Apply to be a USC APASA Intern for the 2017-2018 school year! 

Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/f7ngvWvYCrJU0ozi2

The Intern Program is a unique opportunity open to all incoming freshmen and sophomores. As part of the program, Interns will sit right alongside our Executive Board and will have the opportunity to execute and plan events that promote our mission in celebrating Asian American heritage and culture. The Intern Program is also a perfect opportunity to get involved in USC’s Undergraduate Student Government and Program Board. As a supportive and collaborative community, APASA strives to serve as your family away from home, and we would love for you all to apply!

Some perks to consider...
- Mentorship through our buddy system!
- Meet new friends with our 23 wonderful member organizations!
- Lead our assembly with your ideas!
- Take part in planning our awesome events!
- Meet cool speakers - (Past speakers include D-Trix, Dumbfoundead, Constance Wu, George Takei, and more!)
- Occasionally enjoy free food and boba!
- And the possibility to serve on our Executive Board the following year!

We will be hosting two information sessions on Thursday, August 24 (5pm @ TCC 227) and Wednesday, August 30 (5pm @ TCC 227) if you would like to learn more about the program (and to meet us and past interns as well!). 

For questions and concerns, please contact recruitment directors Zachary Ishimoto (zishimot@usc.edu) and Sarah Kim (suyonkim@usc.edu). 

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Applications are due on Wednesday, September 6 - 11:59pm, and first round interviews will follow!

 

Intern Testimonials

Joy Shin “Call me Nemo because I’m not afraid to touch the butt.” Who would’ve thought that sharing pick-up lines would be a way to bond at the first meeting. The first day as an APASA intern was like riding the Teacup ride at Disneyland- you think you know what to expect, but BAM you end up with someone else’s Minnie Mouse ears on your head. For those out of state kids who’ve never been to Disneyland (the turkey leg is a solid 10/10 I would strongly recommend), I am trying to describe an experience that never fails to bombard you with surprises. APASA has helped me take another step towards who I imagine myself to be one day. Yes, there are some parts of APASA that are a given- learning about your APA identity, making new friends, and gaining perspective. However, I have been pleasantly surprised to see the effects of APASA after a year of being an intern. Not only do I see myself more open-minded, I realize the power that I hold as an empowered individual who can use her voice to shape her world. APASA has been one of the many platforms that have taught me to think about the various intersections that form my identity, such as race, ethnicity and class. To sum it up, APASA has been one surprise after another, whether those surprises come in the form of a thought provoking question or an unexpected but EPIC KBBQ DINNER! (S/O to KBBQ SQUAD!) For those who are looking for ways to grow, make gr8 friends and be the glue for the APA on campus, I would DEF recommend being an APASA intern!

Joy Shin

“Call me Nemo because I’m not afraid to touch the butt.”

Who would’ve thought that sharing pick-up lines would be a way to bond at the first meeting.

The first day as an APASA intern was like riding the Teacup ride at Disneyland- you think you know what to expect, but BAM you end up with someone else’s Minnie Mouse ears on your head.

For those out of state kids who’ve never been to Disneyland (the turkey leg is a solid 10/10 I would strongly recommend), I am trying to describe an experience that never fails to bombard you with surprises.

APASA has helped me take another step towards who I imagine myself to be one day. Yes, there are some parts of APASA that are a given- learning about your APA identity, making new friends, and gaining perspective. However, I have been pleasantly surprised to see the effects of APASA after a year of being an intern.

Not only do I see myself more open-minded, I realize the power that I hold as an empowered individual who can use her voice to shape her world. APASA has been one of the many platforms that have taught me to think about the various intersections that form my identity, such as race, ethnicity and class.

To sum it up, APASA has been one surprise after another, whether those surprises come in the form of a thought provoking question or an unexpected but EPIC KBBQ DINNER! (S/O to KBBQ SQUAD!)

For those who are looking for ways to grow, make gr8 friends and be the glue for the APA on campus, I would DEF recommend being an APASA intern!

Annie Dao Being an intern last year was such an amazing experience! I made so many new friends and was able to find a community helped me grow and learn more about my APA identity. As an intern this past year, I have not only learned more about my own APA identity, but I am continuing to learn more about APA history and learning to celebrate my own heritage and learning about and connecting with other people. Through APASA, I’ve had the chance to learn and attend different events that have made me feel more connected to my APA identity. As an intern, I was able to help others learn more about the APA community and explore their own identities. Not only that, but I also get to do so many amazing things and help put on super cool events that are fun and spread our culture throughout campus.

