Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empower
Region: Los Angeles county Service Area(s): Legal/Public Policy/Civil Rights
260 So. Los Robles Ave. #118 • Pasadena,CA 91101

Telephone: 626-356-9838 • Fax: 626-356-9878

June 13 through August 7, 2009

( to download application form)

As part of this intensive eight-week leadership academy, CASIC interns will:

I. CASIC Leadership Academy Interns will have the opportunity to work for a legislator, public agency, or city government. Through the internship, students will gain a unique knowledge and perspective of government and public service. Students will closely
interact with staff as they represent the legislator at public events, conduct policy research and write policy briefings. The internship experience develops a stronger understanding of how government operates by experiencing it from an insider's point of view.

CASIC's Annual Legislative Leadership
Conference is a 2-day conference held in the state capitol, Sacramento (Date: TBA). In its 18th year, CASIC holds close relationships with legislators, staff members, and lobbyists that provide the Conference participants with lessons from their legislative experience.

Weekly Issues Forum - Once every week, the interns will gather to hear an invited guest speak about the APA community, leadership development or current policy issues. The speakers will
consist of community leaders, elected officials, legislative staff, political consultants and others. CASIC interns will discuss relevant topics with guests. Meetings will take place at the CAUSE office in Pasadena, CA.

Group Research Project - CASIC interns collaborate to work on a comprehensive group project that will be presented to the CAUSE Board of Directors, community members, media, and other distinguished guests. The project topic will be selected by CAUSE. The Program
Coordinator and Advisor will serve as guides to help the CASIC interns in achieving the project that CAUSE will have them work on.

Candidates should be graduating high school senior or undergraduate college students in good academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.2.

CASIC interns will be placed in full-time positions in the Southern California area, so they should be prepared to live in the vicinity of their placement and/or the CAUSE office, where weekly issues forum takes place, or be willing to commute independently.

Application requires:
Current resume
Official school transcript (sealed, mailed from school)
One letter of recommendation, including contact information of recommender
One essay addressing the following question (Maximum 1000 words):
Please share why you would like to become a CASIC intern, how the CASIC Leadership Academy will help
you achieve your goals, and what you would like to gain from the CASIC Leadership Academy.

Deadlines: May 1, 2009

Description/Mission statement:
Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) (Tax Exempt Id., 95-4458597) nonprofit, non-partisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community through non-partisan voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development.

Founded in 1993 as Chinese Americans United for Self Empowerment to promote civic and political participation in the Chinese American communities, CAUSE expanded its mission to serve the larger Asian Pacific American (APA) communities in 2003; thus, becoming Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment. Comprised of committed professional, business, community and political leaders, CAUSE has established itself as a prominent APA community-based organization in the Greater Los Angeles area, with influence and reach throughout California. CAUSE is a unique nonpartisan, community-based organization, dedicated to promoting APA civic and political participation.

Since its inception in 1991, the California Asian American Student Internship Coalition* (CASIC) has prepared elite student leaders to be in the forefront of California's legislative arena. This program is especially dedicated to developing leadership skills for college students who are interested in exploring a career in public office, public service or community advocacy, which includes becoming an elected or appointed official. All college students with an interest in Asian Pacific American (APA) affairs may also apply.

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