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The University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education Master’s Program Office (MPO) serves as a hub for academic and professional development and career advancement for graduate students in the Learning Design and Technology Program, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Post-Secondary Administration and Student Affairs Program, and Educational Counseling Program within the Rossier School of Education. MPO and Rossier prides itself on preparing counselors, administrators, and educational leaders for an impactful career in education. Our office hosts many seminars throughout the year to help our students feel more equipped in the classroom and after graduation. MPO fosters many opportunities for students to acquire internships as well as professional careers within USC and elsewhere. It is our mission to ensure student success within Rossier’s Master’s Programs and to serve as a viable resource to our students during the duration of their program.

Internship with Career Center


Career Counseling Internship

DEPARTMENT:  The Career Center


LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA                                                                 DATE:  Fall 2017


The Actors Fund is the only national human services organization that serves everyone in the entertainment industry and performing arts community through its offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.  Founded in 1882, The Actors Fund provides vital social services programs, health care services, career services and supportive housing, as well as financial assistance.  These programs have been designed to meet the unique needs of professionals in every aspect of the entertainment field.

The Career Center at The Actors Fund is a full career services office, assisting people in identifying and obtaining sideline, parallel, and new careers. The Career Center’s services include career counseling, career coaching, workshops, training, special seminars, and career panels.  The Career Center clients develop and implement their career goals through meetings with career counselors, attendance at special seminars and attending workshops.  The Career Center helps its clients identify their marketable employment skills and helps them to obtain new ones.

CLIENT POPULATION: Clients are performing artists and entertainment professionals with a wide variety of functionality and presenting concerns, including a great deal of ambivalence about getting non-entertainment work, mental health issues, disabilities, poverty, homelessness, and substance use problems, among others.

PART-TIME:  14 hours per week for Fall and Spring (Intern may start in early August, if available.) Schedule to be determined with student intern; due to our workshop schedules, Tuesdays and/or Thursdays are preferred.


Conduct individual career counseling sessions (5-6 clients per week); interpret assessments; participate in weekly workshops; conduct labor market, education, training research; update resources; and develop workshop materials as needed. Other duties and opportunities for training can be discussed, including self-directed research projects.


Masters level candidate in counseling, education, social work, or psychology related degree program. At least three years of experience in education, arts, community-based organizations, or related work experience.  Strong interest in working with the entertainment and performing arts community.  Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel are useful, as well as the ability and willingness to learn The Career Center clinical database.

Requirement: A background check will be required as there is a program at The Actors Fund that has minors under age 18.

COMPENSATION: A small stipend of $800 per semester will be provided upon completion of each semester.  Parking for two days per week in a nearby parking facility will be paid for by AWP.


REPORTS TO:  The Career Center Career Counselor, Dara Blaine, M.S

AWP Staff at The Actors Fund:

Joanne Webb, M.A.

Joanne Webb displays her talents as the Director of The Career Center at The Actors Fund, Western Region. Joanne’s position as Director of The Career Center includes leading a professional career development team in creating and managing new programs.  She prides herself in her proven ability to motivate and collaborate with creative people and organizations, enabling them to succeed in their strategic goals, enhanced through community alliance. This includes Arts Education, Entrepreneurship, and baby boomer/over 50 yrs. of age communities. Joanne focuses her expertise on encouraging artists to explore and successfully discover new career paths that utilize their creative talents and skills. Joanne has a BFA in Theater from Boston University and an MA in Psychology, Specialization in Applied Community Psychology from Antioch University.

Dara Blaine, M.S.

Dara Blaine is a career counselor and coach specializing in working with adults in transition. Dara began her career working as a camera operator/editor in the film industry and brings a solid understanding of the struggles faced by those pursuing entertainment careers to her work counseling clients at the Actors Fund. In addition to one-on-one counseling, she has been instrumental in developing and delivering new programs designed to answer the needs of this highly creative population, including trainings around creative career storytelling and developing portfolio careers. In her previous position as a career counselor at Beit T’Shuva, Dara counseled clients struggling to rebuild their careers in overcoming significant barriers to employment. Dara holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling, specializing in Career Counseling from CSU Northridge, and a BA in Media Studies from Carleton College.

Ross Berg, M.S.

Ross Berg graduated with his Master’s Degree in Counseling with a Specialization in Career Counseling from CSU Northridge in 1996. As a Graduate Student, Ross did Internships with Los Angeles Valley College Transfer and Career Center , CSU Northridge Career Center, CSU Northridge Volunteer Program, West Valley Occupational Center Career Services, Great Western Bank Human Resources, and Ventura Community College Career Center. After graduation, Ross worked as a Career Counselor at CSU Northridge and at UC Riverside.  After 15 years in the Career Counseling field, Ross left to explore Religious Services and ran a Temple in Los Angeles for close to 3 years; although deeply rewarding, Ross began to miss the one-on-one experience of helping individuals as a Counselor and decided to return to the field. The Actors Fund Career Center has been an ideal fit for Ross as he is both an Author and a Musician and is thus uniquely qualified to relate empathically to the challenges and rewards experienced by those in the field of creative arts.

Sophia Kozak, M.A.

Sophia Kozak is the Career Counselor for Career Transition For Dancers, Western Region, at the Actors Fund where she counsels, trains and manages the educational grant process with clients.   Sophia has worked with arts-based and social justice nonprofits for over 10 years. She brings her professional experience as a community organizer, healing arts practitioner, wellness coach and dancer to her role as Career Counselor. Sophia received her B.A. from UCLA and holds advanced degrees in Spiritual Psychology (Counseling) and Nonprofit Management.

