Together In Empowerment (TIE) Internship Program

The TIE Application for Spring 2021 is currently closed.

What is TIE?

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 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, 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, discussion 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 from the intern’s experience (i.e. workshop curriculum, report, database, etc). The CAP will be used as a resource to help improve campus climate and student wellbeing 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

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

Program Timeline

Feb 12 – Cohort TIE Orientation
Feb 15 – First Day of Internship*
Feb 19 – Seminar Session 1

March 5 – Seminar Session 2
March 19 – Seminar Session 3
April 2 – Seminar Session 4
April 16 – Seminar Session 5
April 23 – Last Day of Internship*
April 29 – 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

Stipend

Interns receive a $500 stipend upon satisfactory completion of the program

Eligibility

  • Must be a currently enrolled USC undergraduate student
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States to apply for an internship. Must be able to provide a valid Social Security Number.

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest! Applications are currently closed for Spring 2021. 

CBO Internship Site Placements

We are so excited for this year’s Spring 2021 Internship Class. Introducing Cohort 1 and their CBO Internship Site Placements:

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:
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


Community Based Organizations (CBOs)

Our applications to serve as internship hosts sites has closed for Spring 2021.

 

The purpose of the TIE Internship Program is to provide college students an educational learning experience and insight into the Los Angeles APIDA community through participation, empowerment, and advocacy. Students will be matched to an APIDA Community Based Organization (CBO) and receive hands-on experience in the workplace, develop professional skills and experience, 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 Plan (CAP) that will address a critical social issue in the APIDA community specifically seen or experienced on the USC campus. At this time, the TIE Program will be operating 100% virtual or remote. 

As a CBO internship site placement, your organization will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain additional support to carry out a specific project
  • Have a direct impact in cultivating the leadership and professional development of young APIDA leaders
  • Gain community partnership with a University department whose priority is to serve young APIDA students

CBO Special Project

Site Supervisors will assign 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.

Expectations

  • Identify one professional staff member to serve as the internship Site Supervisor
  • Determine and assign a 40-hour special project to intern
  • Regularly meet with intern to check in on project status
  • Participate in mid-program check-in with APASS staff
  • Attend CBO TIE Orientation

Important Dates

Dec 8 – CBO Applications open
Jan 8 – CBO Applications deadline by 11:59pm PST
Jan 18 – CBO TIE Orientation (week of Jan 18-22)
Feb 3 – 5 – Interview Week (3 days)
Feb 8-11 –  Internship Matching & Confirmations Distributed
Feb 11 – Final day to confirm internship acceptance
Feb 15 – First Day of Internship*
April 23 – Last Day of Internship*
April 29 – TIE Graduation