News and Notes from The Johnson Center

Fall 2018 Interns

JCCHD | Thu, October 25, 2018 |

Introducing the Fall 2018 Class of Interns at The Johnson Center!

Here at The Johnson Center, we have a long-standing internship program that is a key part of our day-to-day work. We have hosted college students from across the country who have diverse professional interests; we have had students who were studying to become doctors, nurses, teachers, psychologists, counselors, dietitians, child life specialists, non-profit administrators, occupational therapists, speech therapists, research scientists, and much more. Over 165 students have committed their time, talent, and passion to learn about and improve the services that we offer to our community. In turn, they gain insight and perspective on those we serve and learn all about the challenges and rewards that come from working in such a diverse, complex, and engaging community.

Internships at The Johnson Center are a hands-on experience; interns have been involved in research studies, community events, development of clinical and community programs, assisted in clinical care, and much more.

It is such an honor to have these bright and motivated students join our team and give their time and resources to serve our programs and our community.

Lina Kim is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is pursuing a BS in Human Development and Family Sciences. Her goal is to attend medical school and pursue psychiatry because she believes that mental health is an area that is not emphasized enough in healthcare due to stigma; she hopes to play a role in changing this. She has been actively involved with the National Alliance on Mental Illness on Campus at UT Austin since its inception and she is a regular volunteer at Dell Children’s Medical Center and Austin State Hospital. Lina is excited about her internship at The Johnson Center and is enjoying learning about the intricacies of this community. She is grateful to be playing a part in supporting people with developmental disorders and their families.

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Sherley Ly is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, where she is studying Human Development and Family Sciences with a concentration in Early Childhood. After graduation, she plans to take a gap year before applying to nursing school. During that year she plans to continue volunteering within the community to gain further insight and experiences in fields related to infants and toddlers. In her free time, she can be caught obsessing over her Corgi-Chihuahua dog, reading a good book accompanied by a cup of coffee, spending time outdoors, or all the above. As an intern, she is excited about her time with The Johnson Center family and she is assisting with the mission of providing educational and positive support and services to ensure that children have the skills necessary to reach their full potential.


Alondra Morales was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, where she is double majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences and Health and Society. In addition, she is pursuing a certificate through the Bridging Disciplines Program with a concentration in Children and Society. Alondra holds a work-study position at the UT Child Development Center as a child-care student assistant.  She is interested in attending nursing school after she graduates, with an additional interest in Child Life. Her hobbies include working out, hiking, and playing volleyball.


Erica Santos is a currently a Junior at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science and Arts in Biology and a certificate in Social Inequality, Health and Policy. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school. As a Clinical Intern at The Johnson Center, Erica shadows clinicians as well as assists with developing resources that help the children and families being served. She is enjoying learning more about multi-disciplinary care during her internship with The Johnson Center and being apart of such a collaborative program.


Madison Tuazon is a 5th year at The University of Texas at Austin, where she is majoring in Biochemistry and Finance and completing an interdisciplinary certificate about children and health. Her goal in the future is to attend medical school and become a pediatrician. Madison is excited to be learning about the clinical assessment and treatment of individuals in the developmental disorder community. She is also excited to be gaining insight into the necessary practices to serve children with developmental disorders and the additional services put in place to assist families. Her internship projects include planning educational outreach programs and inclusive social events for the community.