CAUSE Internship - FAQ
1) What does the CAUSE internship entail?
The eight-week internship program consists of four components:
I. Internship Experience – Interns will be placed in a legislative office, a public agency office, or a city government office. In addition to internship experience, interns will gain a new perspective of government and public service. Interns will closely interact with staff as they represent the legislator at public events, conduct policy research, and write policy briefings. Overall, the internship experience allows interns to develop a stronger understanding of how government operates.
II. 2012 Annual Legislative Leadership Conference – The Annual Legislative Leadership Conference is a 2-day conference held in the state capitol, Sacramento. In its 23rd year, CAUSE holds close relationships with legislators, staff members, and lobbyists that provide the Conference participants with lessons from their legislative experience.
III. Weekly Issues Forum – Each week, interns will gather to hear an invited guest speak about the APA community, leadership development or current policy issues. The speakers consist of community leaders, elected officials, legislative staff, political consultants and more. Weekly meetings take place at the CAUSE office in Pasadena, CA.
IV. Public Affairs Mentorship Week – Interns will be given the unique opportunity to shadow an individual currently working in Public Affairs, a field that builds bridges and relationships between the public and private sector. This component of the internship allows interns to explore job opportunities in corporate and various other public service settings.
V. Group Research Project – Interns collaborate to work on a comprehensive group project that will be presented to the CAUSE Board of Directors, community members, media, and other distinguished guests. The project topic will be proposed by the interns and approved by the CAUSE Internship Coordinator and Advisor. The Coordinator and Advisor will assist the interns in carrying out their research, guiding them to sources and providing them with other necessary resources to complete their project. The group project presentation will occur at the CAUSE Graduation Ceremony at the conclusion of the program.
2) Where and how do I apply?
The internship application is avaible for download here.
There are several components (ex. letter of recommendations, personal statement, etc.) that must completed in addition to filling out the application, so please make absolutely sure that you have checked off all required materials (a check-off list is provided on the last page of the application) before mailing your application package to:
CAUSE Leadership Academy
*Please note that incomplete applications will NOT be considered.
3) Can I receive academic credit for this internship?
Current students may receive academic credit depending on their school's policies and procedures regarding internships. The student is responsible for communicating with their internship coordinator and providing CAUSE with any paperwork or correspondence regarding its role in the internship verification process.
4) Is this a paid internship?
There is a $1,000 stipend awarded to interns upon successful completion of their internship.
5) There are some parts of the application that are unclear to me, who can I contact for assistance?