Internships for AAPIs

Where you can find internship, job, and other opportunities, some but not all are specific to AAPI students!

Advocacy Communications Fellowship with Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) has an opening for a full-time, advocacy communications fellow. The fellowship requires a three-month commitment beginning in October and the fellow will receive a stipend of $5000 for his/her work. 

Title:  Advocacy Communications Fellowship
Term:  Immediately 
Status:  Fellowship, three-month commitment beginning in October 2014. 
Position Summary:  Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) has an opening for a full-time, advocacy communications fellow. The fellowship requires a three-month commitment beginning in October and the fellow will receive a stipend of $5000 for his/her work. 

This is a great opportunity for a recent graduate looking to gain experience working for a civil rights organization. The communications fellow will work closely with the director of strategic communications to help develop content and create effective and impactful communications strategies that shape the public debate and bring about change on key civil rights policy issues
  • Developing key talking points and one-pagers on policy issues 
  • Conducting research on civil rights issues such as voting rights, immigration, racial justice and privacy 
  • Developing content for Advancing Justice | AAJC’s website 
  • Assisting in developing and implementing press strategies including writing press releases, op-eds, editorial board memos, letters to the editor, etc.
  • Writing content for social media platforms 
  • Creating shareable graphics for social media 
  • Assisting in the development of digital media campaigns 
  • Compiling media lists and media clips 
  • Assisting in writing email action alerts
  • Performing administrative duties as assigned 

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism and/or communications or public relations
  • Superior writing skills with experience writing quickly and accurately on deadline
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct thoughtful research and meet deadlines 
  • Experience working as an intern or reporter for a newspaper, magazine or a nonprofit organization. 
  • Experience working on digital campaigns and using social media effectively for an organization or business. 
  • Knowledge of AP style
  • Commitment to progressive civil rights causes
  • Experience using Drupal a plus, not required
  • Experience in graphic design a plus, not required
$5000 Stipend
Application Procedure: 

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, resume and three published writing samples under 500 words each to:
Application Deadline Extended: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
*Please note, resumes received without cover letters and writing samples will NOT be considered.  
Advancing Justice | AAJC is an equal opportunity employer.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) works to advance the human and civil rights for Asian Americans, and build and promote a fair and equitable society for all. Advancing Justice | AAJC is one of the nation’s leading experts on issues of importance to the Asian American community including: affirmative action, broadband and telecommunications policy, census, immigration and immigrants’ rights, media diversity and voting rights. Since our founding – along with our Advancing Justice affiliates in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago – we have enacted a sweeping range of programs on critical national issues that enrich, enhance and serve our communities all across the country.


AAPI White House Ambassador Internship Program

Apply by August 27 to WHIAAPI’s E3! Ambassadors Program for Young Leaders

The E3! Ambassadors Program is a new challenge that the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) is posing to young leaders. E3! stands for “Educate, Engage, and Empower.” The Initiative is seeking bright and creative young leaders to brainstorm innovative solutions to serve the AAPI community in four priority areas: education, mental health, pathways to public service, and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Applicants are encouraged to submit ideas and action plans to advocate for the AAPI community locally and regionally, anything from hosting a career fair to flyering during campus/community events.

Up to 150 applicants will be selected as E3! Ambassadors, who will serve for one academic year between September 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015. E3! Ambassadors will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with Administration leaders, including Initiative staff and members of the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs and Regional Interagency Working Group.


The deadline to apply has been extended to Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Check out the Initiative’s website or the posting for more information.

USC Diversity in Health Care Leadership Initiative Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)

for college students (sophomores, juniors and seniors)
USC Price School proudly offers the USC Diversity in Health Care Leadership Initiative Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) in both Sacramento and Los Angeles. The purpose of SEP is to provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the major issues, skills, responsibilities and careers in health care management.  
The four-day program offers site visits and career building workshops.
Site Visits to Organizations:Career Building Workshops:* Hospitals
* Associations
* Foundations
* Community Clinics
* State Health Organizations
* Managed Care Organizations
* Business Etiquette
* Informational Interviews
* Professional Networking
* Resume Development
* Career Options
For more information

USC SEP Program Director
LaVonna Blair Lewis, Ph.D, MPH
Teaching Professor
Sacramento Program Support
Ana Estrada, MPA
Kiely Group: SEP Consultant

Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (CHSSC) Internships

Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (CHSSC) Internships

Become a volunteer intern at the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (CHSSC) in Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles.

