Internships & Opportunities

APAICS Summer Internship

The APAICS Summer Internship Program is an eight-week program that provides select undergraduate students the opportunity to work in Washington DC., and experience American politics and public policy. APAICS interns are placed in U.S. congressional offices and federal agencies.  The program develops leadership and professional skills, encourages political and civic engagement, and fosters a strong interest in public service careers.

PERIOD: Eight week summer internship beginning June 13, 2016
LOCATION: Washington, DC
BENEFITS: $2000 Stipend and complimentary round trip flight sponsored by Southwest Airlines

Applications are due: January 29, 2016

Application process is located here.

For more information, please contact Amy Watanabe, APAICS Program Director at Internship@apaics.org or 202-296-9200.

APAICS Congressional Fellowship

The APAICS Fellowship program offers full-time legislative and public policy fellowships in Washington, D.C. The Fellowship provides exceptional graduates and young professionals an opportunity to work on policy issues as staff members of a congressional office. The program aims to build leadership skills, encourage political civic engagement, and foster a strong interest in public service careers.

PERIOD:    Nine months and 1-year fellowships
LOCATION: Washington, DC
BENEFITS: Program stipend and complimentary roundtrip airline ticket sponsored by Southwest Airlines.
AREAS OF FOCUS:
For 2016-2017:

  • General Fellowship 9 months (September – May)
  • Financial Services focus – 1 year (September – September)
  • STEM focus – 1 year (September – September)
    For Masters Degree or post-graduate degree in STEM only

Applications are due: April 29, 2016

Application process is located here.

For additional information, please contact Amy Watanabe, APAICS Program Director at Fellowship@apaics.org or (202) 296-9200.

The Greenling Institute Summer Associates and Fellowships

http://greenlining.org/leadership-academy/

THE SUMMER ASSOCIATES PROGRAM (JUNE 6, 2016-AUGUST 12, 2016) 

The Summer Associate program is an intensive development program and learning community for young leaders. Associates are assigned to a Greenlining policy team and complete a research and capstone project with the direction of a Greenlining staff member. Associates participate in leadership discussions and skills building workshops, and conduct site visits to community, government and corporate entities. Associates receive mentorship and coaching, and are given opportunities to interact with the media, write reports/press releases, testify at key policy hearings, and participate in meetings with top government officials, corporate CEOs, and community leaders.

Submission Deadline: January 28, 2016 12 PM PST 
Compensation: $5,500 total stipend for 10 weeks

THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM (AUGUST 25, 2016-AUGUST 14, 2017) 

The Fellowship program is a year-long development and experiential learning program for young leaders seeking hands-on public policy experience. Fellows are assigned to Greenlining’s Bridges to Health, Economic Equity, or Environmental Equity team to develop expertise under the direction of the program director. Fellows participate in leadership and skills building workshops, attend power lunch series with key stakeholders, and conduct site visits to community, government, and corporate entities. Fellows receive regular professional and personal skill development and are given opportunities to interact with the media, write reports/press releases, blog fundraise, testify at policy meetings, and participate in key meetings with top government officials, corporate leaders, and community leaders.

Submission Deadline: February 4, 2016
Compensation: $37,500-$40,000 per year/Health Benefits Included

Leadership in Action

Leadership in Action (LIA) is an eight-week paid summer internship program designed to develop emerging young leaders by providing college students with practical leadership skills and the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community in Southern California.

Leadership in Action interns are placed in selected community-based organizations in Southern California, where they are expected to work 4 full days per week under an assigned staff supervisor.  Work assignments differ according to each organization’s programs and needs.

Each week, one day will be devoted to leadership development training or issue discussions and group project work.  Nationally recognized trainers will deliver workshops in critical skill areas.  Issue discussions are on local or timely topics of interest and are facilitated by local community leaders/activists and LEAP trainers.

PROGRAM LENGTH AND STIPEND

The eight-week program runs from June 13 through August 5, 2016.  Interns will receive compensation in the amount of $3,200 for successful completion of the program and are responsible for their own housing, transportation, and insurance.

HOW TO APPLY

1. Complete the Leadership in Action application online.

DEADLINE

All application materials must be received by Monday, March 7, 2016.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PROGRAM, VISIT www.leap.org/empower_lia

A Pitzer alum (Chelsey Kitazawa) and a Pomona alum (Yuhe Faye Wang) have both been chosen for this internship before if you want to reach out to some past 5-C students and learn more about the program.

Apiavote Summer Internship Program

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that encourages and promotes civic participation of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the electoral and public policy processes at the national, state and local levels. APIAVote envisions a society in which all AAPIs fully participate in and have access to the democratic process.

The APIAVote Internship Program strives to encourage and cultivate young AAPI student leaders to explore a career in the public sector or the political arena. This internship program will also provide hands on experience and training on how to organize and implement voter activities to increase the participation of AAPIs in the electoral process. For the fall of 2015 and winter of 2016, we are offering unpaid, remote internships.

