built upon a foundation of 

VOLUNTEERS

We are dedicated to providing opportunities for growth and development to students and young professionals of all ages.

OPPORTUNITY

By joining our volunteer staff, you’ll be able to develop real-world skill sets which will help propel you in your career. Below are some skills which we leverage in all our programs.

Event Planning

Be a small retreat or a large-scale festival, we plan a multitude of private and public events each year.

Finance

We maintain the books of over $500k in revenue and budget for projects as large as $300k in expenses.

Culture

We incorporate Vietnamese culture in all our programs in order to educate our members and the community.

Project Management

We incorporate management training to ensure you’re prepared to plan and execute projects on-time.

Technology

We leverage technology from collaboration software to Community Relations Management software.

Photography

We have a media team that hones their photography, cinematography, and production skills. 

join our team

Our volunteers come from all across Southern California.

Year-Round Staff

Project Staff

Day-of volunteers

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Our corporate motto is “Developing the Next Generation of Leaders.” That means you.

GENERAL STAFF

The General Staff work with the Executive Board in administration and event planning and coordination. Most positions require an annual commitment we only ask that you be able to volunteer at least 2 hours per week. For event coordinators, we ask that you be able to commit additional hours leading up to and throughout the event.

ALUMNI RELATIONS

Oversees the building and maintaining relationships with alumni through social events, newsletters, and support campaigns using donor relationship management software

CAMP STAFF

Assists the Camp Chair in planning and executing UVSA’s two annual leadership camps: one for youth ages 15 through 18, and a second for collegiate VSA leaders. Scroll down for more information

COMMUNICATIONS

Sets the tone for all external messaging while ensuring the organization’s values are always upheld. Oversees relationships with media outlets, manages social media platforms, and reviews all outgoing messaging

DEVELOPMENT

Assists officers in the leadership development of the general staff by coordinating professional workshops, retreats, training sessions, and other opportunities from other organizations or events

PUBLIC RELATIONS / CORR

Assists the External VP in maintaining relationships within the community, including representing UVSA at other community organization functions. Also serves as the SoCal Representative within UNAVSA

HIGH SCHOOL OUTREACH

Maintains and develops relationships with high school campus clubs in order to provide opportunities to participate in UVSA projects (summer camp) or daily volunteer opportunities (Tet Festival)

HUMAN RESOURCES

Assists the Secretary and Internal VP in screening, recruiting, and training department volunteer staff. Reviews and updates existing training protocols to meet industry standards

INTERNAL RELATIONS

Assists the Internal VP in managing event administration of Inter-Collegiate Council events. Ensures that ICC meetings and minutes are properly recorded and provides training to ICC in UVSA procedures

IT / WEB

Systems administrator for backend platforms, such as Google Workspace for Nonprofits, Workplace by Meta, Webhosting by DigitalOcean, Customer Relationship Management by Salesforce, and more  

MEDIA

Coordinates photographers and videographers to cover UVSA events. May provide coverage to local VSA events. Produces creatives for publishing on the website and social media

PROJECT U DANCE

Choreographs dances for the community. Performs traditional and modern dances to at community events, including exhibition performances at other VSA events and Tet Festival

TET FESTIVAL CHAIR

Lead event coordinator the annual Tet Festival event, overseeing all aspects of planning and execution. Recruits committee directors to oversee event programming and logistics.  

GENERAL STAFF - Please select a team that interests you

All available team openings are listed below. Note that some teams may have specific team member as well as lead positions available.

[OPEN] GENERAL STAFF - Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Assists the External Vice President in representing the organization in the Vietnamese Community
  • Attend most community meetings and events
  • Communicates/builds relationships between UVSA and the general Vietnamese Community.
  • Acts as the liaison between UVSA and community organizations
  • Be able to learn and create Press Releases
  • Create and maintain a contact list of community organizations

Qualifications & Expectations

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a method of transportation to and from meetings
  • Must have been active in UVSA or a VSA for at least 1 year

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[OPEN] GENERAL STAFF - Fundraising Coordinator
  • Assist Treasurer in coordinating fundraising events and opportunities for UVSA and its projects
  • Assist the Finance Committee for Tet Festival

Qualifications & Expectations

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a method of transportation to and from meetings
  • Must have been active in UVSA or a VSA for at least 1 year

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[OPEN] GENERAL STAFF - Graphics Team Member
  • Assist the Communications Coordinator with graphic design-related tasks including, but not limited to creating graphics for social media platforms

Qualifications & Expectations

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a method of transportation to and from meetings
  • Must have been active in UVSA or a VSA for at least 1 year

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[OPEN] GENERAL STAFF - Media Team Member
  • Assist the Media Director in media-related tasks as mentioned in Media Coordinator
  • Assist in getting media coverage for UVSA events
  • Assists the Media Coordinator with media archives (photography, videos, etc.)
  • Create media material as necessary for specific events/activities
  • Should be able to operate a camera and do some editing

Qualifications & Expectations

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a method of transportation to and from meetings
  • Must have been active in UVSA or a VSA for at least 1 year

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PROJECT LEAD: CAMP EVENT COORDINATOR

UVSA is seeking volunteers for two summer leadership camps: the first event for high school students and the second event for college students. All available team openings are listed below

[OPEN] CAMP - Vice Chair

The Project LEAD Camp Staff’s mission is to bring together Vietnamese American youth including students from different colleges and high schools throughout Southern California to build unity, to serve our community, and to advocate for social justice issues that affect our community domestically and in Vietnam.  We represent the diverse and dynamic Vietnamese youth population by encouraging interaction, participation, and activism in the community.  We promote awareness of Vietnamese culture, language, and history.  Through leadership and service, we strive to advance the Vietnamese community in areas of social, educational, cultural, and civic participation.

