CAUSE Leadership Academy 2017 Applications Now Open

CAUSE (Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community through voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development.

We are looking for students to apply for the summer internship program called CAUSE Leadership Academy (CLA) . The CAUSE Leadership Academy (CLA) was founded in 1991 in order to develop a pipeline of leadership for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. CLA teaches students the importance of civic engagement and political participation as it prepares its participants to be leaders at the forefront of the democratic process. Applications are due on January 31, 2017. (Please see full details below)


The CAUSE Leadership Academy (CLA), which was formerly the California Asian American Student Internship Coalition (CASIC), was founded in 1991 in order to develop a pipeline of leadership for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. Despite APAs being the fastest growing community in the United States, representation and leadership has not kept pace with the growing and changing demographics.

Duration: June 19, 2017 – August 18, 2017 (9 weeks)

Time Commitment:  Must be able to commit full time for 40 hours per week. Additional hours to work on a group project will also be required. The number of additional hours will depend on collaborative group efforts.

Stipend: A stipend of $1,500 will be provided upon satisfactory completion of the program and will serve as reimbursement for expenses accrued throughout the program’s duration.

Housing: Accepted interns are required to secure their own housing in Southern California for the duration of their internship. Interns are highly encouraged to seek housing opportunities together.


Deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST

You can download the application here.

For more information, please visit CAUSE Leadership Academy 2017.


  • All applications will be reviewed and top candidates will be asked to participate in a personal interview with the CAUSE Leadership Academy Interview Committee.
  • Top candidates will interview either on Saturday, February 18, 2017 or Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the CAUSE office located in Pasadena, CA.
  • Applicants should plan in advance and leave their schedules open for those two days.
  • Decisions will be made towards the beginning of March.



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