Student Qualifications

  • Minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, and recently graduated undergraduates
  • Able to commute and arrive to designated program activities on time
  • Must be able to attend and actively participate during all mandatory events

Application Checklist

Please submit your application package via email to by January 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST. The email subject should be titled: CAUSE Leadership Academy 2017 Application [Name of Student]. (*Note: To ensure all components of your application are received, please submit all application components in ONE email.)

Please ensure to submit the following forms:

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

 Additional Documents Required:

  • 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


All interns must be able to access a reliable source of transportation. Travel includes commute to and from their office placement, weekly civic leadership session workshops, various mandatory meetings/events, and travel relating to the group voter engagement project.


Accepted interns are required to secure their own housing in Southern California for the duration of their internship. Interns are highly encouraged to seek housing opportunities together.

The Selection Process

Candidates will be selected on the basis of demonstrated academic and personal excellence, as well as demonstrated leadership capabilities in extracurricular activities. Previous students have been selected from Ivy League schools, the campuses of the University of California, as well as many other notable institutions. All application materials must be received by CAUSE via email by Tuesday, January 31, 2017 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 either on Saturday, February 18, 2017 or Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the CAUSE office located in Pasadena, CA. Applicants should plan in advance and leave their schedules open for those two days. Decisions will be made towards the beginning of March.