‘B’ BOLD Internship Program

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What is ‘B’ BOLD?

The Allen Peters Baldwin ‘B’ BOLD Internship Award Program is an initiative created by Clearinghouse CDFI and inspired by the values of the B Corp community to build bridges that empower and develop the next generation.

Clearinghouse CDFI, with the support and generosity of its community partners, offers this summer internship program for college-bound high school juniors and seniors from low- to moderate-income families.

‘B’ BOLD Program Goal

The purpose of the program is to invest in tomorrow’s leaders by Building Bridges through Outreach, Leadership, and Development – ‘B’ BOLD.

Interns will gain exposure to a professional setting, receive real life job skills, and access to positive role models. The Allen Peters Baldwin ‘B’ BOLD Internship Award Program will help empower youths from low-income areas that may not have access to the same resources and opportunities.

Internship Summary

Clearinghouse CDFI offers part-time, paid, summer internship positions (8 weeks long) to high school juniors or seniors from low- to moderate-income families in Orange County. The internship takes place during the summer. Upon completion of the internship program and enrollment in a college, interns will receive a scholarship to pay for college expenses.

This is an excellent opportunity for high school students interested in developing key job skills and exploring career paths in community development. The interns will have the opportunity to work with different departments at Clearinghouse CDFI, depending on availability and interest, including business development, underwriting, finance, marketing, and social impact. Interns will gain insight to Clearinghouse’s business practices, as well as its triple bottom line that serves people, profit, and the planet.


‘B’ BOLD is a paid internship! Interns will receive minimum wage, plus a $2,500 Alan Orechwa ‘B’ BOLD(ER) Memorial Scholarship paid directly to their school account upon successful completion of the program and proof of current college enrollment.

Program Eligibility – Summer 2024

  1. Must be a junior or senior in high school by Fall 2024
  2. Must have at least a 2.5 GPA
  3. Must be from a low- to moderate-income family*

*Low- to moderate- income status depends on the household size as determined by HUD. A student is considered to be from a low-income family if the student’s family annual income is at or lower than the stated levels.

Determine low- or moderate-income status by following these instructions:

  1. Click this link: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il.html#year2023
  2. Select the button “Click Here for FY 2023 IL Documentation”
  3. Select the state in which you live
  4. Select the county in which you live
  5. Select the button “View County Calculations”
  6. A low-income limit chart will populate. To read the chart, first determine how many persons in your family. This column will determine the income limit for your family size. Second, look at the row labeled “low (80%) income limit ($).” The intersection of that column and row will determine the maximum income your family can earn to be considered low-income status. If your family income is less than or equal to the low (80%) income limit in the chart for your family size, then you are considered low-income for the purposes of the ‘B’ BOLD program.

Application Deadline: Applications Now Closed

The deadline to apply was April 30, 2024. Candidates who are selected for interviews will be required to submit a transcript to verify that he/she will be a junior or senior by Fall 2023 and meets the 2.5 GPA requirement. Family income level will be verified. Selected interns must be able to legally work in the U.S. and obtain a work permit from school.

Apply Now

To apply, please email the following to BBold@ccdfi.com:

  1. ‘B’ BOLD & BOLD(ER) Employment Application
  2. Submit resume, including name and contact info., past work experience (if any), education, extracurricular activities, scholarships, awards, volunteer activities, etc.
    Helpful Resume Guide for High School Students: https://www.mass.edu/gearup/documents/WritingaResume.pdf
  3. Submit a 1-2 page, typed personal essay on how your personal experience has shaped you into the person you are today and, as a result of your personal experience, would be a good candidate for the B BOLD Internship Award Program. Clearinghouse CDFI also recommends using the essay portion to explain a low GPA (if applicable).
  4. Submit letter(s) of recommendation (max. 2 letters) from a teacher, counselor, previous employer, or other professional (recommended).

2016-2023 ‘B’ BOLD Internship Program

‘B’ BOLD & BOLD(ER) Program Dedication

Clearinghouse CDFI proudly dedicates the Allen Peters Baldwin ‘B’ BOLD and BOLD(ER) Internship Award Programs to namesake Allen Peters Baldwin for his relentless commitment to helping low-income families through Orange County Community Housing Corporation – SteppingUP. Mr. Baldwin embodies the spirit of the ‘B’ BOLD(ER) programs with his ongoing dedication to serving others.

Scholarship Dedication

It is with great honor and distinction that Clearinghouse CDFI names the Alan Orechwa ‘B’ BOLD(ER) Memorial Scholarship after Alan Orechwa, Clearinghouse CDFI’s former CFO, Chairman of the Board, and friend.


A HUGE thanks to Clearinghouse CDFI’s community partners who help make the ‘B’ BOLD Internship Program possible:

Your commitment to youth development and to our communities is impactful and inspiring! Thank you!

Updates & Inquiries

Please email BBold@ccdfi.com with questions or comments.