The CAUSE Leadership Academy (CLA), is a nine-week paid summer internship program for students interested in politics, public policy, and/or Asian Pacific Americans (APA) community issues.
Classes of interns
Join a network of 25 years of intern classes. Graduates of our program go on to run for office themselves and become leaders in politics, business, and nonprofits.
Full-Time 9 Week Internship
Each intern commits to and receives a full-time internship experience (minimum 40 hours per week) from June 19, 2017 – August 18, 2017. Additional hours to work on a group project will also be required.
Each intern receives a $1,500 stipend upon satisfactory completion of the program. the stipend will serve as reimbursement for expenses accrued throughout the program’s duration.
CLA, which was formerly the California Asian American Student Internship Coalition (CASIC), was founded in 1991 in order to develop a pipeline of leadership for the APA community. Despite APAs being the fastest growing community in the United States, representation and leadership has not kept pace with the growing and changing demographics.
CLA teaches students the importance of civic engagement and political participation as it prepares its participants to be leaders at the forefront of the democratic process. Through exposure to decision- makers, policy makers, and the issues of the day, students gain a deeper awareness of the political issues facing the APA community in California. Graduates of this program have gone on to run for political office and have even become leaders in politics, business, and nonprofits.
The CLA program offers opportunities for students to gain firsthand experience in politics through constituent services, community organizing, community relations, legislative research, etc. Program participants intern at the district offices of various elected officials at the local, state, and federal level in Southern California.