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Student Leadership Program

Leadership In Action

Leadership in Action 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 community in Southern California. 

Program Dates & Locations

Runs from June 18, 2018 to August 10, 2018. Applicants must be able to commit to the full eight-week program and attend the following mandatory events.

Leadership Retreat Week
June 18-22

Weekly LIA Leadership Trainings
June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3

LEAP Leadership Awards Celebration
July 19

August 10

Includes the days that interns are to be present at their assigned nonprofit organization
Mondays - Thursdays, starting June 25 to August 9


Program Structure

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

Program Length and Stipend

Interns will receive a stipend of $3,520 for successful completion of the program.

Interns are responsible for their own housing, transportation, and insurance.



Applicants must have completed two years of college by June 18, 2018 and currently enrolled in college, or a recent graduate.


Ideal Participants

  • A passion for learning and growing their leadership skills
  • An interest in gaining work experience in an API-serving community-based nonprofit organization
  • Experience working and collaborating with the Asian and Pacific Islander community (preferred but not necessary)

Key Benefits

  • Explore issues affecting Asian and Pacific Islanders.

  • Expand self awareness and deepen understanding of your values.

  • Explore and engage with different leadership styles.

  • Practice leadership and workforce development skills such as communication, teamwork, public speaking, and giving/receiving feedback.

  • Preparation and experience to volunteer and work in the nonprofit sector.

The LEAP Leadership In Action Program is sponsored by


Southwest Airlines is the official airline of the Leadership in Action program.


2018 Leadership In Action Interns


2018 organizations who applied to host interns


2017 Leadership In Action Interns

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Left to Right: Josh Jiang, Sue Abdurahman, Angela Yip, Lena Pham, Alison Choi, Kevin Hang, Isa Sasi


2017 LIA interns and nonprofit organization placements

Lena Pham (Hendrix College) / Thai Community Development Center 

Joshua Jiang (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) / Visual Communications

Kevin Hang  (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) / LEAP

Alison Choi (Pomona College) / East West Players

Susana (Sue) Abdurahman (University of California, Santa Barbara) / Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement

Angela Yip (University of California, Los Angeles) / Empowering Pacific Islander Communities 

Louisa (Isa) Sasi (Santa Ana College) / Little Tokyo Service Center

This promotional video is created by the 2016 LIA alumni cohort as part of their community impact project.

Check out previous interns, their blogs, and their community impact projects.


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