Annie Dao

Being an intern last year was such an amazing experience! I made so many new friends and was able to find a community helped me grow and learn more about my APA identity. As an intern this past year, I have not only learned more about my own APA identity, but I am continuing to learn more about APA history and learning to celebrate my own heritage and learning about and connecting with other people. Through APASA, I’ve had the chance to learn and attend different events that have made me feel more connected to my APA identity. As an intern, I was able to help others learn more about the APA community and explore their own identities. Not only that, but I also get to do so many amazing things and help put on super cool events that are fun and spread our culture throughout campus.

Michelle Je I grew up in an area with very few Asian Americans, so you can imagine how excited I was to join the APA community at USC! I had a blast as an APASA intern; we were always surrounded by creative ideas, amazing people, and new opportunities. For the first time, I…. • Tried milk tea boba (and loved it!) • Discussed APA issues with a group of other APA students • Fully embraced being Korean-American! If you want a memorable year full of your own “firsts,” I highly encourage you to apply!

Michelle Je

I grew up in an area with very few Asian Americans, so you can imagine how excited I was to join the APA community at USC! I had a blast as an APASA intern; we were always surrounded by creative ideas, amazing people, and new opportunities.

For the first time, I….

• Tried milk tea boba (and loved it!)

• Discussed APA issues with a group of other APA students

• Fully embraced being Korean-American!

If you want a memorable year full of your own “firsts,” I highly encourage you to apply!

Michelle Su At first, I actually was pretty hesitant to apply to be an APASA intern. I wasn't sure what it entailed, and I was a bit scared to take the risk. Looking back, I am so glad that I found mentors who encouraged me to apply. My experience as an APASA intern opened my eyes to the diversity that exists not only on campus, but within the Asian Pacific American community. Growing up in the Silicon Valley (in a particularly Asian-dominated neighborhood), I had always felt comfortable expressing pride in my Taiwanese heritage. Through APASA, however, I learned to broaden my perspectives on what being Asian American meant. More importantly, I found countless opportunities to meet and learn from more people of different backgrounds and identities. My experience in APASA has allowed me to make meaningful relationships, expand my knowledge, and develop transferable skills in leadership and organization. For all of these reasons, I am so grateful for the APASA community. Without my experience as an intern my freshman year, I wouldn't have continued to grow into the role I have today!

Michelle Su

At first, I actually was pretty hesitant to apply to be an APASA intern. I wasn't sure what it entailed, and I was a bit scared to take the risk. Looking back, I am so glad that I found mentors who encouraged me to apply.

My experience as an APASA intern opened my eyes to the diversity that exists not only on campus, but within the Asian Pacific American community. Growing up in the Silicon Valley (in a particularly Asian-dominated neighborhood), I had always felt comfortable expressing pride in my Taiwanese heritage. Through APASA, however, I learned to broaden my perspectives on what being Asian American meant. More importantly, I found countless opportunities to meet and learn from more people of different backgrounds and identities.

My experience in APASA has allowed me to make meaningful relationships, expand my knowledge, and develop transferable skills in leadership and organization. For all of these reasons, I am so grateful for the APASA community. Without my experience as an intern my freshman year, I wouldn't have continued to grow into the role I have today!

Joshua Limlingan Joining some random organizations this semester, either for fun or professional reasons? APASA has got you covered. Will APASA satisfy your every whim, probably not, but I guarantee you that it will be more than just another "organization" to put on your resume. Be involved in APASA and help us truly forge change, both socially and culturally. The   intern program is the absolute best way to do that, and as a freshman, I was able to really create my own path towards making a difference within the APA community. Best friends and great mentors came out of that program at the end of the year. Decision after decision that I never would have had the courage to make were made because of the intern program. Of course, it's not all fun and games, because there will be paperwork! Your time is running out though, because applications for the intern program don't last forever! Life might take you in another direction, but honestly, just read the first word of every sentence and you'll get what I mean.  

Joshua Limlingan

Joining some random organizations this semester, either for fun or professional reasons? APASA has got you covered. Will APASA satisfy your every whim, probably not, but I guarantee you that it will be more than just another "organization" to put on your resume. Be involved in APASA and help us truly forge change, both socially and culturally. The   intern program is the absolute best way to do that, and as a freshman, I was able to really create my own path towards making a difference within the APA community. Best friends and great mentors came out of that program at the end of the year. Decision after decision that I never would have had the courage to make were made because of the intern program. Of course, it's not all fun and games, because there will be paperwork! Your time is running out though, because applications for the intern program don't last forever! Life might take you in another direction, but honestly, just read the first word of every sentence and you'll get what I mean.  

