In order to focus on our sustainability as an organization, we’ve decided to pause our flagship fellowship for a year (read more about our decision here). But don’t worry — we’re still bringing people back to the Philippines.

Kaya Co’s LA Hub is excited to announce the Kaya Co Enterprise Pipeline (KCEP), a professional development program poised to connect Los Angeles-based students to business and technology oriented roles in Manila’s top corporations.

We’re looking for students based at a four-year university in Los Angeles who have a demonstrated interest in the nexus of business and technology, and who can commit to an 11-month program. Ideal candidates would be current juniors or seniors who also involved in Filipino and/or Filipino-American communities, initiatives, and issues.


For 11 months, students (we’ll call them collaborators) will receive transnational mentorship in LA and Manila, guiding their transition from local students to international professionals.

From February to May, collaborators will convene in LA for two monthly meetings or “centerings,” where they’ll have the opportunity to engage in conversations about migration, identity, contemporary issues in the Philippines, and the professional landscape in Manila, among other topics that Kaya Co continually and critically addresses in its programming. There will also be regular meetings between each collaborator and their Los Angeles mentor, their Manila mentor, and their Manila supervisor.


In June, collaborators will fly to and be housed in Manila to work with top corporations like Philippine Airlines, BDO, and Jollibee. Possible collaboration tracks include software research and development, financial technology, and digital narratives. They’ll have stipends during their time in Manila, too. By August, our collaborators’ work in their respective placements could result in full-time, post-graduation employment offers.

Come September, collaborators will fly back to LA and resume their bi-monthly centerings — this time, around takeaways and next steps in maintaining the bridge back to the motherland and starting a career in the Philippines.

KCEP will culminate in December with a Kaya Conference to celebrate the collaborators’ progress, feature potential business pitches and publishing, and welcome them into a new wave of diaspora Filipinos with the resolve and experience to go big and go home.


Applications will be out soon. Are you ready to go big, go home… and go pro?