It is an exciting time for the CHSSC, as we are revamping our Archive Center, library holdings, and digital initiatives.                                                                 All these internships are placed in areas of the Society which need the most assistance. Additionally, these internships are part of new projects.                If you join us, you will be getting your hands dirty and trailblazing a new path for our institution.


The purposes of the Society are:

- to bring together people with a mutual interest in the important history and historical role of Chinese and Chinese Americans in southern California;

to pursue, preserve and communicate knowledge of this history; and

- to promote the heritage of the Chinese and Chinese American community in support of a better appreciation of the rich, multicultural society of the United States.


We have 6 positions which we would like to fill for Summer 2014 (start date is flexible).


Positions and responsibilities include:


Digital Initiatives Interns (2 positions)

   * Assist in researching and developing plan to create e-book versions of the Society’s publications          

   * Create original online content for the organization’s website           

   * Digitizing archival and library material as part of website’s content


Library Interns (2 positions)       

   • Help develop in-house library catalog system      

   • Catalog books, serials, and multimedia items


Archival Interns (2 positions)       

 • Process 10-15 linear feet of material, or the equivalent of a small to mid-sized collection     • Processing will include surveying, appraisal, arrangement (physical organization) and description (intellectual organization/cataloging), and basic preservation        

•  Catalog material through ArchivesSpace (tentative)     •  Preservation and house-keeping duties in the archive     •  Handle historical documents, artifacts, and other items



Ability to lift 30-50 lbs.

Commitment to intern for at least 3 months at 12-19 hours/week

Must be fine with independent work and occasional supervision      Undergraduate/graduate student      Interest in Chinese/Asian American Studies


If interested, please e-mail your resume to Annie Tang at before or by May 16thFor more information on our organization, visit us at:

JACCC Awarded Getty Foundation Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship Grant

WHAT:  JACCC Awarded Getty Foundation Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship Grant

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship Grant from the Getty Foundation.  The purpose of the grant is to increase the diversity in professions related to museums and visual arts.  The internships are intended specifically for outstanding students who are members of groups currently underrepresented in these professions, including individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander descent.

The Visual Arts Intern will work directly with the Visual Arts department, experiencing first-hand the work, organization and installation that goes into setting up this summer’s programs, including the 74th Annual Nisei Week exhibitions in August.

To be eligible for the Visual Arts Internship candidates must be a currently enrolled undergraduate, having completed at least one semester of college by June 2014 or will graduate by of before September 2014.  Candidates must be a resident of or attend college in Los Angeles County.  Intern candidates may come from any area of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts.

The intern will receive a gross salary of $3,500 for a ten-week period at the JACCC. Internships are a full-time position running from Monday, June 16 through Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Those interested in applying for the position may submit the following no later than noon on Friday, May 2, 2014:

  • Resumé/CV

  • statement (no more than 500 words, double-spaced, typed)
  • First, middle & last name (if not on your CV)

  • Email, phone & address (if not on your CV)

  • College or university you are currently attending

  • Major/area(s) of study
  • Anticipated graduation date

  • 2 Letters of reference or contact info (email, phone) for 2 references: either a teacher, professor, or a former employer
  • Please note the dates of the JACCC’s 10 week program, as well as the requirements in the Getty link below, before submitting to make sure you are both eligible and available to participate in the program.

Preliminary candidates will be contacted to do an in person interview for the week of Monday, May 5, 2014. All applicants will be contacted by the week of May 12 with the final decisions.

