WYA Asia Pacific announces 2015 Internship Dates

New Dates Announced

Last week, the WYA Asia Pacific office unveiled the internship dates and application deadlines for 2015. Check out the poster below.

The office is currently accepting applications for the first batch of 2015, which is due on November 26. To learn more about the program and requirements for application, visit www.wya.net/apinternships or email inquiries to asiapacific@wya.net.

A one-of-a-kind experience

Why apply to the WYA Asia Pacific internship? Former interns attest to it being a one-of-a-kind experience that not only gives young people an opportunity to hone professional skills but also delve deeper into what it means to be human.

WYA was perfect because it became my avenue for making a difference. It made me feel like being young does not mean being reckless and unqualified. It means being wide-eyed and always willing to learn. It means being the generation capable of and therefore responsible for inspiring change within itself and even beyond. WYA taught me to be not the kindest or the most intelligent but to be the most human. 

Isabela Marie Bertillo

I always knew change was possible. And I’ve always believed that youth like me had the capacity to make changes in society. The understanding that each person has human dignity has given me the encouragement I need to make change happen. WYA has provided me so many experiences that I’ll take with me forever. WYA has taught me that as people, our dignity and our creativity are worth so much more than what they seem. These are ideas that have empowered me and I can’t wait to share them with the world. 

Jan Miko Superable

Joining WYA was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. For three months, I would find myself excited and motivated to go to the WYAAP office, despite the distance and long travel time. WYA did not only equip me with knowledge to promote human dignity, but they helped me grow as a person. WYA helped me a lot in realizing my goals in the future and that is to promote the dignity of the person. 

Joyce Ann Cedeño




A Pathway to involvement at

the WYA Headquarters and the United Nations

Not only is the Asia Pacific internship an experience in itself, it also opens the doors to greater opportunities with WYA. Interns who excel in their local program become eligible to apply for a second internship in the WYA Headquarters located in New York City. Many Asian interns have gone on to manage global projects and assist in WYA’s work in the United Nations. Check out some of their stories:

I joined the WYA Asia Pacific internship where I received a concrete picture of human dignity, freedom, solidarity, and culture. I also discovered my passion for promoting the dignity of the person. After graduating from university and working for the Philippine Red Cross, I found myself again applying for a WYA internship, this time at the New York Headquarters. I wanted to contribute my talent and energy to the promotion of human dignity on an international level. During my internship, my main task was to assist with organizing the 11th International Solidarity Forum on ‘The Family: Backbone of Development.’

Working to help organize the ISF pushed me out of my comfort zone and taught me to be more detailed-oriented with my work. I learned to be a leader. Working on the ISF made me fully understand the mission and vision of WYA and all that the organization stands for.

During my stay, I also helped with the Manhattan International Film Festival and the WYA 15th Anniversary Ball. The Manhattan International Film Festival showed me that there is beauty in the culture of youth. It showed me the idealism of young people and why we have to work hard to protect it. The WYA Ball opened my eyes to the community that the World Youth Alliance has established over 15 years and I felt blessed to be with WYA.

After living in New York for 3 months, helping to organize the ISF, and meeting so many likeminded youth, I am truly grateful to you and to this organization for giving me an opportunity to give back. I will bring all that I have learned back home to my country and will continue to promote human dignity as I enter a new chapter of my life, studying law in the Philippines.

Janine Tutanes

WYA gave me one of the best summers I ever had. My first entry into the WYA world was when I joined the WYA Asia Pacific (WYAAP) internship. I distinctly remember the feeling of wanting to fly to WYA every morning. I loved the work that I did. Besides the enlightening Track A training lectures, I was thrilled by the many opportunities where I was able to share my skills with co-interns and with other WYA members and guests. We had a lot of projects that allowed us to practice management, creativity, and hospitality whenever we opened our events to the public.

Mary Imbong

I have now been involved with WYA for almost a year and this has been one of the best experiences of my life, so far. I’m not only referring to the New York internship, but even my time with the AP office. WYA has definitely helped me become more grounded in my beliefs, especially in the ingenuity of the human person. I am now more resolved to dedicate my life to further volunteer activities and to similar work after this internship.

As a graduate of Journalism, I have been taught a lot about the power of words. The beauty of words is its capability to incite action. Through the World Youth Alliance and its grounding in the dignity of the human person, I have found many other young people who believe in the power of words coupled with action. These numerous experiences, both good and bad, have really humbled me and brightened my outlook on life.

Zarina San Jose

Apply now!

So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of this amazing opportunity now. Even if you are not applying for the Batch 1 internship, already take note of the deadline and requirements for the batch that you want to apply for.

Lastly, help spread the word!

We’re always looking for ways to spread the word about this opportunity to more young people. If you know someone who may be interested, please do help us by posting about the program on your social media networks or perhaps your school bulletin board. Click here to download our poster. Be sure to tag us when you tweet or post on Facebook and Instagram.