The Paid Internship Program was developed for the purpose of increasing vocational skills and abilities of clients who choose, through the IPP process, to participate in an internship.

The Paid Internship Program allows a client to receive funding for a period of 6 months to 1 year, from the Department of Developmental Services and the Regional Center. The internship wages must be, at least, the state or local minimum wage.


Internship funds may be available for clients for a variety of models, including self-employment enterprises and apprenticeships, and other business opportunities that can lead to future paid employment. All businesses participating in the paid internship program must operate in compliance with California State laws.