We have concluded our internship recruitment for the 2018-2019 year. Please check back next fall for the next recruitment session! Thank you!

Intern testimonials

Why did you join APASA?

  Grace Martinez   I joined APASA to get in touch with my culture and learn about other Asian cultures. I grew up with a lot of asian friends and in a heavily Asian area, but there are so many cultures I'm still learning about. APASA's mission to celebrate and educate through events truly brings USC together and is what attracted me to APASA.

Grace Martinez

I joined APASA to get in touch with my culture and learn about other Asian cultures. I grew up with a lot of asian friends and in a heavily Asian area, but there are so many cultures I'm still learning about. APASA's mission to celebrate and educate through events truly brings USC together and is what attracted me to APASA.

  Monica Yen   Growing up, I was involved in a lot of cultural activities such as Chinese school, Chinese ribbon dancing, and more, which helped shape who I am today and why I love my culture so much. I joined APASA because it was the perfect way to give back to the community I grew up in, as well as introduce my culture to those who don't know about it.

Monica Yen

Growing up, I was involved in a lot of cultural activities such as Chinese school, Chinese ribbon dancing, and more, which helped shape who I am today and why I love my culture so much. I joined APASA because it was the perfect way to give back to the community I grew up in, as well as introduce my culture to those who don't know about it.

  Jason Liu   As a kid from the midwest who's new to the SoCal area and culture, being the External Community Chair for APASA has allowed me to see a portrait of what it means to be a member of the APA community, both on campus and in the LA community. I joined directly in spring 2018 as an e-boarder, and this summer I've been able to have a dialogue with a bevy of APA organizations and meet a ton of amazing leaders & talented individuals.  As ECC, I will leverage APASA's unique dual position as the bridge between campus & community and as the umbrella organization for APA student orgs. We will bring the LA APA activist, nonprofit, and professional community to you, the student. If you join us, I personally guarantee you will leave APASA having gotten a fuller picture of Los Angeles and what it means to be a part of this fascinating, multifaceted, fast-moving city.  You'll reach thousands of students, you'll partner with incredible organizations in LA, and you'll do it alongside a group of the most driven, talented, and loving students on campus.

Jason Liu

As a kid from the midwest who's new to the SoCal area and culture, being the External Community Chair for APASA has allowed me to see a portrait of what it means to be a member of the APA community, both on campus and in the LA community. I joined directly in spring 2018 as an e-boarder, and this summer I've been able to have a dialogue with a bevy of APA organizations and meet a ton of amazing leaders & talented individuals.

As ECC, I will leverage APASA's unique dual position as the bridge between campus & community and as the umbrella organization for APA student orgs. We will bring the LA APA activist, nonprofit, and professional community to you, the student. If you join us, I personally guarantee you will leave APASA having gotten a fuller picture of Los Angeles and what it means to be a part of this fascinating, multifaceted, fast-moving city.

You'll reach thousands of students, you'll partner with incredible organizations in LA, and you'll do it alongside a group of the most driven, talented, and loving students on campus.

  Joy Shin   I've always wanted to be a challenger of the norm and iconic voice for the masses. My goal in life has been to be the Oprah Winfrey of all APA's by defending the values we share as a collective community, just as Oprah defended her programming from the tabloids. #Oprah2020  Simplified, I wanted to make sure APA's could speak out and expect their ideas to echo, even if I were the only listener. I wanted to be on the right side of history and be a supporter for ambitious people of color striving for equity.

Joy Shin

I've always wanted to be a challenger of the norm and iconic voice for the masses. My goal in life has been to be the Oprah Winfrey of all APA's by defending the values we share as a collective community, just as Oprah defended her programming from the tabloids. #Oprah2020

Simplified, I wanted to make sure APA's could speak out and expect their ideas to echo, even if I were the only listener. I wanted to be on the right side of history and be a supporter for ambitious people of color striving for equity.

  Justin Kawaguchi   I knew I wanted to get involved with the USC APA community from the beginning of my freshman year. The APASA Internship Program offers the opportunity to get a comprehensive understanding of not only the APA community, but the entire USC programming experience. I wanted to make friends that shared my interest in the APA community and who could identify with the issues I believed were pertinent. I joined APASA to find community and now am proud to be building the same for generations of students to come.

Justin Kawaguchi

I knew I wanted to get involved with the USC APA community from the beginning of my freshman year. The APASA Internship Program offers the opportunity to get a comprehensive understanding of not only the APA community, but the entire USC programming experience. I wanted to make friends that shared my interest in the APA community and who could identify with the issues I believed were pertinent. I joined APASA to find community and now am proud to be building the same for generations of students to come.

  Kaitlyn Chu   I joined APASA to be a part of the tight-knit community and for the opportunity to use my creativity for the Asian Pacific Islander community!

Kaitlyn Chu

I joined APASA to be a part of the tight-knit community and for the opportunity to use my creativity for the Asian Pacific Islander community!