Michelle Lin Hello friend!! Is there apasa-bility that you want to apply to be an APASA intern? Heck yeah there is!! You should apply to be an APASA intern because APASA is a great way to get involved with APA events and advocacy on campus. As an intern, you get to learn fun things and meet fun people and get an overall fun-tastic experience! Puns aside, some of the pros of the intern pro-gram include getting to work with amazing people and learning about API communities and issues. APASA has really helped guide me to learn about what being API means to me and doing work within a community, something that I knew very little about prior to coming to USC. Back home, nobody really ever talked about being Asian American in the community; it just didn’t happen. Through APASA I’ve gotten to explore API issues in a hands-on setting, particularly community organizing, and along the way I’ve met fantastic people who are also deeply passionate about the work they do. It’s inspiring to know that you’re surrounded by such driven and awesome individuals that are there to support you and help you succeed. Even more inspiring is knowing that these individuals are not only super down to support your work, they’re also more likely to laugh at your horrible puns.

Michelle Lin

Hello friend!! Is there apasa-bility that you want to apply to be an APASA intern? Heck yeah there is!!
You should apply to be an APASA intern because APASA is a great way to get involved with APA events and advocacy on campus. As an intern, you get to learn fun things and meet fun people and get an overall fun-tastic experience!

Puns aside, some of the pros of the intern pro-gram include getting to work with amazing people and learning about API communities and issues. APASA has really helped guide me to learn about what being API means to me and doing work within a community, something that I knew very little about prior to coming to USC. Back home, nobody really ever talked about being Asian American in the community; it just didn’t happen. Through APASA I’ve gotten to explore API issues in a hands-on setting, particularly community organizing, and along the way I’ve met fantastic people who are also deeply passionate about the work they do. It’s inspiring to know that you’re surrounded by such driven and awesome individuals that are there to support you and help you succeed. Even more inspiring is knowing that these individuals are not only super down to support your work, they’re also more likely to laugh at your horrible puns.

Alex Sohn A key part of college is the search for identity and your heritage plays a huge role in that. Regardless of whether or not you identify with your ancestral culture, your background inevitably places a role in how you are treated in society and (very likely) how you grew up. For me, the dichotomy of my identity as an American and as a Korean has constantly affected me. So it little wonder that I joined APASA, an organization dedicated to the APA community. Our organization strives to embrace that we, as Asian-Pacific Americans, dwell in that middle ground between two vastly different cultures. The intern program is just an easy way to be part of such an endeavor. The intern program is a learning experience. It definitely has its ups and downs, but to me it was an experience that probably made the greatest impact on me. I joined the intern program as a sophomore (which usually doesn’t happen), and it helped me to be better integrated into the APA community here in USC. And while sometimes, being a lifeless pre-med major, I wish I could skip meetings to go study for the tests I am bound to fail, I also never regret going to the meetings anyway. Planning events on the scale that APASA does is a tremendous effort, and interns (once they get the hang of things) are allowed tremendous input on the planning process. Moreover, through APASA, I’ve met so many members of the community that I would never have even come across if not through our program.

Alex Sohn

A key part of college is the search for identity and your heritage plays a huge role in that. Regardless of whether or not you identify with your ancestral culture, your background inevitably places a role in how you are treated in society and (very likely) how you grew up. For me, the dichotomy of my identity as an American and as a Korean has constantly affected me. So it little wonder that I joined APASA, an organization dedicated to the APA community. Our organization strives to embrace that we, as Asian-Pacific Americans, dwell in that middle ground between two vastly different cultures. The intern program is just an easy way to be part of such an endeavor.

The intern program is a learning experience. It definitely has its ups and downs, but to me it was an experience that probably made the greatest impact on me. I joined the intern program as a sophomore (which usually doesn’t happen), and it helped me to be better integrated into the APA community here in USC. And while sometimes, being a lifeless pre-med major, I wish I could skip meetings to go study for the tests I am bound to fail, I also never regret going to the meetings anyway. Planning events on the scale that APASA does is a tremendous effort, and interns (once they get the hang of things) are allowed tremendous input on the planning process. Moreover, through APASA, I’ve met so many members of the community that I would never have even come across if not through our program.

Grace Martinez I originally joined APASA because “internship” was an attractive title. I had grown up in a Asian-dominated community from K-12, so I thought I knew everything there was to know about being APA. However, through interning with APASA, I came to learn that the title was the least important quality of the internship and that I had known very little about the intricacies of Asian culture nor the complexity of APA issues. This internship not only gave me the opportunity to grow as a leader but also inspired me to explore my and others’ identities. And of course, the internship was simply fun. I met some of my closest friends through APASA and truly had an amazing freshman year because of this organization.

Grace Martinez

I originally joined APASA because “internship” was an attractive title. I had grown up in a Asian-dominated community from K-12, so I thought I knew everything there was to know about being APA. However, through interning with APASA, I came to learn that the title was the least important quality of the internship and that I had known very little about the intricacies of Asian culture nor the complexity of APA issues. This internship not only gave me the opportunity to grow as a leader but also inspired me to explore my and others’ identities. And of course, the internship was simply fun. I met some of my closest friends through APASA and truly had an amazing freshman year because of this organization.