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Maria Ruelas

Maria Ruelas, Ed.D
District Social Worker
Ext. 50130

LESD Intern Program

LESD serves as a Teaching Institute for the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. We offer an internship program for bachelor and graduate level interns to gain invaluable, hands-on experience in Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT), Social Work,  and Counseling. 

The program is a partnership with the University of Southern California (USC), California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and Vanguard University.

Intern Flow Chart
A day in an Intern's Life


Our program has received the following recognition from the University of Southern California:

  • 2016 Agency of the Year 
  • 2017 Distinguished Field Instructor Award
    • Van Bui, School Social Worker at William Anderson Elementary School 
  • 2018 Heart of Social Work Award 
    • Evelyn Garcia, School Social Worker at Will Rogers Middle School 
  • 2018 School Social Worker of the Year 
    • Maria Ruelas, District Social Worker at Lawndale Elementary School District