Please note the following “Save The Dates” required intern events by the Getty Foundation:

  • Arts Summit (mandatory)
The Getty Center, Los Angeles: Monday, June 30, 2014 (all day, exact times TBA)

A day-long orientation for all interns participating in the Summer 2014 Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program. Interns will be introduced to the program, meet with their Learning Community Hub Leaders, and attend panels highlighting career opportunities in the arts.
  • Learning Communities (two mandatory events)
Regional Hub Events Dates, Times, and Locations are TBD. These activities are meant to enhance the internship experience and expose interns to other organizations, arts professionals, and career opportunities in their area. Dates and times of hub meetings will vary, though interns must notify supervisors of scheduled activities in advance. Supervisors must allow interns to attend the two required events in their Learning Community.   


General information about the program and requirements:

WHERE:             Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

244 South San Pedro Street, in the Little Tokyo area of downtown Los Angeles.

INFO:             For more information please contact Wakana Kimura at (213) 628-2725 ext. 146.



Diamond Wipes Scholarship Program

Internship Opportunities with the Office ofAssemblymember Cristina Garcia

Internship Opportunities with the Office of Assemblymember Cristina Garcia


Get Hands-On Experience. Make a Difference!


The Internship Program Offers:


- Exposure to state politics and careers in public service

- Challenging and stimulating work environment

- Community outreach and networking opportunities

- Flexible hours to accommodate school and work


Assemblymember Cristina Garcia represents California’s 58th Assembly

District, which encompasses the cities of:  Artesia, Cerritos, Norwalk, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Downey, Pico Rivera and Montebello.




Interns perform a variety of important tasks in the District Office

that include: working with constituents, conducting community outreach

efforts, assisting community-based organizations, organizing events,

database development and upkeep, and staffing the office.




- College student with minimum of GPA 2.5 or above

- Interest in public service and making a difference in the community.

- Ability to follow instructions & complete tasks efficiently and



How To Apply:


Please submit an internship application and resume:


Assemblymember Cristina Garcia

8255 Firestone Blvd, Ste. 203

                Downey, CA 90241


*Or by fax 562-861-5158


*Or by e-mail to


*Or call 562-861-5803 Patrick Sunpanich


Deadline January 31, 2014


*Will work with quarter/semester calendars or other school calendars.


Bonus Information:

Flexible hours.

This internship is unpaid.

Will work with students to receive school credit.


OCA Accepting Applications for 2014 Summer Internship Program

OCA Accepting Applications for 2014 Summer Internship Program


January 8, 2014


Mary Dynne Montante | Associate Director of Programs and Constituent Development
202.223.5500 |

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership - driven organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), announces the 25th Year Anniversary and open application of the 2014 Summer Internship program.

OCA invites student advocates from all across the nation to apply for the opportunity to be involved in the political process through a national organization. The Internship has successfully led former participants to become more active on their college campus and significantly increased the level of APA civic engagement in local, state, and national public policy issues. A number of OCA alums have pursued careers in public service, advocacy, and as appointed officials as well as non-public sector positions.     

"The program is an excellent opportunity for students to be in the dynamic atmosphere of Washington, DC and to continue to discover their self-identities and how to use those identities effectively for our APA community and our country,” said Stan Lou, Vice President on Culture and Education.

Candidates are selected from both two- year and four-year institutions. Typically, the participants are rising juniors, seniors, or recent graduates. The interns are placed in a full-time position in a variety of organizations in the Washington, D.C. area and provided a living stipend. The program exposes participants to public policy and advocacy efforts while gaining invaluable work experience. Placements of the interns are based on individual background, interest, and skill level.  Interns are assigned to federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, congressional offices, and public affairs unit of corporations. Moreover, summer interns are also integrated in many OCA programs and activities which include the OCA National Convention in Los Angeles, California.     

"OCA’s internship program provides an excellent opportunity for student advocates and leaders among the APA community. The program welcomes interns with open arms and focuses on individual development and success,” said Tiffany F. Tse, 2013 intern alum. 

For more information on the OCA Summer Internship as well as the application, visit OCA’s website at and click ‘Internship’ tab under ‘Programs Section. Click here to directly access the on-line application. Applications and support materials must be submitted by Monday March 3, 2014; 11:00PM PST.