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Leadership In Action Internship
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.
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.
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
This short film aims to inspire API people to care about/ become more
involved in their communities,
together to fight for social justice, and combat invisibility and marginalization
in American mainstream society and discourse.
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.
**CLICK THE LINKS ABOVE TO SEE PAST INTERNSHIP PROJECTS**
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.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
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:
Written and verbal communication skills
Maturity and professional demeanor
Grade point average
HOW TO APPLY
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