Student Qualifications

  • Minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, and recent graduates not enrolled in any graduate degree programs
  • Able to commute and arrive to designated program activities on time
  • Must be able to attend and actively participate during all mandatory events
  • Priority will be given to Southern California residents

Application Checklist

Please submit your application package via email to info@causeusa.org by January 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST. The email subject should be titled: CAUSE Leadership Academy 2018 Application [NAME OF STUDENT].

(*Note: To ensure all components of your application are received, please submit all application components in ONE PDF)

Please ensure to submit the following forms:

  • FORM A: General Information
  • FORM B: Written Response (I & II)
  • FORM C: Terms & Conditions

 Additional Documents:

  • Resume
  • Unofficial School Transcript (PDF Format, clearly stating your full name)
  • Academic Writing Sample (Please feel free to attach writing assignments previously submitted for academic course requirements.)
  • Letter of Recommendation: The letter must be written and submitted directly by a member of your school’s faculty OR a supervisor from work, internships, or volunteer programs. It is your responsibility to ensure that the author of letter of recommendation submits the document before the deadline.

Additional Considerations

Transportation

All interns must be able to access a reliable source of transportation. Interns are required to commute to and from their office placement, weekly civic leadership workshops, various mandatory meetings/events, and to group project meetings on an as-needed basis.

Housing

Accepted interns are required to secure their own housing in Southern California for the duration of the program.

Meals

All interns must be able to access a reliable source of transportation. Interns are required to commute to and from their office placement, weekly civic leadership workshops, various mandatory meetings/events, and to group project meetings on an as-needed basis.

The Selection Process

Candidates will be selected on the basis of demonstrated academic and personal excellence, demonstrated leadership capabilities, and a commitment to serving their community. Priority will be given to students interested in working in Southern California communities in their post-college careers. All application materials must be received by CAUSE via email by Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST.

All applications will be reviewed and top candidates will be asked to participate in a personal interview with the CAUSE Leadership Academy Interview Committee. Top candidates will interview on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the CAUSE office located in Pasadena, CA. Candidates not in Southern California will interview via Skype during business hours between Monday, February 5, 2018 and Friday, February 16, 2018. Applicants should plan in advance and leave their schedules open. Decisions will be made towards the beginning of March.