TIE Internship Program

Overview

The TIE Internship Program provides college students with an educational learning experience and insight into the Los Angeles APIDA community through participation, empowerment, and advocacy. The program will foster the development and learning of students to become leaders and changemakers in their community. At this time, the TIE Program will be operating 100% virtual or remote.

 

Program Structure

The structure of the TIE Internship Program features four core components that will help to develop effective leaders on our campus and in our community:

Community Empowerment. Interns will be placed at a Community-Based Organization (CBO) in Los Angeles whose work centers on key social issues impacting the APIDA community. Interns will focus on a specific project at their site placement and gain skills in one of the following areas: funding and development; policy, advocacy, and outreach; communications and marketing; program development; and assessment. Interns will be tasked with a specific project determined by the CBO. 

Seminar. Interns will participate in bi-weekly seminars that will enhance leadership, knowledge, and professional development skills. Seminars will feature campus and community guest speakers, discussions on key social issues in the APIDA community, and leadership and professional development workshops.

Cohort Internship Model. Through the cohort internship model, interns will gain exposure to more content, participate in varied experiences, acquire diverse perspectives, and connect more ideas and concepts for intentional learning and development. 

Campus Action Plan (CAP). The internship cohort will collaborate to develop a CAP to identify a critical social issue in the APIDA community specifically seen or experienced on the USC campus. With the combination of the internship site placement and seminar, interns will use the knowledge and tools they’ve learned to create a CAP that addresses diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts on campus. The CAP must be produced as a tangible outcome (e.g., workshop curriculum, report, database, etc.). The CAP will be used as a resource to help improve campus climate and student well-being initiatives across USC. 

Learning Objectives

Throughout the internship, interns will: 

  • Explore how CBOs create effective change through community participation, empowerment, and advocacy
  • Deepen their understanding of specific issues that impact the APIDA community
  • Develop the skills and mindset to be effective leaders in their community
  • Consider how their personal experiences and identity fit within the larger APIDA historical context
  • Develop professional skills and leadership experience that are transferable to a career 
  • Connect to a large TIE alumni network

TIE Interns pose for a photo on zoom with our invited guest panelists for our TIE Non-Profit Sector Panel Seminar. 

Intern Expectations

  • Communicate promptly with your CBO site supervisor and APASS TIE staff
  • Complete tasks and responsibilities assigned by CBO
  • Set up a CBO project plan with your site supervisor
  • Attend required orientation, bi-weekly seminars, meetings with your cohort, and TIE Graduation

Anticipated Hour Commitment

  • 1.5 hour TIE Cohort Orientation
  • 40 hours at internship site placement (roughly 4 hours per week)
  • 5 hours biweekly seminar 
  • 5 hours biweekly CAP meetings with cohort
  • 1.5 hour TIE Graduation
  • Interns will meet with TIE Program Staff for a mid-program check-in

Calling All Community Organizations!

Interested in serving as CBO Internship Site Placement?

Interested in Partnering with APASS?

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Why serve as a CBO Internship Site Placement?

  • Gain support on special projects for your organization
  • Support the learning and development of young leaders with an interest in community-driven work and serving the APIDA community
  • Build a valuable partnership with USC and APASS
 

Applications for CBO Internship Site Placement will open in Fall 2021

 

CBO Internship Site Placements

We are honored to have partnered with the following Community-Based Organizations (CBO) who have offered internship site placements for our interns in Spring 2021. Learn more about each of our CBOs below. 

APIE

Asian Pacific Islander Equality

APIE

Empowering Asian & Pacific Islander communities to achieve LGBTQ, racial, and social justice.
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VAALA

Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association

VAALA

Connect and enrich communities through Vietnamese art and culture.
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Catalyst SGV Inc.

Catalyst San Gabriel Valley Incorporated

Catalyst SGV Inc.