Application Procedure:

An application consists of a statement of interest, cover letter, and resume.  Please forward materials electronically, with your name on any attachments, to: Joanne Webb at  (See application below.)

Internship Application

The Career Center

The Actors Fund











Name of Graduate Program:


Year in Program:   1st, 2nd. 3rd.

Graduate Program Supervisor/Professor:

Contact information for two references:





Relationship to you:





Relationship to you:


Statement of Interest Questions:  (Please use only one page to answer all four questions.)


  1. Why are you interested in this internship at The Actors Fund?


  1. What skills or experience do you have in entertainment, or related fields,

which will be an asset in counseling clients of The Career Center?


  1.  Describe your approach/philosophy in helping clients get “unstuck” when facing roadblocks regarding career issues.


  1. What are your future career plans and how do you think the experience of interning at The Actors Fund will contribute to your future career goals.


Thank you for your interest.

Marshall GA Fieldwork Opportunity

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USC Marshall School of Business

Office of External Relations – Marshall Fund (Annual Fund and Alumni Affairs)

Development Assistant

(Graduate Assistant Position)




The USC Marshall School of Business is currently seeking a graduate assistant (“development assistant”) in our External Relations office located in Downtown LA (USC Center on S. Olive Street, accessible by shuttle from campus). This role will work with and support a dynamic team of five fundraisers and alumni affairs staff who are responsible for raising annual funds to support the Dean’s Discretionary Fund.   They also develop and maintain key alumni relationships via the Marshall Alumni Association.


Position: Responsibilities include donor research, general event preparation, data entry, donor fulfillment assistance, record filing, mailings, information gathering/reporting and other administrative tasks.  Position will also manage other special projects related to the annual fund program.


Qualifications: Must be a team player with good verbal and written communication skills, ability to manage multiple projects/priorities, attention to detail, and a desire to make the most of an excellent opportunity to gain strong business experience. Must be able to use discretion to handle confidential donor information.  Proficiency in MS Word/Excel/ PPT/ Outlook is required.  We are looking for a commitment of 12-15 hours per week starting immediately and lasting thru the summer semester.


Ideal candidate will have an interest in development, higher education, alumni affairs, and relationship management.


Email inquiries, resumes and cover letters to Guillermina Molina, Sr. Director of the Marshall Fund and Alumni Affairs @ by 5/15/17.


Dear Master’s student,

Here in southern California, spring has definitely sprung!  To celebrate the return of warm, beautiful weather, we’ll discuss a topic that I don’t consider crucial to strong writing, but one about which I still get plenty of questions: that, which, and commas.

First, let’s talk about “restrictive” vs. “non-restrictive” clauses.  A restrictive clause is one that provides information that is necessary to identify someone or something.  A non-restrictive clause provides “extra” information, i.e. info that a reader would not need to identify someone or something.  Commas are placed before and after a non-restrictive clause.  You’re likely a little confused now, so let’s use examine an example for clarity.

Restrictive:   My sister who normally avoids spicy food wants Thai food for dinner.

Non-restrictive: My sister, who normally avoids spicy food, wants Thai food for dinner. Continue reading WRITING TIP WEDNESDAY: RESTRICTIVE VS. NON-RESTRICTIVE INFO


Dear Master’s student,

Welcome back from Spring Recess!  If you missed it, the last tip was on the hyphen; this week, we’re moving on to its cousin, the dash!

(Em) Dash

(If you’re a big punctuation wonk, you can read about the difference between the en dash and em dash.)  On traditional keyboards, there is actually no designated key for the dash.  (This is probably one reason people aren’t sure what a dash is, or how to use one.)  Never fear!  If you use Word as your word processing software, creating a dash is pretty simple:

  1. Type the word before the dash (do not hit “spacebar” after the word).
  2. Hit the hyphen (-) key twice (do not hit “spacebar” after the hyphens).
  3. Type the word after the dash.
  4. Voilà! Once you hit “spacebar” after the post-dash word, Word will fuse the hyphens into one big dash.

If you’ve never done this before, try it out!  There’s nothing like the thrill of seeing your first dash born of two tiny hyphens.

The dash can be used as commas would be around a phrase to which you want to draw attention:

Barkley—the only person I know to complete all the levels of Ninja Warrior—will join us for dinner.

You could also render this with commas or parenthesis:

Mt Midoriyama Continue reading WEDNESDAY WRITING TIP: THE DASH OR THE HYPHEN? (Part II)

The GSG Fund to Support Undocumented and International Students is now open and accepting applications

The GSG Fund to Support Undocumented and International Students is intended to provide financial assistance for undocumented students and for international students impacted by the recent executive order barring citizens of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The fund will provide emergency support for students facing revocation of their student visas as a result of the current administration’s actions and also enable students who have benefited from the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to pay the required fees to renew their DACA status.

Students may apply for reimbursement or support for funding for the following expenses:

1.     DACA Renewal Fees

2.     Visa Renewal Fees

3.     Travel or stay expenses as a result of delayed/impacted travel due to the travel ban. Eligible expenses include airfare, rental car, and housing accommodations such as hotel.

 *Students must include receipts for all reimbursable expenses.

*Students are eligible for a maximum of $700 in funding.

 Apply here: