Excellence in Community & Educational Leadership Internship Program

Excellence in Community & Educational Leadership (EXCEL) Internship Program is a unique opportunity providing UCI’s students with leadership development training and career preparation through a Southeast Asian American (Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, Vietnamese) cultural perspective.  

EXCEL at UCI  Internship Program is presented by UCI Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors – a UCI alumni chapter (VACA), UCI Vietnamese American Oral History Project, UCI Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive Center, and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) with sponsorship support from Wells Fargo.



  • Participate in leadership development training that develops me into a self-assured, confident leader,
  • Collaborate with other student participants to create a community impact project,
  • Receive leadership and career development centered around Southeast Asian American culture, values, and community,
  • Network with UCI Alumni and Southeast Asian American professionals representing diverse industries and sectors,
  • Build a supportive community with fellow UCI participants and alumni, and
  • Learn how to engage and leverage the greater UCI alumni community.



  • EXCEL at UCI participants will meet once a month (Saturday for 1 3-hour session) from October 2015 to May 2016.
  • Each month, the session will be devoted to leadership development training, skills building, and group project work. Nationally recognized trainers will deliver leadership and career development workshops in critical skill areas. Opportunities to network and engage in discussions with Southeast Asian leaders from corporations, nonprofits, political/government, and small businesses will also be an integral part of the program.

            Topics include: 

    • 21st Century Leadership and Leveraging Your Asian Cultural Values
    • Presentation Skills
    • Personal Branding
    • Resume Writing and Interviewing Skills
    • Working Collaboratively in Teams
    • Giving and Receiving Feedback
    • Leadership Panels and Mock Interviews



The nine-month program runs from September 23, 2015 through May 31, 2016.  Participants have the option to earn 3.9 units (over 3 quarters) upon completion of the program.



UCI College students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) with...

  • Prior experience or engagement in Southeast Asian American communities
  • A passion for learning and growing leadership skills 
  • An interest in continued involvement with the UCI community



1.  Complete the EXCEL application at www.leap.org/excel_2015_form

2.  Submit the following documents:

  • Two references (including 1 faculty member; no letters required),
  • Current resume,
  • Unofficial transcript, and
  • One Page Personal Statement.



Applicants must be an incoming sophomore, junior, or senior by June 16, 2015 and currently be enrolled at UCI. All majors are welcome. All applicants must be able to complete the full nine-month (three quarters) program and attend the following mandatory events:

  • EXCEL Welcome Retreat: September 25-26, 2015
  • EXCEL Leadership Training Sessions:
    • October 10, 2015
    • November 7, 2015
    • December 5, 2015
    • January 9, 2016
    • February 6, 2016
    • March 5, 2016
    • April 9, 2016
  • EXCEL Graduation: May 2016



Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria

  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Student organization/club leadership and involvement
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Maturity and professional demeanor
  • Grade point average



Participants have the option to earn 1.3 units per quarter (total of 3.9 units in three quarter).



All application materials must be received by Friday, May 29, 2015.



UCI Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors (VACA)

UCI Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors (VACA) – a UCI alumni chapter-seeks to unite UC Irvine alumni and leaders in the Vietnamese American community in building relationships, creating awareness, and generating support for UC Irvine’s commitment to scholarship, education, research, and public service. VACA engages Irvine alumni and leaders in the Vietnamese American community in the University’s efforts to build bridges with the Vietnamese American community.


UCI Vietnamese Oral History Project

With over 1.8 million, Vietnamese Americans are among the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States, and the largest concentration of Vietnamese resides in Southern California. The Vietnamese American Oral History Project (VAOHP) at the University of California, Irvine actively assembles, preserves, and disseminates the life stories of Vietnamese Americans in Southern California. Our objective is to increase the public understanding of American history, the legacy of the Vietnam War, and the diversity of people and experiences within the Vietnamese American community.  The project contributes to expanding archives on Vietnamese Americans with the primary goal of capturing first generation stories for students, researchers, and the community. Our objective is to collect the oral histories of first generation Vietnamese Americans who have memories of life in Vietnam, the Vietnam War, and the displacement and resettlement of refugees from Vietnam as well as making it freely accessible to the public. 


UCI Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive Center

The OC & SEAA Center provides both physical and virtual spaces for intellectual discovery and innovative research for UCI faculty and students and the community at large. This new space is optimized for instruction, outreach, exhibition, programming, and research on the Southeast Asian diaspora and changing demographics of Orange County. Located facing UCI’s Aldrich Park, on the first floor of the Libraries Gateway Study Center, the center houses materials from the UCI Libraries premier Southeast Asian Archive, which include both circulating and reference holdings. The center will also be home to a growing collection of regional history resources.


Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP)

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) is a national, non-profit, community-based organization with a mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders through leadership, empowerment and policy.  


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Click here to view the UCI EXCEL Internship Program flyer.