CAUSE Welcomes its Newest Executive Interns
We recently accepted four international students from University of Southern California’s (USC) Sole Price School of Public Policy’s Graduate Program into its newly-developed Executive Internship Program. The four students hail from different parts of China and are interested in studying different areas in public policy. They are listed below by name, hometown, previous educational institution, and graduate focus:
These graduate students are interested in affecting change and reform by experimenting with various fields within the non-profit sector: Chen is interested in education, with a focus on improving the quality of life of youths through the avenue of the arts; Hailing Wang is also interested in the field of education, in addition to healthcare and immigration; Zheng wants to learn more about the American political process and American culture during her stay in the United States; and Xiuzhi Wang wants to gain experience in the areas of education and regional economic development.
The four are working on their first ever voter outreach project in the United States. Their first project entails assisting the CAUSE staff with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center’s (APALC) “Your Vote Matters! 2012” campaign. They are helping to provide in-language assistance to API voters through phone banking, poll monitoring, and the translation of voter education materials.
"It is really satisfying to see students from China taking advantage of the election as an education opportunity and at the same time helping new citizens participate in the democratic process," said CAUSE Board Chair Charlie Woo.
This Executive Internship is a program that not only aims to teach students vital leadership and professional development skills, but also aims to acclimate students to American culture, focusing on such areas like political and office culture. Students typically meet for 10 hours each week and work with CAUSE staff to complete projects and tasks. They will also be collaborating on a research project that explores a public policy-related issue of their choice.