‘B’ BOLD(ER) Internship Program –
‘B’ a Part of Something BOLD!

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Application Window:

Applications Now Open

•  What is ‘B’ BOLD(ER)?
•  Internship Objective
•  Internship Summary
•  Compensation
•  Locations
•  Application Deadline
•  Meet the Cohorts
•  Program Dedication

What is ‘B’ BOLD(ER)?

‘B’ BOLD(ER) is Clearinghouse CDFI’s part-time, paid internship program for low- to moderate-income college students seeking to become the next generation of community development leaders.

‘B’ BOLD(ER), which stands for Building Bridges through Outreach, Leadership, Development, Engagement, and Recruitment, expands Clearinghouse CDFI’s internship offerings, reflecting our values as a Certified B Corporation. With the support of our community partners, Clearinghouse CDFI provides this internship opportunity for qualifying students from low- to moderate-income households in select communities.

Internship Objective

Clearinghouse CDFI’s ‘B’ BOLD(ER) Internship program cultivates future community development leaders.

Internship Summary

This internship provides comprehensive learning and development opportunities for students from low- or moderate-income backgrounds including volunteer opportunities, projects, on-site experiences with our partners, and virtual workshops presented by subject-matter experts. Topics include:

  • Career Exploration / Preparedness
  • Financial Wellness
  • Community Development
  • Office Skills

For your on-site experience, you will be paired with a Clearinghouse CDFI partner (bank or community organization) where you will be exposed to a variety of responsibilities of a financial institution or a nonprofit affordable housing agency. Tasks may include:

  • Research
  • Outreach
  • Marketing
  • Affordable Homeownership Work
  • Networking
  • Loan Servicing
  • Community Reinvestment Act Documentation

While there is no entitlement to a job at the conclusion of the internship, there is potential for permanent employment. In addition, you will interact with dozens of professionals to expand your network! This internship may be eligible for academic credit depending on your academic program’s internship criteria. Contact your school to learn more.


‘B’ BOLD(ER) 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.


‘B’ BOLD(ER) is currently available for the following locations:

  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • Irvine, CA
  • Lake Forest, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • San Pedro, CA
  • Santa Ana, CA
  • Dallas, TX

Application Deadline: Applications Now Closed

The deadline to apply was April 30, 2024. Candidates selected for interviews will be required to meet the following requirements and submit all application materials detailed below. Family income level will be verified. Selected interns must be able to legally work in the United States.

How to Submit Your Application

During the Open Application period only, email the following to BBOLD@ccdfi.com:

  • Complete Clearinghouse CDFI Employment Application
  • Letter of Reference from College Counselor, Professor, or Current/Former Employer
  • Personal Statement: 1-2 page, typed personal statement on how your personal experience has shaped you into the person you are today and how that would make you a good candidate for this program. Recommended: use the essay portion to explain a low GPA if applicable.
  • Proof of Enrollment in Qualified Community College, College, or University
  • Proof of 2.5 GPA Minimum
  • Resume
  • Proof of Low/Moderate-Income Status (or qualify for a Federal Pell Grant):
    • Low/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.* Applicant may also be considered as qualified if the majority of students at the applicant’s college institution receive a Federal Pell Grant. Documented proof is required.
    • Determine Income Status:
      • Click this link: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il.html#year2023
      • Select the button “Click Here for FY 2023 IL Documentation”
      • Select the state in which you live
      • Select the county in which you live
      • Select the button “View County Calculations”
      • 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(ER) program.

Meet the BOLD(ER) Cohorts

‘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.

Updates & Inquiries

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

Quick Links

•  What is ‘B’ BOLD(ER)?
•  Internship Objective
•  Internship Summary
•  Compensation
•  Locations
•  Application Deadline
•  How to Submit Your Application
•  Meet the Cohorts
•  Program Dedication