Become a CBO Partner

Become A Partner

Do you have special projects that need attention? Are you interested in supporting college students in an educational learning experience and providing insight into the Los Angeles APIDA community? Support our TIE Internship Program by becoming a Community Based Organization (CBO) partner with APASS.

Currently, our TIE Internship Program takes place in the Spring semester of the academic calendar (February – April). Student interns will be matched to an APIDA CBO and receive hand-on experience in the workplace, develop professional skills and experiences, have access to valuable thought leaders, and receive peer-to-peer support through their cohort. At the end of the program, the cohort will develop a Campus Action Project (CAP) that will address a critical social issue in the APIDA community specifically seen/or experienced on the USC campus.  

CBO Special Projects

Site Supervisors are responsible for creating and assigning to an intern a special project that serves a specific need of the CBO and contributes to the learning and development of the intern. Special projects should help the intern to develop skills and experience in at least one functional area including the following: funding and development, policy, advocacy, outreach, communications and marketing, program development, and assessment. Click here for TIE Sample Intern Special Projects.

Projects are not meant to be general office work. The majority of the hours outlined in their work plan should specifically contribute to the goals and outcomes of the project. No more than 10 hours should be assigned to general office administration, unless it directly contributes to the tangible outcome of the special project.

Examples of Previous CBO Special Projects

Site Supervisor Expectations

  • Attend CBO TIE Orientation
  • Identify one professional staff member to serve as the internship Site Supervisor
  • Determine and assign a 50-hour special project to intern
  • Meet regularly with intern about project status
  • Participate in mid-program check-in with APASS staff
  • Complete post-program survey

Anticipated Timeline

Timeline is subject to change** 

January – CBO Internship Site Placement Applications Open
Jan 28 – CBO Internship Site Placement Application Deadline (11:59pm PST)
Late January – CBOs selection notification
Feb 4 – CBO Orientation
Feb 11 – CBOs receive interview packets
Feb 14 & 15 – Interview Days
Feb 16 – 18 – Internship matching and confirmations distributed
Feb 22 – Final day for candidates to confirm internship acceptance
Feb 25 – Internship Cohort Orientation
Feb 28* – First day of internship
April 29* – Last day of internship
April 29* – TIE Graduation

Internship Match Process

Once your CBO is selected as an internship site placement, our staff will conduct a comprehensive match process in which we pair your CBO with a potential candidate. We use multiple tools to help make a strong match and these include the following: interviews and notes, candidate’s resume, application, and essay. Through the internship match process, we are able to offer CBOs high-caliber candidates who fit their needs. 

Stipend Match Program

The TIE Internship Program rewards our interns a stipend upon satisfactory completion. Through our stipend match program, we ask that, for each intern, CBOs finance 50% of the stipend in which APASS will match 50%. Any additional intern requested by the CBO (2 or more) will be the responsibility of the CBO to cover the stipend in full (100%). 

Apply to be a CBO Internship Site Placement

Our application to serve as a CBO Internship Site Placement for Spring 2022 has closed. Please check back for more updates about partnering with APASS in Spring 2023. 

For more information or if you would like to be added to our CBO Interest List, please email us at

Eligibility Criteria

We are looking for the following components in considering CBOs for internship site placement:

  • Dedication to serving, advocating, and empowering the Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) community.
  • Internship experiences that will support the learning and development of APIDA students.
  • Primary consideration for CBOs located in Los Angeles County (although consideration may be given to CBOs located outside of LA and willing to provide a 100% remote internship).

Thank You to our Spring 2021 Partners!

We are so appreciative of our local partners who participated as CBO internship site placements. In Spring 2021, we partnered with 10 CBOs and placed 20 USC interns remotely across LA county. Thank you for supporting the TIE Internship Program and our USC Trojans!