  • Provides an opportunity for students to network and establish skills that reinforce collaboration, build leadership, and develop identity
  • Oversees the camp staff to ensure the success of the event
  • Strive to instill an appreciation for the Vietnamese American identity, cultural heritage, and sense of belonging
  • Support the Camp Chair(s) in all responsibilities listed above
  • Be a part of the Administrative & Project Management Team
  • This role is primarily meant for those interested in possibly becoming Camp Chair in the future as the responsibilities are meant to familiarize these individuals with the role and responsibilities of being Camp Chair

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    [OPEN] CAMP - Family Director

     Family committee is responsible for organizing a family system that will allow attendees to engage with one another and build relationships throughout the weekend. The family experience is a piece of Camp that sets the tone and mood for the weekend and can make an impact on an attendee’s experience during the three-day weekend. This committee will be in charge of creating families and training family heads. The committee will also coordinate various activities throughout the camp weekend. Their goal is to make the attendee experience one to never forget with their programming for the weekend!

      • Create vision for the family experience that’s unique to camp
      • Train and pair family heads/leaders
      • Organize and facilitate a family head retreat
      • Work with Registration to create dynamic families
      • Formulate family theme and structure
      • Facilitate icebreakers/group activities
      • Organize and facilitate camp bonfire and UVSA By Night
      • Lead camp jingles/songs
      • Create fun activities to promote an active atmosphere, inclusivity, and safety.
      • Conduct judging/scoring system and distribute prizes/awards
      • Assist in incorporating the team’s vision into all aspects of camp

      Qualifications & Expectations

      • High school diploma or equivalent
      • Be at least 18 years old
      • Have a method of transportation to and from meetings
      • Have attended a prior Project Lead Camp or relevalant expericence
      • Be available and present on-site for both High School and UVSA Camp – Dates TBD

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        [OPEN] CAMP - Hospitality Director

        The Hospitality Committee is in charge of improving the working and living conditions of staff & campers during the three-day weekend. The individuals in this committee will be your lifesavers, literally! They will be in charge of safety protocols and will oversee the general needs and well-being of camp attendees. They are responsible for acquiring the food for camp breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including snacks & drinks for staff and campers. They will be coordinating wake-up calls, night sweeps, and assisting Logistics with noise control.

          • Create meal plans that accommodates to a variety of diverse needs
          • Come up with plans to adapt to the various weather changes
          • With the logistic members of PROLOG, prepare emergency and safety protocols for team members and attendees 
          • Educate team members and attendees on these protocols
          • Shall ensure that the entire team has completed a minimum 1.5 hour CA food handlers training and have a valid CA Food Handler Card accredited by ANSI

            Qualifications & Expectations

            • High school diploma or equivalent
            • Be at least 18 years old
            • Have a method of transportation to and from meetings
            • Have attended a prior Project Lead Camp or relevalant expericence
            • Be available and present on-site for both High School and UVSA Camp – Dates TBD

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              [OPEN] CAMP - Marketing & Media Director

              The Marketing & Media committee oversees all public relations (PR), marketing, and media creation leading up to and during camp. This includes advertising and communicating all relevant information to the Vietnamese and other communities, as well as overseeing photography and videography for the three-day weekend. They are responsible for creating a “buzz” to build up excitement for the camp through various modes of communication and recording the camp experience, so you can take it home and show your family and friends what a great time you had! These individuals are pretty much single-handedly responsible for how people hear about camp!

                  • Develop and execute marketing campaigns to target camp audiences
                  • Prepare press releases for all major announcements
                  • Delegate event planning tasks to team members where necessary
                  • Attentive to the value of staying under budget while planning event specifications
                  • Oversee photography & videography during the 3 days of the camp
                  • Recruits official camp photographers & cinematographers
                  • Communicates with all other committees for media request or coverage
                  • Collects and and manage of all presentations and media files throughout all weekend
                  • Design and print camp staff badges

                  Qualifications & Expectations

                  • High school diploma or equivalent
                  • Be at least 18 years old
                  • Have a method of transportation to and from meetings
                  • Have attended a prior Project Lead Camp or relevalant expericence
                  • Be available and present on-site for both High School and UVSA Camp – Dates TBD

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                    [OPEN] CAMP - Programming & Logistics Director

                    The Programming & Logistics committee determines the programming of the entire camp, allocating the necessary time for all events and activities, and ensuring that the content is in harmony with the camp theme and mission. The committee will also oversee the setup of the entire camp, making sure the location is adequately prepared for all the camping activities and events. They also ensure the safety of the campers and help enforce the rules and regulations.

