Program Components

For over 20 years, the LEAD Program has trained students to be conscientious and responsible leaders in advocacy, policy, and service. Through a comprehensive leadership course that spans from Spring through Summer, students undergo leadership and professional development trainings, gain real-life, on the job experience in a summer internship, and connect with peers and local professionals, including community leaders, elected officials, and government staff. Throughout the program, students receive guidance, mentorship and support from their program supervisor and internship office mentor. Students also work together to coordinate and execute an impact project that addresses a community issue.

“They connected me with civic leaders and enabled me to ask them questions, build personal relationship, and gain mentors. I learned about different career pathways in public policy, advocacy and service, and built a base of people to support me as I build my pathway.”
-Disha Banik Intern for Kaiser Permanente

“During my first experiences in a politician’s office exploring the world of political science, one thing became very clear to me: Politicians live an enormously busy life.  The office I worked in, while calm and quiet, was a strong support team. Our responsibility was to make sure the politician we worked under was prepared to serve its constituents.”

Sameep Tandon Intern for Assemblymember Sally Lieber

Leadership and Professional Development

Leadership and Professional Development

  • Students participate in 9 days of training in leadership, professionalism, social justice, government processes, and more.
  • Trainings build foundation for civic and social awareness, engagement and participation.
  • Students connect with guest speakers, community leaders, and their peers.

Community Impact Project

Community Impact Project

  • Students are placed in an government or community-based office to complete a 10 week internship.
  • Students serve a minimum of 100-hours in their internship office, and develop work-place skills in a professional setting.
  • Students are trained to register new voters and attend voter registration events.

Government and Advocacy Internships

Government and Advocacy Internship

  • Students design and execute a community impact project that addresses an issue or need in the community.
  • Students gain experience in project management, logistics, and collaboration.

Program Timeline

Important Dates for LEAD 2020

Application Distributed: December 2019

Application Due: February 21, 2020

Field Trips and Events

Voter Registration Events: June 18 & July 23, 2020

California State Capitol: June 2020

NBC Bay Area: TBA

Santa Clara County Family Justice Center Courthouse: TBA

Additional Opportunities: TBA

Tentative Training Dates

LEAD Program Interviews: March 7, 2020

Acceptance Announcements: March 9 – 13, 2020

Training 1: March 21, 2020

Training 2: April 4, 2020

Training 3: April 25, 2020

Training 4: May 16, 2020

Training 5: June 13, 2020

Training 6: June 27, 2020

Training 7: July 18, 2020

Training 8: August 1, 2020

Graduation / Last Day of Program: August 8, 2020

Program dates may be subject to change.

Internship Offices

Partnerships With the Community

In the 20 years that the program has been operating, LEAD has partnered with 100+ different government and community based offices to place students in summer internships. These partnerships change students lives by offering them professional experience and empowering them to take part in the field of public service. Thank you to the following community partners who make LEAD possible:

Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker

Asian Americans for Community Involvement

Asian Law Alliance (ALA)

Asian Liver Center

Assemblymember Alberto Torrico

Assemblymember Ash Kalra

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski

Assemblymember Carol Liu

Assemblymember Carole Migden

Assemblymember Fiona Ma

Assemblymember Evan Low

Assemblymember Ira Ruskin

Assemblymember Joe Coto

Assemblymember Kansen Chu

Assemblymember David Chiu

Assemblymember Kevin Shelley

Assemblymember Manny Diaz

Assemblymember Nora Campos

Assemblymember Paul Fong

Assemblymember Rebecca Cohn

Assemblymember Sally Lieber

Assemblymember Sandre Swanson

Assemblymember Simon Salinas

Assemblymember Ted Lempert

Assemblymember Warren Furutani

Assemblymember Wilma Chan

Community Health Partnership (CHP)

Congressmember Mike Honda

Congressmember Pete Stark

Congressmember Zoe Lofgren

City Year

East Palo Alto Community Service Department Mobile Recreation Program

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Governor Gray Davis

Justice At Work Law Group

Kollaboration SF

Oakland Chamber of Commerce

Project Sentinel

Redwood City Office of the City Clerk

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newson

San Jose City Council Linda LeZotte

San Jose City Councilmember Ash Kalra

San Jose City Councilmember Cindy Chavez

San Jose City Councilmember Forrest Williams

San Jose City Councilmember Kansen Chu

San Jose City Councilmember Nancy Pyle

San Jose City Councilmember Pete Constant

San Jose City Councilmember Raul Peralez

San Jose City Councilmember Rose Herrera

San Jose City Councilmember Sergio Jimenez

San Jose City Councilmember Sam Liccardo

San Jose City Councilmember Sylvia Arenas

San Jose City Councilmember Xavier Campos

San Jose Housing Department

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed

San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales

San Jose Strong Neighborhoods Initiative

San Jose Vice Mayor Judy Chirco

San Jose Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen

San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco

Santa Clara County Office of Education

Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy

Santa Clara County Supervisor Blanca Alvarado

Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese

Santa Clara County Supervisor Don Gage

Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss

Santa Clara County Supervisor Pete McHugh

Santa Clara Hep B Free

Santa Clara Office of Affordable Housing

Second Harvest Food Bank

Senator Diane Feinstein

Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN)

Silicon Valley Education Foundation

Silicon Valley Talent Partnership

Somos Mayfair

State Senator Abel Maldonado

State Senator Bob Wieckowski

State Senator Byron Sher

State Senator Elaine Alquist

State Senator Ellen Corbett

State Senator Jim Beall

State Senator Joe Simitian

State Senator John Vasconcellos

State Senator Liz Figueroa

Sunnyvale Mayor Otto Lee

Somos Mayfair

United Way Silicon Valley

US Department of Education

US Department of Labor

US Department of Transportation

US Environmental Protection Agency

US Federal Aviation Administration

US Food and Drug Administration

Vietnamese American Worker Rights Project

Working Partnerships USA