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Summer Internships

Hi Da Vinci Students and Families,

We are excited to offer internship opportunities and career experiences this summer! Due to the ongoing pandemic, most internships will continue to be remote.  Companies are still determining how/when to bring their full-time staff back to in-person work, therefore are unable to host interns onsite this summer. Please see below and keep an eye out for application updates/timelines.

Summer Career Development Options:

(Students will receive 5 summer school credits for any of these options)

  • Internship through the LA Chamber of Commerce Bixel Exchange LA Tech Talent Pipeline: Apply for an internship through this incredible program by June 15th.  They have internship positions (paid and unpaid; virtual and in-person) at companies like Snapchat, Verizon Wireless, Kaiser Permanente, and Boingo Wireless. Find out more information and apply HERE.  If you are admitted, please email Natasha so she can add you to the internship summer school programming.
  • CoLabL Talent Accelerator (Project Consultancy): Students will work with a team of other Da Vinci students and corporate mentors on several real projects aligned to employer and industry needs alongside CoLabL Talent Accelerator. The project consultancies will run from July 6th-August 6th and be 5-10 hours/week of work.  
  • Outside internship: Are you able to secure your own internship (this can be in-person or remote)?  Let Natasha know so she can make sure you earn summer school credit for it!  She will verify with the employer and onboard you onto the Da Vinci summer internship programming.

Other details:

    • Open to all grade levels, but students are expected to communicate with industry partners and Natasha independent of parents/guardian.  Students should communicate promptly and professionally via email.
    • All students applying for project consultancies or Bixel Exchange internships must have an up-to-date, error-free resume. You can view resume resources here
    • Application review will include a historical grades review

Questions or Concerns?  

Reach out to Natasha Morrison, Dir. of Real World Learning, at

Upcoming 11th Grade Family Meetings!

Hello 11th Grade Parents,

It’s family meeting time! We will be having small group family meetings to discuss college preparation, the application process, Naviance, and other important information to get your student prepared for their senior year of high school. This will also be an opportunity for us to answer any questions that you may have.

Below are the links to sign up for the family meetings with their assigned counselor.

Thank you and we are excited to meet with you all!

– DVD Counseling Team


Pam Baker (Last names A-Gl):Click here to sign-up for Pam’s meeting.

Nicole Tafoya (Last names Go-O): Click here to sign-up for Nicole’s meeting.

Cesar Gonzalez (Last names P-Z): Click here to sign-up for Cesar’s meeting.

Virtual Otis Event: Creative Futures in Art + Design

Interested in a career in art + design?  

Sign up for this virtual event with Otis! On April 13th at 6:30 p.m. Otis College of Art and Design is hosting a panel discussion featuring Otis alumnx professionals from creative industries in Los Angeles, including architecture, animation, product design, toy design, and graphic design. Students and their families, educators, and anyone who is curious is invited to learn more about how students can develop their creative interests into a rewarding career in a range of sectors. RSVP now.



FREE Summer Art Classes

Hello Parents and Students,

The Academy of Art University is offering a plethora of free online art classes during their Pre-College Art Experience (PCAE) program this summer. The summer semester will start in the beginning of July and they will be offering 39 different courses for students to take. Besides the wonderful opportunity to take free art classes, every student will receive a $1,000 Academy of Art scholarship for each class they pass if they end up attending the Academy of Art one day.

The summer term begins July 5, 2021 – August 14, 2021 (for Summer you can take up to 3 classes).

To view the application and for more information on this program, please visit this website. 

GRAMMY Camp Application

Hello Students and Parents,

The deadline to apply for Grammy Camp has been extended to April 15! GRAMMY Camp® is a 5-day nonresidential summer music industry program for high school students interested in having a career in music. Students from across the country can apply to one of the many career tracks offered during our virtual 2021 session. GRAMMY Camp faculty of music professionals as well as guest industry professionals provide valuable insight to give the campers the best chance at achieving success in their chosen career. For more information and to access the application, please visit this website!

GRAMMY Camp: July 20-24, 2021

Financial assistance is available to students who need it.

