CAUSE Internship Research Projects
Action, Power, Influence: Profiles in Courage - 2011 CAUSE Internship Research Project
The number of Asian Pacific Islander elected officials is rising. Today, there are many examples in our federal, state, and local governments. However, as a community there is more we can do.
The interns took CAUSE's mission to heart and decided to focus on the issue of political empowerment as the topic of their group research project. They felt that the best way to empower Asian Americans to get involved is to show them examples of Asian Americans who are involved. The interns chose eleven individuals to profile and conducted interviews with them. They chose these individuals from local communities because the individuals represent a wide variety of backgrounds and took different paths into politics.
Some came to the United States as immigrants, some got involved in politics as young adults, others transitioned from community leaders to political leaders, and others were the trailblazers who broke the glass ceilings.
Through these case studies, the interns hope to motivate and inspire Asian Americans to become more involved in government because politics affects our everyday lives. As a community, we owe much more to ourselves and to each other to have a voice in the political process.
The Social Media Handbook - 2010 CAUSE Intern Research Project
The 19th class of interns researched the ways in which social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, websites, etc.) could effectively be used in community outreach.
They compiled their research in an easy-to-read handbook, which is free to download! The interns hope that elected officials, non-profits, and community members would see the full potential of social media as a way to facilitate open dialogue and promote unity among different groups.