Thank you for your interest in applying for the 2024 KACE Grassroots Internship Program. The Application Period will open January 1, 2024. If you are accessing this page prior to that date, it is highly recommended that you prepare your application during this time for timely submission. The link to upload all required documents through our Google Form is available at the bottom of this post.
The Deadline to apply by is Friday, March 29, 2024. It is highly recommend that you apply at your earliest possibility to ensure enough time to schedule a job interview if selected from the pool of applicants. The last interview will be taking place no later than May 10, 2024. There is no guarantee that you will be able to be interviewed after that date.
All applications are reviewed for consideration on a rolling basis in the order that they are received. If you need help with your application, please email us at email@example.com. Please remember to include your name, grade, and school in your inquiry. All fields of this application and uploading of all documents are required. Please have all of your documents ready to upload before proceeding. Incomplete responses or failure to upload required documents may result in the rejection of your application. If you are selected to move onto the next stage for an interview over Zoom, you will be contacted with further instructions via the Gmail address you provide.
Application Process Overview
The Following seven (7) documents are required and must be submitted together for consideration:
- 2024 KACE Applicant Information Form (link for download)
- Applicant’s Photo
- Clear picture or scan of School ID, both front and back sides
- Personal Statement (further instructions below)
- Complete School Transcript
- Stop Sexual Harassment Training Certificate
Failure to provide any of the required documents may result in the delay of processing your application or the rejection of your application in its entirety. As a reminder, this is a job application.
Start and Submit Your Application As Early As Possible
It is advised of all applicants to start their application process early and submit their application as early as possible in order to ensure enough time for an interview. We are only able to schedule an interview during regular business hours (9am – 5pm; last interview at 4pm) Mondays through Fridays not including weekends or holidays. We are only able to interview 1 or 2 people per regular business day. If you are contacted for an interview but are unavailable for your interview at the aforementioned time range, please provide us with three reasonable different dates and times that you are available for an interview.
1. 2024 KACE Applicant Information Form
Please download and complete the information form (LINK) to the best of your ability. You may scan or take a clear and legible photo of the information form for upload into the Google Form application (the link is at the bottom of this post).
2. Applicant’s Photo
This should be something that you would use as a professional profile picture for a LinkedIn account. You do not need to have a LinkedIn account for this application. This is also to help the interviewer verify your identity.
3. Clear picture or scan of School ID, both front and back sides
Please include a scan or clear and legible photo of both the front and back sides of your School ID. This is also to help the interviewer verify your identity.
Please prepare a resume that you would submit for any other job application or for your college application. Resumes should be tailored for each different job application. You should also seek reliable persons (for example: your school’s guidance counselor) to help you write or look over your resume for feedback.
5. Personal Statement
Please select ONE (1) of the following writing topics and write your personal statement in no less than 500 words, but no more than 2,000 words, and upload to the Google Form (link below) as a Word Document. AI-Generated content is strictly prohibited and may result in the immediate rejection of your application. This is a job application, so please remember to take this and all portions of this application seriously. Remember to check for spelling and grammar. Please also remember to cite your sources and provide a bibliography if applicable.
- Why you do want to participate in the 2024 internship program? What do you hope to achieve by the end of the 2024 internship program?
- What is an important moment or person in Asian American history that you believe should be taught in your public school curriculum? Please explain your reasoning and cite your sources.
- A third place can be defined as a space that is separate from your home (your first place), school or place of employment (your second place), where you are able to regularly connect with other people over shared interests or activities. Some examples of third places are public parks and libraries. Write about what your third place is, why third places are important, and why this particular third place personally matters to you.
6. Complete School Transcript
Please upload a copy of your most recent and complete high school transcript. This is something that you can obtain from your guidance counselor. If you are a current Freshmen in high school, you should still be able to obtain a copy of your transcript, albeit your final year grades may be pending. If you are currently in middle school at the time of applying but meet the minimum age requirements (at least 14 years of age as per the laws of the State of New York), you should also be able to acquire a copy of your complete transcript or its equivalent (i.e. report cards) from your school guidance counselor.
7. Stop Sexual Harassment Training Certificate
This training is mandatory and required as per the laws of the State and City of New York. This is a link to New York City’s webpage for the training video that complies with the requirements: https://www.nyc.gov/site/cchr/law/sexual-harassment-training.page
This training is available in multiple languages. The training takes approximately 45 minutes. You can take the training on a computer or a phone. At the end of this training, you will get a certificate of completion.
Please note that you cannot save your progress. Do not refresh the page, as you may lose your place and have to restart the training. At the end of the training, you must click the “SAVE” button first in order to generate your certificate of completion. If you are taking this training on a desktop computer or laptop, you will be able to print or save the certificate to your computer. If you are on a mobile device, you can use the device’s capabilities to take a screenshot, save, or email the certificate.
This training requires Chrome 67 (or later), Firefox 66.0.4 (or later), or Safari 11.1.1 (or later). Accessibility features for users with disabilities include audio descriptions and closed captioning and alt-text for the images and the icons.
The Interview Process
Each interview averages between 30minutes to 1 hour. The interview will cover three major areas: 1. getting to know who you are; 2. typical interview questions; and 3. you ability/availability to participate in this year’s program. This is a job interview. It is highly recommended that you prepare in advance for your interview. Please be prepared and dress accordingly. Here is a YouTube playlist with some videos that may help you prepare for the interview (you do not need to sign up for any course or buy anything; the tips in the videos are more than enough for this interview): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSoraRLW8kLZNwPX-gQtk3jaUcDKdlPgp
Working Papers / Employment Certificate
As per New York State and New Jersey State law, applicants will need to get working papers, sometimes referred to as an employment certificate. Speak with your parents first. Your high school guidance counselor should be able to help you get your working papers. Acquiring your working papers may take a lot of time, so it is advised that you speak with your guidance counselor immediately to get the process started. If you run into issues in getting working papers, please let us know. Working papers for minors in New York are physical certificates. Working papers for minors in New Jersey is digital.
- More information about Working Papers in New York: https://dol.ny.gov/working-papers
- More information about Working Papers in New Jersey: https://www.nj.gov/labor/youngworkers/find-a-job/working-papers/getstarted.shtml
For any Questions
For any questions or inquiries about the 2024 Grassroots Internship Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a student, please remember to include your name, grade, and school in your inquiry. If you are a parent, please indicate your child’s name, grade, and school in your inquiry. Thank you.