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    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.


    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.


    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

  • Joe Sola (‘99)’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums including: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Andy Warhol Museum  and Kunsthaus Gras, Austria, Museum of Modern Art Jean-Duc, Luxembourg. Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City.  His performances have taken place at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, MOT International in London, 356 Mission Rd, Los Angeles.


Internship Opportunities

The Otis College of Art and Design Student Counseling Services staff annually includes two part-time pre-doctoral or post doctoral level interns. The interns serve under the direct of supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist.

Internship Goals

The goal of the Student Counseling Services internship program is to offer training experience to pre-doctoral or post doctoral level interns, which will promote their professional growth and provide quality training experience in the areas of student counseling services. Training activities will be coordinated with the student trainees’ academic training. Interns who work in Student Counseling Services function as professional staff and work under the direction/supervision of the Director of Student Counseling Services. Individual and/or group supervision by qualified supervisors will be provided by Student Counseling Services. Intern evaluations are completed by supervisors.  The emphasis is placed on helping the intern to understand both his/her strengths, weaknesses, and to facilitate a deeper understanding of his/her process.

Internship Duties and Responsibilities

The Student Counseling Services internship program recruits two pre-doctoral or post-doctoral level candidates each academic year. The interns generally serve up to 16 hours per week. Currently, the Interns are paid on an hourly basis. Clinical training usually commences the day after Labor Day, and ends the last week of June.  Interns are required to carry full malpractice insurance coverage during their employment/internship with Otis College of Art and Design Student Counseling Services.

Under the general supervision of the director of Student Counseling Services, Practicum & Intern students will perform the following:

  • Provide one-on-one therapy sessions to currently enrolled Otis College of Art and Design undergraduate and graduate students who are experiencing a wide range of emotional, psychological, academic, personal, or substance abuse difficulties; be skilled at crisis intervention and management.
  • Document and maintain client files; be available for “triage duty” so that clinical emergencies are responded to immediately; conduct preventive psycho-educational workshops; facilitate or co-facilitate support groups for students with special needs; provide premarital, marital or couple counseling.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Director. Interns are expected to model professional behavior with student clients at all times.



Candidates should possess the following skills: crisis intervention and management skills, maturity, aware of their own process, and possession and use of sound clinical judgment; entry level clinical and assessment skills; proficiency in one-on-one therapy skills; ability to work with difficult students and anxious parents; collaborate well with other professionals, professors and administrators who provide direct services for students.


Other Important Facts

Trainees and Interns will be expected to work up to 16 hours per week. Interns will receive one hour of individual supervision per week and one hour of group supervision per week. Additional time for supervision and/or consultation will be available as needed. The regular working hours for Student Counseling Services are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., with anticipated evening and weekend hours.


Application Process

A complete resume, including descriptions of experience, content, location, and hours of clinical training. Include the type of license of each supervisor you have worked with (i.e., licensed psychologist, board-certified psychiatrist, etc.), copy of official transcripts of all graduate work. Three letters of recommendation, including at least two from licensed clinical supervisors. Applicants may OPT to give referees a signed "Waiver of Access Rights" which should then be attached to the letter of recommendation. Applicants will also be asked to authorize Otis College of Art and Design to obtain information from the consumer-reporting agency for background verification. Interested applicants who believe that they have the requisite qualifications and skills should complete an application kit, which should be forwarded to the director of Student Counseling Services.  In addition, applicants must complete an online application through Otis College of Art and Design's Employment Page to be considered for the internship program



Fred L. Barnes, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist,
Director of Student Counseling Services
(310) 665-6968

2011-12 Counseling Interns

Gloria Montgomery-Walters, Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago
Crystal Saidi, M.A., Psy.D. Candidate, Pepperdine University

2010-11 Counseling Interns

Krystle Hays-Hurd, Psy.D. ABD, Pepperdine University
Bita Nazarian, M.A., Psy.D. Candidate, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

2009-10 Counseling Intern

Dawn Decker, M.A., Psy.D. Candidate, Pepperdine University