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Leadership In Action Internship

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Celebrating 17 years of developing emerging leaders!      

Leadership in Action (LIA) is an eight-week paid summer internship program designed to develop emerging young leaders by providing college students with practical leadership skills and the opportunity to work hands-on in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community in Southern California.

Approaching its 17th year, the program takes learning beyond the classroom, and places the student interns in a range of API community based organizations in order to gain real-life experience working at nonprofits.

The intern will be paid $2,500 for the eight-week internship.

Here are the 2013 Leadership In Action Interns and the Community Based Organizations they worked with, and their summer blogs.

Linh Chuong is a graduate from Hendrix College, Arkansas and was placed at Kizuna. kizunaandi.tumblr.com

Deborah Hwang is a Senior from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and was placed at the Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance. debapiopa.tumblr.com

Art Li is a gradiate from Pomona College and was placed at LEAP. leapinart.tumblr.com

Kim Navoa is a Senior from University of Illinois at Chicago and was placed at the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center. kimleaps.tumblr.com

Thanh Nguyen is a Graduate from Ohio State University. leapfilamartstvn.tumblr.com

Diana Pereda is a Senior from University of Southern California and was placed at Thai Community Development Center. leadershipinaction2013.tumblr.com

Keshav Tyagi is a Senior from the University of Southern California and was placed at API Equality - Los Angeles. welcometotherealworldwellsortof.tumblr.com

The 2013 Group Project was a photo exhibition documenting the stories of different members in the API community. Each photograph featured a direct quote about each individual's immigration story. The exhibit was seen by over 150 people. Audience members were encouraged to post their own immigration stories onto the exhibit. These photographs were show in Thai Town and LIttle Tokyo, Los Angeles.

Intern Blogs from 2012

For their group project, the 2012 Leadership In Action Interns created the following short film entitled Three Letters. Three Letters is a short film which was created to empower the Asian and Pacific Islander community by addressing API self-identity. This short film aims to inspire API people to care about/ become more involved in their communities, come together to fight for social justice, and combat invisibility and marginalization in American mainstream society and discourse.

Intern Blogs from 2011

Also see the 2011 Group Project

Intern Blogs from 2010

Also see the 2010 Group Project

Check out some of our LIA Alumni Testimonials!

Community-based organizations we have or will work with:

The intern's weekly schedule is comprised of 4 days at their assigned community based organization (CBO) and 1 day at LEAP. At the CBO, the intern works with their assigned supervisor on a meaningful project. At LEAP, the intern's day is devoted to leadership development training, issue discussions, CBO site visits and a community impact project. Nationally recognized trainers deliver workshops in critical skill areas. Issue discussions are on local or timely topics of interest and are facilitated by local community leaders/activists and LEAP trainers.

The community impact project will give the students interns an opportunity to flex their leadership skills in a safe setting, as well as allow them to contribute a service that has lasting impact on to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

2009 LIA Group Project:
Locating Ourselves in History:  An Asian American Oral History Project

EAT ME: Digesting Gentrification in Asian American Communities


                         The Handoff Book:                        APeyes: Murals of Los Angeles
             A Strategy Guide for API Leaders


To date, the LIA program has graduated 129 interns, representing 51 colleges and universities from across the country. The interns have served in 41 community-based organizations in the Southern California area.

The 2014 program will be held in Los Angeles from June 16 - August 8, 2014.

College students or recent graduates with...
• Prior experience in Asian and Pacific Islander communities
• A passion for learning and growing their leadership skills
• An interest in gaining work experience in an Asian and Pacific Islander community-based nonprofit organization

Applicants must have completed two years of college by June 16, 2014 and either currently enrolled in college or a recent graduate. All applicants must be able to complete the full eight-week program. Interns will receive $2,500 for successful completion of the eight-week program. Interns are responsible for their own housing, transportation, and insurance.

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

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

Interns: Complete the Leadership in Action Internship application and submit all supporting documents including: Two letters of recommendation, current resume, official transcript, and personal statement. All intern application materials must be received by Monday, March 10, 2014.

Download the LIA Intern Flyer.
LIA Online Internship Application or LIA Internship Application Word Document.

In 2014, the following organizations will have applied for an intern. Applying interns should be prepared to share their top three choices.

For additional information on the Leadership In Action program, please contact:
Nancy Yap
Director of Development
(213) 485-1422 ext. 4119

Leap Interns

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