  June Moon   I joined APASA in my pursuit to translate my knowledge about the Asian American community into action. For years, I've been immensely invested in learning more about how unique we are-- our culture, our struggles, and our triumphs. Through APASA, I've been able to connect with people who also feel as passionately about our narrative and are excited about being as unapologetically Asian American as I am!

June Moon

I joined APASA in my pursuit to translate my knowledge about the Asian American community into action. For years, I've been immensely invested in learning more about how unique we are-- our culture, our struggles, and our triumphs. Through APASA, I've been able to connect with people who also feel as passionately about our narrative and are excited about being as unapologetically Asian American as I am!

  Stacy Phan   I wanted to get more invovled in the APA community here at USC and felt that APASA, specifically my role as co-diversity liaison, gave me a unique opportunity to get involved with multiple of our APA orgs on campus.

Stacy Phan

I wanted to get more invovled in the APA community here at USC and felt that APASA, specifically my role as co-diversity liaison, gave me a unique opportunity to get involved with multiple of our APA orgs on campus.

What was your favorite intern memory?

  Joshua Limlingan   My favorite memory as an intern would be the night of Kickoff Concert early in the year. It was one of the first events where the artists had the opportunity to represent themselves and have a conversation about various topics concerning APA identity. It was refreshing to have had the spotlight on APA artists and it was a perfect example of a multifaceted event for students to both enjoy and think about taboo issues in the APA community.

Joshua Limlingan

My favorite memory as an intern would be the night of Kickoff Concert early in the year. It was one of the first events where the artists had the opportunity to represent themselves and have a conversation about various topics concerning APA identity. It was refreshing to have had the spotlight on APA artists and it was a perfect example of a multifaceted event for students to both enjoy and think about taboo issues in the APA community.

  Monica Yen   My favorite intern memory was our snowball fight after the Bridge the Gap: Intersectionality through Art event. We had leftover ice from Justin's cooler, so a bunch of us decided to go outside Bovard Auditorium to have a snowball fight. We were also able to throw some "snowballs" at Zac, who was our Co-Recruitment Director at that time.

Monica Yen

My favorite intern memory was our snowball fight after the Bridge the Gap: Intersectionality through Art event. We had leftover ice from Justin's cooler, so a bunch of us decided to go outside Bovard Auditorium to have a snowball fight. We were also able to throw some "snowballs" at Zac, who was our Co-Recruitment Director at that time.

  Ashton Tu   There are too many to choose from! One day, Justin had extra ice left from his Coca Cola sponsorship. A bunch of interns and I decided to have a snowball fight next to Tommy Trojan. Everyone eventually got in a huddle, and began shouting "interns, interns, interns", and the whole time, I couldn't help but wonder what DPS was thinking as they were watching this all go down at say, 11 pm. It was definitely one of those moments that you just want to wrap up & keep with you forever. It was awesome.

Ashton Tu

There are too many to choose from! One day, Justin had extra ice left from his Coca Cola sponsorship. A bunch of interns and I decided to have a snowball fight next to Tommy Trojan. Everyone eventually got in a huddle, and began shouting "interns, interns, interns", and the whole time, I couldn't help but wonder what DPS was thinking as they were watching this all go down at say, 11 pm. It was definitely one of those moments that you just want to wrap up & keep with you forever. It was awesome.

  Amanda Suhardjo   My favorite intern memory was when we put on our intern event, Asia in Our Backyard. We had a bunch of different tables that focused on one APA cultural town located around Los Angeles. I was in charge of the table for Thai Town, along with another fellow intern Helen. It was so amazing seeing all our hard work pay off but also to talk and educate so many people about the different cultural towns. People were excited and got to learn about the APA demographic of Los Angeles outside of just the mainstream Koreatown and Little Tokyo!

Amanda Suhardjo

My favorite intern memory was when we put on our intern event, Asia in Our Backyard. We had a bunch of different tables that focused on one APA cultural town located around Los Angeles. I was in charge of the table for Thai Town, along with another fellow intern Helen. It was so amazing seeing all our hard work pay off but also to talk and educate so many people about the different cultural towns. People were excited and got to learn about the APA demographic of Los Angeles outside of just the mainstream Koreatown and Little Tokyo!

How did the intern program impact you?

  Helen Wu   Joining the intern program and especially APASA, I learned a lot more about intersectionality within the API experience through my peers and the discussion of popular issues we may experience presently. It really opened my eyes to how I perceive other individuals and to be more conscious of our similarities and nuanced differences.

Helen Wu

Joining the intern program and especially APASA, I learned a lot more about intersectionality within the API experience through my peers and the discussion of popular issues we may experience presently. It really opened my eyes to how I perceive other individuals and to be more conscious of our similarities and nuanced differences.

  Justin Kawaguchi   The intern program opened innumerable doors for me. Serving as an intern will connect you with so many different organizations on campus and introduce you to friends and leaders that will provide inspiration and mentorship for years to come. From serving as a USC Tour Guide to facilitating conversations through the Student Alumni Society, the topics that APASA addresses have prepared me to be a more engaging, aware Trojan.

