Student Internship Program

Mission Statement

Our Student Internship Program is devoted to offering students opportunities to expand their skills and understanding beyond the classroom. Our aim is to cultivate a deep-seated passion for justice, foster a desire to develop political organizing and advocacy skills, and nurture a dedication to leveraging these capabilities in the fight for community colleges.

Goals & Objectives
  • Equipping students with the skills and understanding needed to lobby legislators and Trustees, striving for accessibility, equity, and affordability for all students, regardless of race/ethnicity, color, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ableism, national origin, language, citizenship, or immigration status.
  • Igniting students’ voting power and opposing any policy that denies or suppresses the exercise of voting rights.
  • Working to safeguard and enhance education laws.
  • Amplifying students’ voices and advocating for their needs in a responsible and transparent manner.
  • Focusing on the cultivation of practical skills in democratic political action. This includes one-on-one volunteer outreach and leadership development, campaign messaging, power mapping and strategic planning, relationship building, and effective political practices.
  • Training interns in legislative and policy advocacy, ensuring they can use the skills learned to represent community college students in California before local and state policymakers.
  • Helping interns understand the intricacies of the legislative process and policymaking. Through this, interns will gain knowledge about issues affecting California Community Colleges, become proficient in developing and delivering impactful messaging on Public Policy School matters, and become effective policy advocates in the process.



Our guiding principles include:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Integrity
  • Social Justice
  • Diversity / Inclusion
  • Cultural Competence
  • Empathy
  • Accountability
  • Respect

The Program

Interns join a dynamic team of 45-55 students from all nine LACCD campuses. We provide them with training in core political organizing and advocacy skills and involve them on campus and in the community. Their mission is to help build a movement aimed at enhancing the lives and working conditions of community college students, staff, and faculty, locally, regionally, and statewide.

For more information about the program, please contact our Student Intern Coordinator, Juan Carlos Vasquez, at (213) 298-1040 or

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