CAUSE Internship - FAQ
1) What does the CAUSE internship entail?
The eight-week internship program consists of four components:
I. Internship Experience – CAUSE Leadership Academy Interns will have the opportunity to work for a legislator, public agency or city government. Through the internship, students will gain a unique knowledge and perspective of government and public service. Students will interact closely with staff as they represent the legislator at public events, conduct policy research and write policy briefings. The internship experience develops a stronger understanding of how government operates by experiencing it from an insider’s point of view.
II. 2012 Annual Legislative Leadership Conference – The Annual Legislative Leadership Conference is held at the state capitol in Sacramento. In its 21th 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 – Once every week, the interns will gather to hear an invited guest speaker, develop leadership skills or learn about current policy issues. The speakers will consist of community leaders, elected officials, legislative staff, political consultants and others. CAUSE interns will discuss relevant topics with guests. Meetings will take place at the CAUSE office in Pasadena, CA.
IV. Group Research Project – Leadership Academy interns collaborate 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 selected by CAUSE. The program coordinator and advisor will serve as guides to help the CAUSE interns in achieving the project that CAUSE will have them work on. Presentations 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 it's 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?