Justin Kawaguchi

The intern program opened innumerable doors for me. Serving as an intern will connect you with so many different organizations on campus and introduce you to friends and leaders that will provide inspiration and mentorship for years to come. From serving as a USC Tour Guide to facilitating conversations through the Student Alumni Society, the topics that APASA addresses have prepared me to be a more engaging, aware Trojan.

  Stacy Uhm   I say this often, but I’ll say it again. Joining APASA was one of the best decisions I’ve made freshman year, like actually. Not only did I get to learn about the detailed logistics of event-planning, but I also learned more about myself by seeing, listening, and participating in matters that I haven’t been really aware of. Whether it be taking part in a networking event or getting educated about the APA exposure in media, I was able to grow as an APASA intern because my input to each event and duty was meaningful as much as any other person's input. Being an intern did not mean I got less exposure to the works of APASA. I was new to the system, but APASA e-boarders made sure the level of involvement was the same. Hence, my appreciation for teamwork increased. My intern year wouldn’t have been as great if wasn’t for the amazing peers (especially my intern class and the e-boarders) I got to meet and work with through APASA. I am grateful I got to experience such a purposeful year.

Stacy Uhm

I say this often, but I’ll say it again. Joining APASA was one of the best decisions I’ve made freshman year, like actually. Not only did I get to learn about the detailed logistics of event-planning, but I also learned more about myself by seeing, listening, and participating in matters that I haven’t been really aware of. Whether it be taking part in a networking event or getting educated about the APA exposure in media, I was able to grow as an APASA intern because my input to each event and duty was meaningful as much as any other person's input. Being an intern did not mean I got less exposure to the works of APASA. I was new to the system, but APASA e-boarders made sure the level of involvement was the same. Hence, my appreciation for teamwork increased. My intern year wouldn’t have been as great if wasn’t for the amazing peers (especially my intern class and the e-boarders) I got to meet and work with through APASA. I am grateful I got to experience such a purposeful year.

  Richelle Caday   The intern program fundamentally reminded me of the fact that my time is best spent with others who share similar goals. Surrounding myself with those who felt the same joy and pain for our community has inspired me to embrace the complex identity that is Asian Pacific American. My APASA intern experience has been nothing short of phenomenal -- from the people who've spent the time telling me their + their family's immigration stories to writing letters together for community organizations.  Being an APASA intern reminded me that I am so proud of the strides our community is making to break the barriers that socially enclose us (i.e. Model Minority, standard of beauty, colorism, etc)

Richelle Caday

The intern program fundamentally reminded me of the fact that my time is best spent with others who share similar goals. Surrounding myself with those who felt the same joy and pain for our community has inspired me to embrace the complex identity that is Asian Pacific American. My APASA intern experience has been nothing short of phenomenal -- from the people who've spent the time telling me their + their family's immigration stories to writing letters together for community organizations.

Being an APASA intern reminded me that I am so proud of the strides our community is making to break the barriers that socially enclose us (i.e. Model Minority, standard of beauty, colorism, etc)

Why should people join the intern program?

  Sarah Kim   The intern program is for anyone who wants to learn more about Asian Pacific American issues and wants to do something about it. Don't be worried about whether it's the right community for you - there's a variety of personalities and work styles that mesh together to create our Programming Board. Apart from planning events, if you're new to USC, it is a perfect way to make tons of friends because we're linked to our 26 member organizations. You can make an expansive network of people at USC that will help you feel at home here.

Sarah Kim

The intern program is for anyone who wants to learn more about Asian Pacific American issues and wants to do something about it. Don't be worried about whether it's the right community for you - there's a variety of personalities and work styles that mesh together to create our Programming Board. Apart from planning events, if you're new to USC, it is a perfect way to make tons of friends because we're linked to our 26 member organizations. You can make an expansive network of people at USC that will help you feel at home here.

  Michelle Phan   You should join the intern program because it will help foster growth within yourself and prepare you for success in your future, both at an academic and professional level. From learning how to organize events to networking with fellow students and community members, you will not only learn these professional skills, help contribute back to your community, but meet amazing people that you can call your family.

Michelle Phan

You should join the intern program because it will help foster growth within yourself and prepare you for success in your future, both at an academic and professional level. From learning how to organize events to networking with fellow students and community members, you will not only learn these professional skills, help contribute back to your community, but meet amazing people that you can call your family.

  Serena Zhu   Cool people. Sick merch. Meaningful conversations. An inside look at USC. Opportunities to serve the community and show your new friends that it is super cool to love who you are as an Asian american, but also how that in itself might mean something entirely different than you thought it did in high school. APASA gives you a space to connect with people who might have similar experiences, but also a place to encounter new meanings of being Asian American.

Serena Zhu

Cool people. Sick merch. Meaningful conversations. An inside look at USC. Opportunities to serve the community and show your new friends that it is super cool to love who you are as an Asian american, but also how that in itself might mean something entirely different than you thought it did in high school. APASA gives you a space to connect with people who might have similar experiences, but also a place to encounter new meanings of being Asian American.