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The CAUSE Leadership Academy (CLA), is a nine-week paid internship program for college undergraduates that prepares the next generation to lead and represent the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.

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Classes of interns

Join a network of 25 years of intern classes. Graduates of this program have gone on to run for political office and become leaders in politics, business, and nonprofits.

Full-Time 9 Week Internship Program

Each intern commits to and receives a full-time internship experience (minimum 40 hours per week) from June 18, 2018 – August 17, 2018. Additional hours to work on a group project will also be required.

STIPEND

Each intern receives a $2,000 stipend upon satisfactory completion of the program. The stipend will serve as reimbursement for expenses accrued throughout the program’s duration. Limited additional support is made available on a case-by-case basis.

About

Founded in 1991 as the California Asian American Student Internship Coalition (CASIC), CLA’s goal is to develop a pipeline of civic leadership for the APA community. As the fastest growing community in the United States, it is key that representation and leadership in the public, private, and non-profit sectors keep pace with our country’s changing demographics.

Program components provide the knowledge and insight needed for interns to understand the roots of the APA community’s strengths and challenges. Thanks to CAUSE’s reputation for selecting the most promising future leaders, our community’s most respected leaders and institutions provide CLA students with access to a wide range of resources and opportunities. Students are also encouraged to connect with the leaders they meet each week to build their community and strengthen their networks.

 

Through CLA, students are exposed to thought leaders, policymakers, and the issues of the day. Interns gain a deeper awareness of the civic issues facing the APA community in California. By the program’s end, students will have an understanding of how to engage in the politics of the day to affect the change they want to see in the world. Graduates of this program have gone on to run for political office and become leaders in politics, business, and nonprofits.

Program Components

Monday: Civic Leadership Workshops

Tuesday – Thursday: Internship Placement

Friday: Networking Meetings

Internship Experience

Participants are placed in an office in one of three tracks of internship placements in the public, private, or non-profit sectors to work with community and civic leaders of Southern California. Students gain firsthand political experience and learn more about the civic process. CLA participants work closely with professionals in their office to build strong community relations, and they may be given other responsibilities and projects that help shape current day policies.

Civic Leadership Workshops

Interns will participate in civic leadership workshops to develop a greater understanding of the APA community’s historical experience and insight into current political issues. The civic leadership workshops also help students develop key professional and leadership skills needed for future community leadership. Workshops are hosted at local organizations so that students can better connect with the community. Speakers include elected officials, political consultants and lobbyists, and corporate and non-profit leaders.

Voter Engagement Project

Each CLA cohort works together to complete a project to civically empower the APA community. Students gain professional experience in achieving their project goals with guidance from CAUSE staff. Project results are presented to the CAUSE Board of Directors, community members, media, and the general public. Students learn the importance of community organizing as well as the work that goes into it.

Annual Capitol Summit

Students participate in an annual summit at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. During this two-day overnight trip, students meet with top legislators, staffers, and lobbyists within CAUSE’s network to better understand the political process and their role in it.

Important Dates & Deadlines

Event Date
Application Opens Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Application Closes Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Candidate Interviews In-Person: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Skype: Monday, February 5, 2018 – Friday, February 16, 2018
Orientation Week Monday, June 18, 2018 – Thursday, June 21, 2018
Kickoff Press Conference Friday, June 22, 2018
Annual Capitol Summit Monday, July 9, 2018 – Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Graduation Friday, August 17, 2018

Meet the 2017 Interns

Anna Katrina Alvarado

Anna Katrina Alvarado

Rising Senior at California State University, Los Angeles

Intern at the Office of CA State Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD-41)

Sylvia Guan

Sylvia Guan

Rising Senior at University of Pennsylvania

Intern at the Office of CA State Senator Josh Newman (SD-29)

Sabrina Inoue

Sabrina Inoue

Rising Junior at University of Michigan

Intern at the office of CA State Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (AD-66)

Jeffery Jen

Jeffery Jen

Rising Sophomore at Pomona College

Intern at the Office of US Congressmember Judy Chu (CD-27)

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Nayada “Mint” Katavetin ณยฎา กตเวทิน

Rising Junior at the University of California, Berkeley

Intern at the Office of Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti

Diana Lam

Diana Lam 林樹鈺

Rising Sophomore at Wellesley College

Intern at the Office of CA State Assemblymember Ed Chau (AD-49)

Hanah Lee

Hanah Lee

Rising Sophomore at Yale University

Intern at the Office of CA State Senator Ed Hernandez (SD-22)

Dim Mang

Dim Mang

Rising Sophomore at University of Michigan

Intern at the Office of CA State Controller Betty Yee

Erika Ngo

Erika Ngo

Rising Senior at Whittier College

Intern at the Office of CA State Treasurer John Chiang

Sonia Romero

Sonia Romero

Rising Sophomore at the University of Southern California

Intern at the Office of US Congressmember Adam Schiff (CD-28)

Stephanie Sun

Stephanie Sun 孙诗韵

Rising Sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley

Intern at the Office of US Congressmember Mimi Walters (CD-45)

Eric Thai

Eric Thai

Rising Sophomore at the University of California, Davis

Intern at the Office of CA State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (AD-63)

Allison Vo

Allison Vo Vỏ Phi Dăng

Rising Senior of the University of California, San Diego

Intern at the Office of US Congressmember Lou Correa (CD-46)

Helen Yu

Helen Yu

Rising Senior at Duke University

Intern at the Office of CA State Senator Ben Allen (SD-26)

Olivia Zheng

Olivia Zheng 郑一含

Rising Sophomore at Amherst College

Intern at the Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu (District 4)

Alumni Spotlight

  • "Through the Leadership Academy and all its wonderful opportunities--from our legislative internship placement, to our weekly forums with respected civic leaders, to our legislative conference in Sacramento, and our group project, my passion for politics only continued to blossom."

    Kristie Sham Student at UC Berkeley, CLA Class of 2015
  • "I witnessed how great leaders work tirelessly together in order to find solutions that ultimately benefit society at large. This is something that I take away with me as I lead my student body at USC."

    Edwin Saucedo USC Student Body President, CLA Class of 2014 & 2016

 This program is generously supported by:

Mr. Nelson Tan

Mr. Charlie Woo

Lindsey Horowitz

is the official airline for the CAUSE Leadership Academy.