We specialize in helping to activate local congregations to become active stakeholders in the cities they worship.
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Promise Foundation

El Monte Promise Foundation

Promise Foundation

Ensure a college-ready culture in the El Monte region and surrounding communities.
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SIPA

Search to Involve Pilipino Americans

SIPA

SIPA enriches and empowers generations of Pilipino Americans through programs, support, and services.
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Thai CDC

Thai Community Development Center

Thai CDC

Advance the social and economic well-being of low and moderate income Thais and other ethnic communities.
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CPAF

Center for the Pacific Asian Family

CPAF

Build healthy and safe communities by addressing causes and consequences of family violence & violence against women.
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KYCC

Koreatown Youth Community Center

KYCC

We serve the evolving needs of the Korean American population in the LA area and multiethnic Koreatown community.
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Kaya Press

Kaya Press

The premier publisher of cutting-edge Asian and Pacific Islander diasporic writers in the US.
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CSC

Chinatown Service Center

CSC

We provide services and advocacy that promote better quality of life and equal opportunity for immigrants and other communities.
Learn more

Congratulations to the Graduating TIE Internship Class of Spring 2021

Elianna Bautista (she/her)
Major: Occupational Therapy
Internship Placement: 
Catalyst San Gabriel Valley Incorporated

Serena Zhu (she/her)
Major: Environmental Engineering, Applied Data Science
Internship Placement:
Catalyst San Gabriel Valley Incorporated

Angela Liu (she/her)
Major: Business Administration
Internship Placement:
El Monte Promise Foundation

Tran Lee (she/her)
Major: Business Administration (Cinematic Arts)
Internship Placement:
El Monte Promise Foundation

Hana Kitamura (she/her)
Major: Business Administration
Internship Placement:
El Monte Promise Foundation

Warren Oetojo (he/him)
Major: Finance, Business Analytics, Business Administration
Internship Placement:
Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA)

Trisha Willie (she/her)
Major: Occupational Therapy
Internship Placement:
Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA)

Richelle Caday (she/her)
Major: Psychology and Non-Governmental Organizations and Social Change
Internship Placement:
Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA)

Johanna Angeles (she/her)
Major: Global Health
Internship Placement:
Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA)

Karen He (she/her)
Major: Business Administration
Internship Placement:
Thai Community Development Center

Taylor Moises (she/her)
Major: Law, History and Culture
Internship Placement:
Center for Pacific Asian Family (CPAF)

Megan Chao (she/her)
Major: Law, History and Culture
Internship Placement:
Center for Pacific Asian Family (CPAF)

Angelica Boaquina (she/her)
Major: Business Administration
Internship Placement: Chinatown Service Center

Anne Gao (she/her)
Major: Business Administration, Applied Mathematics
Internship Placement: Chinatown Service Center

Himani Boompally (she/they)
Major: History
Internship Placement:
API Equality

Yuna Jeong (she/her)
Major: History
Internship Placement:
API Equality

Emily Tran (she/her)
Major: History
Internship Placement: Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA)

Denis Mac (he/him)
Major: Finance, Business Administration
Internship Placement: Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA)

Minah Yang (she/her)
Major: Music Industry
Internship Placement: Koreatown Youth Community Center (KYCC)

Amanda Zhang (she/her)
Major: Journalism, Cinema and Media Studies
Internship Placement:
Kaya Press

Application

Eligibility

  • Must be a currently enrolled USC undergraduate student. We are not accepting graduate students at this time. 
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States. Must be able to provide a valid Social Security Number.

Important Dates

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The application is a two-part process:

1) Complete the application link by clicking below. Be prepared to submit a resume and respond to a short answer question. 
2) Apply to a CBO internship site placement (you may apply up to 3 CBOs). Position description can be found on the ConnectSC page. Click here to learn more about the CBO site placements we are currently offering.

Campus Action Project

Check out the Spring 2021 cohort’s Campus Action Projects (CAPs)! CAPs are produced by TIE interns and seek to address critical social issues as seen and/or experienced by APIDA students at USC. 

Not Your Model Minority

CAP team members craft a zine project to address the Monolithithic representation of Asian American students at USC.

Southeast Asian Coalition

CAP team members propose Southeast Asian Ethnic Studies at USC through the leadership of the Southeast Asian Coalition.

APIDA Discrimination at USC

CAP team members reflect and gather data on how Asians and Asian Americans have been dispropotionately targeted because of COVID-19.

TIE Intern Testimonials