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Benefits of Paid Internship Program Leads to Employment

By Rae van Seenus on Feb 28, 2020 at 09:11 PM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

Congratulations to Sara Ostrowski for her current paid internship position, that will soon transition into permanent employment, with the Independent Living Resource Center of the Tri-Counties in May, 2020! ILRC is a valuable community partner to UCP WORK, Inc., providing housing, advocacy, and benefit resources to individuals with disabilities in the Tri-Counties. Their office is conveniently headquartered in the Westside Community Center building, also a neighbor to the agency’s Applied Abilities Program on Victoria Street.  

Sara works at the ILRC office once a week for approximately three hours, making copies and data processing, while the rest of the week, she takes classes at Santa Barbara City College, studying TV & Film Production.  By learning and using computers at ILRC, Sara tells us that she is fulfilling required lab-hours for her film class, while also working to improve time management skills.  “I love my job because it’s fun and everybody treats me nice.” 

Last year, Sara gained office experience working at SELPA, where she organized and inventoried the toys in their children’s program, but she shares that the work at her current job is much more meaningful.  “When I’m working at ILRC, I don’t have to go to day program, and that makes me feel more independent.”  

When Sara is not at work, she is producing and filming a TV mini-series for her college class, in which she is often the lead actress.  She also likes to read mysteries, watch movies, and go to musicals. 

For more information about the UCP WORK, Inc. Employment Program, visit http://www.ucpworkinc.org/employment-services.

Internship Program Leads to Permanent Employment for Sara