She interned as a teacher’s assistant in a young 3’s classroom working with students who have learning differences and she was the curriculum planner for the Music and Movement program. Even through COVID restrictions, Lindsay was able to help make the classroom a safe and inclusive place for all the children. This internship confirmed for Lindsay a career in teaching with the desire to get her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. Lindsay explains, “Many teachers, including myself, see this job of teaching as a ministry. Not only do we teach and guide the children in our care each day, but we minister to the families of these children. When we are effectively showing Christ’s love to these families, they share about their experience at Grace in their community.” Thank you to Grace Christian Preschool for new partnership with LPU Human Development and Psychology major.

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