CARR's internship program was created in 2012; since then we have a field-intern site for San Diego State University, University of California - Irvine, California State University at Fullerton, and American River College.  We attract Gerontology, as well as Criminal Justice and Public Administration majors.  CARR's unique internship program consists of harvesting public records from the state's regulatory agency over assisted living facilities - Community Care Licensing (CCL).  Through 'total immersion' in public record harvesting, students who care about elder issues including elder justice, and those who want to understand public administration through researching regulatory agency's enforcement and oversight practices, receive an up-close-and-personal understanding of the intricacies of agency policy and practices.  

If you would like to learn more about an opportunity with CARR, contact us (619) 795-2165 or

David Isai Romero, Gerontology student at San Diego State University 

"I chose CARR as my field intern site for the Fall 2018 semester.  My work with CARR has been an extension of my commitment to the field of gerontology.  I have worked as a caregiver since 2003 and will continue to pursue a Masters Degree in gerontology after I graduate with a BA in Gerontology in Spring 2019 from SDSU.  My experience with data collection and research at CARR sharpened my research skills and improved my understanding of how the senior care industry works (and does not work).  I highly recommend this internship."





Paul Crawford, BS in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University

"My work with Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) brought me closer to senior issues in the assisted living industry. As a Criminal Justice intern, I was given duties assisting with the everyday functions of the organization. I was hired thereafter as an Executive Assistant, responsible for correspondences, drafts, and projects towards CARR's mission. 

Over the past year, I have mastered an investigative approach in the not-for-profit realm. At CARR, the investigative projects are by far the best part of my job. In the context of our work, my investigations have taught me about the Department of Social Services and local assisted living facilities. The goal in my research was to spot injustices towards seniors and bring them to light. Through my research, I read cases of elder abuse, physically and financially; ADA and Health and Safety code violations; and cases that left the families of the victim (the senior) without the means to hold the assisted living facility accountable. It is these injustices that inspire me to continue my work with seniors. 

I thank my professors in my undergraduate program and my mentors at CARR for all their guidance. Throughout the years, I have been able to sharpen my investigative skills and learn best practices related to research. Now in my MPA program, I am prepared for what it takes to be a true social scientist. My goal is to use my skills and talents to assist agencies and organizations in senior living and services in the County of San Diego."



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