                        • General Logistics
                          • Coordinate setup and disassembly of all meeting spaces
                          • What we need to do when we get to the campsite, what we need to set up, what we need to get ready, which equipment will go where, etc. 
                        • Create the Camp Master Playbook
                        • Work with Camp Chairs and Family Programing to create a Camp Program that incorporates the theme and vision
                        • Oversee the planning of:
                          • Friday Night Activity
                          • Tro Choi Lon (with FPC)
                          • Saturday Night Activities
                        • Invite keynote/workshop speakers
                        • Conduct camp and workshop evaluations
                        • Oversee camp inventory
                        • Works with Hospitality to create a Security & Emergency Response:
                          • Update the emergency response plan and evacuation plans for camp
                          • Update the escalation guide for camp
                          • Cross-reference the current campsite emergency response information and disseminate to staff

                        Qualifications & Expectations

                        • High school diploma or equivalent
                        • Be at least 18 years old
                        • Have a method of transportation to and from meetings
                        • Have attended a prior Project Lead Camp or relevalant expericence
                        • Be available and present on-site for both High School and UVSA Camp – Dates TBD

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                          [OPEN] CAMP - Registration Director

                          The Registration committee is in charge of the camp registration process, making sure things are organized and that all campers have the necessary materials. The Registration Committee is responsible for ensuring a simple and easy-to-understand process by which attendees register for the conference, sign-up for workshops, pay. The committee also manages attendee check-in at Camp. This committee will work together with The Marketing & Media Committee to design the camp badge. They will also work with the Programming & Logistics Committee to coordinate the registration and check-in of attendees for all the sessions. Registration committee members have the option of opting out of attending camp per the approval of the Camp Chair(s) and Committee Director(s).

                              • Create scholarships to provide accessibility to attendees
                              • Create accurate and efficient documents for team use
                              • Set up registration form for attendees
                              • Create accurate and efficient documents for team use
                              • Create and update the event registration form
                              • Ensures that liability and medical waivers are included in the registration form and that such forms are available on-site in case of emergencies
                              • Works with the IT team to ensure that all forms, including collection of payments, are fully tested on the UVSA website
                              • Works with the finance team to reconcile registration income, implement discount codes, and issue refunds
                              • Oversees on-site check-in

                              Qualifications & Expectations

                              • High school diploma or equivalent
                              • Be at least 18 years old
                              • Have a method of transportation to and from meetings
                              • Have attended a prior Project Lead Camp or relevalant expericence
                              • Be available and present on-site for both High School and UVSA Camp – Dates TBD

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                                [OPEN] CAMP - Sponsorship Director

                                The Sponsorship committee is responsible for generating business sponsors to ensure additional funding and involvement for the camp, making sure they are accommodated and to maintain a mutually beneficial business partnership. By doing so, they increase the visibility of the camp within the community/local businesses and oversee all fundraising efforts. Sponsorship funds will also be used to make available scholarships for campers to apply. ALL staff members will be encouraged to help drive revenue through achieving personal sponsorship goals and helping the sponsorship committee. Sponsorship committee members have the option of opting out of attending camp per the approval of the Camp Chair(s) and Committee Director(s).

                                    • Collaborate with the UVSA Treasurer and Finance Coordinator to set up strategies to reach out to potential Sponsors
                                    • Prepare sponsorship packet to distribute to potential sponsors 
                                    • Develop and implement sponsorship sales plan for increasing revenues in a cost-effective manner
                                    • Develop and implement sponsorship budget to achieve sales plans
                                    • Create or update sponsorship proposals
                                    • Manage all sponsorship activities, including sponsor prospecting, proposal customization and presentation, contract revision and servicing, sponsor follow-up and support, and representing UVSA at industry functions
                                    • Delegate event planning tasks to team members where necessary
                                    • Anticipating and planning for possible different scenarios
                                    • Oversee fundraising activities

                                    Qualifications & Expectations

                                    • High school diploma or equivalent
                                    • Be at least 18 years old
                                    • Have a method of transportation to and from meetings
                                    • Have attended a prior Project Lead Camp or relevalant expericence
                                    • Be available and present on-site for both High School and UVSA Camp – Dates TBD

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                                      From Our alumni

                                      Being involved with UVSA opened doors to many opportunities including networking, project management, and leadership development, and I have also been influenced to pursue a dual MD/MBA degree as a result.

                                      Arlene Ho

                                      Student, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker, M.D. School of Medicine

                                      UVSA created a safe space for me to explore my passions

                                      Kelly Dinh

                                      Event Specialist, The Walt Disney Company

                                      UVSA is awesome, 10/10 would recommend.”

                                      Dennis Nguyen

                                      Resident Physician, UC Irvine Medical Center