Civic Leadership USA – 2019 National Internship Essay Contest

Purpose of the Essay Contest:

Although Asian Americans are high achievers in many areas, our civic participation levels are relatively low when compared to other ethnic groups. CLUSA is pleased and highly encouraged that up to 30 AAPI organizations nationwide and approximately 240 outstanding young men and women are participating in this year’s Public Service Internship program. The 2019 Internship Essay Contest by CLUSA is open to all the interns to join and share their amazing experiences and stories

 

The purpose of this Essay Contest is to:

  • Encourage the interns to be more civic-minded
  • Stimulate participants to observe, contemplate and to gain more from their internship experience
  • Encourage other young people to join and contribute to public service by sharing personal, first-hand stories with them

 

Eligibility:

The contest is open to all 2019 CLUSA internship grant participants. Only one essay per participant(intern).

 

Essay Topic:

Contestants are encouraged to use their own internship experience this year to write about:

  • Why civic engagement and public service is important to our society
  • Their internship experience and their own journey towards civic engagement or public service
  • Why AAPI must be more civic engaged
  • Role models in public service/civic engagement they may have met during the internship
  • Inspirational stories and personal experiences in this year internship program

 

Essay Length:

Essays should be about 500 words in length.

 

Other Guidelines:

  • Plagiarism is not allowed.
  • Essays must be written in English.
  • Using the link provided below to submit your work in a Microsoft Word document.
  • You may include images/illustrations/diagrams in your work, mainly if they illustrate the topic or your ideas.

Timeline:

You can enter the Essay Contest from July 15 – August 31, 2019.

The final essay must be submitted by August 31, 2019.

The judging period is from September 1 – 30, 2019.

Winners and Prizes will be announced in early October 2019.

 

Judging and Essay Review Committee:

Joel Wong, Chair, CLUSA Editorial Committee

Sandy Chau, CLUSA Founder and Chair

Congressman David Wu, CLUSA Vice Chair

Diana Ding, Founder and CEO DingDingTV

Dr. Michael Chang, APALI Founder and Executive Director

Anthony Le, APALI Deputy Director

Anthony Ng, CLUSA Executive Director

Qing Bai, CLUSA Director of Admission and Education

Wen Yuan, CLUSA Director of IT and Communication

Chuck Ng, CLUSA Director of Community Outreach and Development

Other Judges invited from the grantee organizations and the AAPI community

 

Prizes:

First Prize (1) – $ 500

Runners Up (2) – $ 300

Third Prize (3) – $ 100

Merit Awards (up to 20) – $ 50

All Essay Participants will be awarded a CLUSA Certificate of Merit for participation.

Selected Essays will be published on the CLUSA website, promoted on Facebook, DingDing TV, and other public media.

 

How to Enter:

Please click the link below and follow the specific instructions to participate.

https://form.jotform.com/91925995639175

 

Questions:

Please contact Qing Bai, Director of Administration & Education, CLUSA

Email: qbai@clusa.org

Phone: 1-408-2508436