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Are you interested in investigative research?  Are you passionate about elder justice or government transparency?  Are you curious about our aging population and how it affects policy?  Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) is a San Diego-based, advocacy organization dedicated to improving resident care in assisted living facilities by educating consumers and increasing industry accountability.  Our work is exclusively based on the public documents we harvest from California’s Department of Social Services and other state and local agencies since 2009.  We are a small team with a novel perspective and a lot of enthusiasm.

CARR offers an independent, flexible work environment and we seek talented interns who are curious and interested in contributing to our efforts.  As an intern you will work with CARR’s co-founders and will work on real projects that help us grow.  

Our ideal candidate is someone who appreciates our mission and is willing to integrate themselves into the various roles required.  Someone who wishes to improve their research, writing and analytical skills, expand their knowledge about social services and technology and is creative and thoughtful when interacting on projects.

Position Summary: This position will require students to systematically go through the public file for individual assisted living facilities looking for certain licensing and supporting documentation consistent with CARR’s scanning protocol. CARR obtains these public files for the student at the state offices.  CARR also supplies the hardware necessary to collect the documents. 

CARR encourages students to read the documents while engaging in the harvesting process to gain a familiarity with the subject matter (i.e. state agency and facility operations, key players, applicable state regulations, level of resident care, etc.).  This knowledge will prove essential during coding and research/writing assignments.

To ensure a well-rounded experience, students will be instrumental in helping CARR leverage the data into research projects aimed at educating consumers or initiating policy reforms. 

What Students Will Learn:

  • How to surveil and read state-maintained public files.
  • How to harvest relevant public documents to inform CARR’s advocacy and educational work.
  • How to code data using a specific protocol.
  • To help create meaningful content for a public audience (i.e. brief narratives, legislative proposals, or white papers) using a combination of data and independent research.
  • Excel spreadsheets  and Dropbox.
  • How to interpret state regulations (Title 22) and understand how the application of regulations may influence policy.
  • How small, not-for-profits operate, network and advocate.
  • About the role and influence of entities involved in this area of senior advocacy (i.e. District Attorneys, Legislators, Department of Social Services, senior services, other advocacy orgs, etc.)
  • About the fastest growing segment of the long-term care industry (assisted living), facility operations, state oversight and administration, issues facing dependent seniors, elder abuse and so much more.

What We Require:

  • Background in Gerontology, Social Work, Public Health, Criminal Justice, Law or other related discipline.
  • Highly organized, with an attention to details, methods, and order.
  • Respectful of external agencies policies and procedures and confidentiality.
  • Ability and willingness to communicate and be proactive.
  • Appreciation for facts, hypothesizing, critical thinking, analysis, community education and advocacy, and acquiring new skills.
  • Fluent in oral and written English.
  • Access to personal transportation.
  • Ability to lift and transport a laptop and portable scanner.

If this sounds interesting we want to hear from you.
We accept applications throughout the year.  To apply, please contact us, email us directly at or call (619) 795-2165.  Attach your Letter of Introduction, your resume with cumulative GPA, explain your interest in our program, what semester you are interested in, and any other details you consider relevant to our consideration of your application.

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