327 E. 2nd Street,
Suite # 226
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 485-1422
FAX: (213) 485-0050
Leadership In Action Internship
Celebrating 16 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 16th 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 2012 Leadership In Action Interns and the Community Based
Organizations they worked withr.
Folau, 2012 University of California, Los Angeles Graduate,
interned at Empowering Pacific Islander Communities.
• Monique Matautia,
Senior from California State University - Long Beach, interned at Tongan
Community Service Center.
• Veronica Thao,
Senior from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is interned at API Obesity
• Kyle Tsukahira,
2012 California State University - Los Angeles Graduate, is interned at Visual
• Yuhe Faye Wang,
Senior from Pomona College, interned at LEAP.
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 116 interns, representing 46 colleges and universities from across the country. The interns have served in over 39 community-based organizations in the Southern California area.
The 2013 program will be held in Los Angeles from June 17 - August 9, 2013.
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, 2013
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 Tuesday, March
Community Based Organizations: Complete the Leadership In Action Community
Based Organization application. All community based organization application
materials must be received by Wednesday, February 13, 2013.
Special thanks to the following individuals for supporting the 2013 Leadership
In Action program:
Alan Kumamoto, Aries Mladinov, Audrey Yamagata-Noji, Bruce McBirney,
Bryan Jung, Carlos Orta, Catherine Endo Chuck, Carthy Lew Ng, Christibelle
Salazar, Christine Cadena, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Cindy
Stanphil, Clara Park, Cooke Sunoo, Dan Au, Dang Nguyen, David Cooper,
David Thomsen, Deborah Buhles, Delight Maulen, Derrick Ong, Drew
Hayashida, Eddy Thai, Edward Wong, Edwin Takahashi, Elaine Quon,
Gene and Vicki
Kanamori, George Wu, Grant Sunoo, Ilene Lang, James Herr, James Irvine,
James Kimo Spencer, Jang Kim, Jaret Uyeda, Jason Batra, Jason Scott
Mio, Jennifer Ju, Jim Lactaoen, John Gong, John Hotta, Jon Kaji,
Karen Kawanami, Kathy Chou, KC Choi, Kenneth Chung, Laarni Dacanay,
Lawrence Joe, Linda Yamauchi, Linda and Willie Chiang, Lisa Sugimoto,
Miller, Manwai Szeto, Margaret Ashida, Marilynn Fong, Maye Fukumoto,
Michael Hoeschen, Michael Okamura, Michael Yoshiba, Neil Horikoshi,
Pauline Ching, Peter Zen, Philip Ito, Pierre Movsessian, Randy Chun,
Roy Nakano, Rudolph Phillips, Sandra Sakamoto, Selina Chi, Sherri
Sou Wong Lee, Susan Jin Davis, Thelma Kailiwai, Valerie Uyeda, Victor
Manalo, Waiyi Tse, Wells Fargo Foundation, William Kidder.