Letter to 11th Grade Families: State Testing 4/21 + 4/22

Greetings 11th Grade DVD Families,

For the 2021 Spring administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) students will be taking their state assigned tests remotely. This applies to both of the SBAC assessments administered during 11th grade: 1) English language arts/literacy (ELA), and 2) Mathematics. Our priority is to keep our students and educators safe by following state, county, and local health and safety requirements associated with the current pandemic.

This letter provides information about what students testing remotely need. Please see the attached letter (provided in English and in Spanish) for further details.

You’re Invited: Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Families on March 2nd

We invite Da Vinci parents/guardians and community members to attend a Virtual Town Hall meeting on March 2nd at 6:30PM to solicit your feedback on the steps being taken for a phased-in return to campus between April 12th-June 9th. Join us!

Virtual Town Hall for Families
March 2, 2021 | 6:30PM

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 957 4305 2884
1 (669) 900 6833

Speaking at the Virtual Town Hall on March 2nd will be Dr. Matthew Wunder, CEO/Superintendent; Dr. Jennifer Hawn, Chief Operating Officer; Dr. Emily Green, School Nurse; and Vicente Bravo, Chief Administrative Officer.

We will provide an update on our COVID-19 safety plan, discuss timelines, solicit feedback from families, and answer as many questions as we can. The Town Hall will be recorded and posted on our website. Because a Town Hall via Zoom may make it challenging to respond to everyone’s questions, we will also provide a Padlet to capture your thoughts, and request that you complete a survey that will be sent out on March 3.

(Please note: The Town Hall can only accommodate 1,000 participants. If for some reason you are not able to get onto the call, you will have access to the recording, Padlet and survey to provide feedback. Thanks for your understanding.)

National School Counseling Week

Hello Designers,

This week is National School Counseling Week.  To celebrate, your DVD counselors have recorded PSAs (Public Service Announcements) for students.  The PSAs will be played in designated classes throughout the week.  The focus for the week is on PERSERVERANCE.  Parents, if you would like to view the recordings or if your student misses out on seeing the recordings, the links will be added daily for each PSA below:


PSA – Monday, February 1st – click here

PSA – Tuesday, February 2nd – click here

PSA – Wednesday, February 3rd – click here

PSA – Thursday, February 4th – click here

Friday, February 5th – no school

From Miss Pam, Nicole and Mr. G — Happy National School Counseling Week!



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NACAC Virtual College Fairs

Sign Up Now for NACAC Virtual College Fairs

Thinking about college? Here’s your chance to hear firsthand from those-in-the-know at hundreds of colleges and universities nearby, across the country, and around the world.

How? Attend a NACAC Virtual College Fair!

More than 500 colleges and universities will be online to talk with high school juniors and seniors on each of these days:

Sunday, Jan. 31: 1-7 p.m. ET
Sunday, Feb. 28: 1-7 p.m. ET
Sunday, Mar. 7: 1-5 p.m. ET – STEM
Tuesday, Mar. 16: 4-8 p.m. ET – Performing & Visual Arts
Sunday, Mar. 21: 1-7 p.m. ET
Saturday, Apr. 10: 3-7 p.m. ET – Western US
Tuesday, Apr. 20: 3-7 p.m. ET – Southeastern US
Sunday, May 2: 1-7 p.m. ET
Each virtual fair is a free, one-day event. Attend as many as you’d like. Families invited, too.

Sign up now at Select which colleges you’re interested in and set a reminder to attend their live Zoom sessions.

Sessions cover topics such as how to apply, financial aid, student life, and more. You can watch, learn, and get your questions answered about academics, athletics, diversity, study abroad, and other topics. You can also text chat or meet one-on-one with a college’s admission counselor by selecting a virtual meeting date and time.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, connect, ask questions, and discover your best college fit!

NACAC Virtual College Fairs are offered by the association that has represented counselors and admission officers worldwide since 1937. NACAC and its members are dedicated to ethical and inclusive service to students as they make choices about their higher education future.


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