We are now accepting applications for the CAUSE Leadership Academy Internship!
Apply today! The deadline is April 26th!
What is the CAUSE Leadership Academy?
Leadership Academy interns tour the California Senate Chamber with Senator Lou Correa
Since its inception in 1991, the CAUSE Leadership Academy (formerly called CASIC, California Asian American Student Internship Coalition) has prepared elite student leaders to be in the forefront of California’s legislative arena. This program is especially dedicated to developing the leadership skills of college students who are interested in exploring a career in public office, public service or community advocacy.
Previous students have been selected from Ivy League schools, the University of California system, community colleges and local high schools. Graduates of the program have gone on to run for elected office, work as legislative staff or work in the nonprofit sector. Students with an interest in Asian Pacific American (APA) affairs, leadership development, community service or politics are encouraged to apply.
This eight-week leadership academy will develop:
Political awareness and civic engagement
Understanding of the legislative process
Insight on issues related to the APA community
Professional and leadership qualities
Public speaking and presentation skills
Interview and social etiquette
Organizational and cooperative working skills
As part of this intensive eight-week leadership academy, CAUSE interns will:
Receive internship placement in the offices of elected officials.
This opportunity affords interns a unique hands-on experience in the legislative process, policy knowledge and constituent outreach.
Gain access to and insight from civic leaders through leadership workshops and seminars.
Interns receive leadership training from elected officials and community leaders; meet and learn from assembly members and state senators in Sacramento, and get a firsthand, inside perspective of how the government functions.
Participate in local APA community events.
Interns act as liaisons between community and government, and gain a deeper understanding of the issues that affect their communities and the APA community.
The Application Process
Candidates will be selected on the basis of demonstrated academic and personal excellence, and involvement and leadership in extracurricular activities. Applications must be postmarked by April 26, 2013. Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an interview in early May. By mid-May, CAUSE will announce the 2013 Leadership Academy interns, who will start this program on June 17, 2013.
Candidates should be graduating high school seniors or undergraduate college students in good academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.2. CAUSE interns will be placed in full-time positions in the Southern California area, so they should be prepared to live within the vicinity of their placement and/or the CAUSE office, where the weekly issues forum takes place, or be willing to commute independently.
The CAUSE Leadership Academy will accept completed applications until April 26, 2013. Applications will be reviewed and top candidates will be asked to participate in a personal interview with the CAUSE selection panel in early May. Interviews will take place in mid-May.
*MANDATORY ATTENDANCE REQUIRED*
Those selected to the internship program MUST attend the following:
Press Kick-Off Luncheon: June 14, 2013
Orientation Retreat Weekend: June 15th to June 17th
Graduation Ceremony: August 9, 2013
The program duration is from June 17 – August 9, 2013. Again, applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 26, 2013. Please mail application and all required documents to:
CAUSE Leadership Academy
260 S. Los Robles Ave., #118
Pasadena CA, 91101
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