Leadership In Action

Celebrating 20 years of developing student leaders!


Leadership In Action is Sponsored By








Southwest is the official airline of Leadership In Action. 

And the 2016 Bid for Empowerment Donors 



Celebrating its 20th year, Leadership In Action (LIA) is an eight-week, paid summer internship program that develops the next generation of college student leaders. LIA builds an intentional leadership and hands-on work experience around three themes:

Thinking - Leadership Development Trainings

Interns will spend an intensive first week in leadership and workplace skills development trainings preparing for work at their community-based organization (CBO) placement as well as building connections to their cohort. Each week after, interns will gather once a week for high-impact workshops led by nationally-recognized leadership trainers and facilitators. Trainings include exploring API cultural values and issues, developing leadership ideas and concepts, public speaking, and sharpening professional development and workforce readiness skills. Through participation in the trainings, LIA interns will think deeply, connect and dialogue with other emerging young leaders, as well as grow their leadership capacity.

Doing - Community-Based Organization Internship

Each intern will be placed with and work four days a week at an API-serving Southern California CBO. Interns will work closely with a supervisor to develop a work plan and meaningful projects. As a result, interns will gain practical hands-on work experience, gain insight about work in the nonprofit sector, all while supporting important community work.

Making - Team Community Impact Project

Additionally, LIA Interns will work together to develop a Team Community Impact Project. Throughout the summer, interns will dialogue and share new perspectives and ideas, apply and practice their leadership skills, and, most importantly, create and implement a team project that elevates the visibility and makes an impact in the API community.



Program Summary

LIA Interns will:

      • Gain work experience at an API-serving nonprofit organization
      • Receive leadership and personal development centered around API culture, values, and community
      • Collaborate on a group community impact project
      • Network with like-minded individuals committed to the greater API community


Program Structure

LIA Interns will: 

      • Intern four days a week at a Southern California community-based organization that serves the API community
      • Convene one day a week for leadership development trainings to build and strengthen leadership skills
      • Work with cohort members over eight weeks on a Team Community Impact Project


Program Length and Stipend

The eight-week program runs from June 19 through August 11, 2017. Interns will receive a stipend of $3,360 for successful completion of the program. Interns are responsible for their own housing, transportation, and insurance.


Who Should Apply?

College students or recent graduates with:

      • A passion for learning and growing their leadership skills
      • An interest in gaining work experience in an API-serving community-based nonprofit organization
      • Prior experience in API communities (preferred but not necessary)



Applicants must have completed one year of college by June 19, 2017, be currently enrolled in college or a recent graduate, and in good academic standing with their college. All applicants must be able to complete the full eight-week program and attend the following mandatory events:

      • LIA Welcome Week: June 19-23, 2017
      • Leadership Development Trainings: June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4
      • LEAP Gala: July 20, 2017
      • LIA Graduation: August 11, 2017 


Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

      • Demonstrated leadership
      • Community service
      • Interpersonal skills
      • Written and verbal communication skills
      • Maturity and professional demeanor


How to Apply

2018 applications are not open yet. Sign up for updates at: www.leap.org/empower_liainterest.

1. Complete the Leadership In Action online application.

2. Submit the following supporting documents:

      • Two letters of recommendation - MUST be sent directly from recommender.
      • Official Transcript - MUST be mailed or emailed directly from school.
      • Current Resume
      • One Page Personal Statement - single-spaced and typed, answering:

- What previous leadership experiences do you have?
- What experiences contribute to your interest in being involved with the API community?
- In what ways do you hope to contribute to the API community?
- What do you hope to gain from the Leadership In Action experience?


Monday, March 6, 2017


      • Online application and ALL supporting documents must be received by this date.
      • All documents may be emailed to: Mayta Lor at mlor@leap.org.


2016 Leadership In Action Interns



Left to Right (top): Angie Tran, Ryan Huynh, Tony Tang, Danny Yang
Left to Right (bottom): Aian Hurtado-Doppenberg, Sharayne "Ray-Ray" Tuala, Dee Pha 

Below is a list of the 2016 LIA interns, their CBO placement, and their summer experience blogs:


Team Community Impact Project

This year’s cohort created two projects:  a promotional video that shared the impact of the LIA program (above) and a self-published magazine with articles and artwork about being minorities within a minority.  The magazine is being shared with college age youth around California, Minnesota, and Oklahoma.  

Download the Zine here.


Check out previous interns, their blogs, and their community impact project at: www.leap.org/empower_lia_alumni.


Community-Based Organizations

Applications to host an intern at your organization at www.leap.org/empower_lia_cbo.

In 2016, the following organizations applied to host an intern. Applying interns should be prepared to identify their top three preferences for placement at a participating community-based organization. Interns may not always get their first choice or one of their top three choices.


For more information, please contact:
Mayta Lor
(213) 485-1422 x4105