For further information, please contact:
Lisa Valenzuela, MSW
UCCF Field Coordinator
University Consortium for Children and Families (UCCF)
DCFS Internship & Stipend Program
UCCF, formerly known as the Inter-University Consortium (IUC), is a federally funded program and partnership between the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the seven Schools of Social Work in Los Angeles (CSULA, UCLA, USC, CSULB, CSUDH, CSUN and APU). Under the Title IV-E provision of the Social Security Act, the goal is to improve the professional preparation of public child welfare workers. CSULA provides up to 16 stipends annually to students in their 2nd year of field placement.
Stipend: UCCF provides a stipend of $18,500. Students, who are placed at DCFS, receive specialized Public Child Welfare training as part of their MSW course work and commit to a year's employment at L.A. County DCFS upon graduation.
Admission: To be considered for a stipend, you must be in your second year of field placement and in the Children, Youth, Women and Families (CYWF) or Forensic concentration. Interested applicants must attend an Informational Meeting held in February to learn about the program and complete an application. Applicants will be invited to an oral interview conducted by an UCCF/DCFS panel. The UCCF Awards Committee selects recipients. Students will be notified shortly after the interviews.
To be eligible for a UCCF stipend, you must be able to pass a criminal background check, a psychological evaluation (MMPI) and a medical evaluation. If you are not able to complete and pass these evaluations, you will not be offered the stipend. If you are unable to successfully complete any of the program requirements after you sign the contract, you must repay the stipend.