Archive for April 15, 2021

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.

California Higher Education Leaders present Black Student Success Week

Hello Designers!

We would like to share an opportunity for Senior students to participate in Black Student Success Week, were presenters will share insights and innovative approaches for improving success among Black and African American students at California Community Colleges.

During the week of April 26-30th from 12pm-1pm, The Black Hour will address the following topics:

Monday, April 26 – Follow the Money: Unapologetically Supporting Black Students
Tuesday, April 27 – The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Journey for African American Students
Wednesday, April 28 – Black Leadership in Higher Education
Thursday, April 29 – Legislative Briefing and Advocacy Day
Friday, April 30 – Faculty Diversity

For registration click here

For more information and updates Black Student Success Week, you can follow @cablackstudents on Twitter and Instagram

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.



DVD Spring Break and Return to Campus

Greetings DVD Families,

We cannot wait to welcome students back to campus beginning the week of April 12th after Spring Break! Following the professional development day on Monday, April 12th, our virtual instruction schedule for Week 30 will continue with one slight change. Advisory will now take place from 12:15-1:00 pm.

Week 30 2021

Families whose students are scheduled for on-campus instructional activities received their schedules on March 25th and will soon be receiving an email from the Da Vinci Schools Central Office with all the details regarding our on-campus health and safety procedures and protocols. Please review the following protocols with your student: DV Students: COVID Symptoms, Prevention and Tracing.

We hope that your families have a restful and safe spring break, and we look forward to welcoming students back on campus the following week!

Take care,


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. 

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