General Internship:

The internship program is tailored per organizational needs and intern skills. Interns may work on any of the following areas: Communications/Technology (new media and traditional), Graphic Design, Field (working with APIAVote partners to mobilize for elections), Research and Policy (research and advocate for policy recommendations), Training (Norman Y. Mineta Leadership Training Institute), or Youth (engaging and organizing our youth coalitions.)

Send your complete application via e-mail to cchen@apiavote.org

Deadline: rolling applications

http://www.apiavote.org/internships

OAPIA Internship Opportunities

The Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) is seeking motivated individuals interested in public service and the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. OAPIA is an independent agency within the District government that acts as a liaison between the District government and the AAPI community. It organizes and facilitates public and private programs on public safety, human rights, economic development, housing, employment, social services, public health, transportation, education, and multicultural development to ensure accessibility for the District’s AAPI community. It often requires the services of interpreters to facilitate the translation of various documents and ensure that they are being utilized by the AAPI community.

Graphic Design Intern

The intern will work closely with the Communications Specialist at the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs to design strategic communication materials promoting Distric government programs, service, and events. Some of the duties of the intern will include developing internal and external relationships with government agencies and community-based organizations, creating flyers for MOAPIA’s programs and drafting newsletters and press releases.

Experience in graphic design software such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Acrobat is preferred.

Outreach Intern

The intern will work closely with the Outreach Team in serving the AAPI population in the District. Duties include assisting outreach coordinators with different outreach projects and activities, visiting community based organizations, residents, and business owners, providing case assistance to District residents & merchants, occasional simple translations and handling administrative tasks.

Being bilingual in English and either Korean, Vietnamese, Mandarin, or Cantonese is required.

Qualifications

Applicants should be undergraduate or graduate students who possess strong written and oral communication skills as well as organizational abilities. They must be flexible and willing to take initiative. Strong computer and research skills are also desired. The intern should be able to work a minimum of 10 weeks for at least 15 hours per week. Most importantly, applicants must be able to work with diverse populations.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please email a resume, cover letter detailing your suitability for the position, and contact information to:

Christina Truong, Communications Specialist
Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs
441 4th Street, NW, 721 North
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 727-5560
Fax: (202) 727-9655
Email: Christina.truong@dc.gov

OAPIA Volunteering Opportunities

The Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) needs volunteers, particularly bilingual or multi-lingual individuals. Throughout the year, it continuously organizes events focused on the District’s API community. Some of these events include the  AAPI May Heritage Month Celebration, Annual “Share a Smile, Give a Toy”, and AAPI Town Hall Meeting. Volunteers are crucial part to the success of these events.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the Volunteer Registration Form and send to:

Ngoc Trinh, Director of Community Engagment
Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs
441 4th Street, NW, 721 North
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 727-9883
Fax: (202) 727-9655
Email: ngoc.trinh@dc.gov
http://apia.dc.gov/page/oapia-internships-and-volunteering

Internships with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders offers full-time internships year round (spring, summer and fall). Part-time applicants who can commit to at least 20 hours a week will be considered, although the Initiative prioritizes full-time applicants (32-40 hours a week).  The following sites are available: Washington, DC at the Initiative headquarters, Seattle, WA, San Francisco, CA, and Remote (for communications/multimedia intern).

The Initiative is responsible for the implementation of the President’s Executive Order 13515 dated October 14, 2009.  Its purpose is to develop, monitor, and coordinate executive branch efforts to improve the quality of life of AAPIs through increased participation in federal programs.  The Initiative is housed at the Department of Education but its scope is government-wide.

How to Apply:*
If you are interested in applying, please send the following to whitehouseaapi@ed.gov:

  • Dates that you are available for the internship
  • Location preference of your internship (Washington, D.C.; Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; or remote – communications/multimedia intern)
  • Resume
  • A written statement that describes (1) an issue that affects the AAPI community on a national level, (2) a strategy that you would implement at the Initiative to address that issue, and (3) the organizations and/or federal agencies with whom you would collaborate and why. The statement should be no more than one page, single-spaced.

(*If not accepted to this program, your application may be passed onto other federal agencies for consideration.)

Deadlines:

  • November 30 for Spring session (Jan-May)*
  • March 8 for Summer session (May/June-Aug)
  • July 19 for Fall session (Aug-Dec)

(*Spring session applications by students on a quarter system will be considered on a rolling basis.)

All internship positions at the Initiative are unpaid.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/aapi/internships

The Eva Lowe Fellowship for Social Justice

Named after longtime Chinatown community activist Eva Lowe, the Chinese Progressive Association developed the Eva Lowe Fellowship for Social Justice in 2010 to foster the leadership development of a new generation of Asian and Pacific Islander community activists and organizers who are deeply invested in building the power of and improving the lives of the working class Chinese immigrant community.

The Eva Lowe Fellowship for Social Justice provides a unique opportunity to a new generation of activists and organizers who want to build the power of and improve the lives of the working class Chinese immigrant community.

During ten weeks of intensive training, ground work and reflection, Eva Lowe Fellows will learn about and support Chinese immigrant struggles in San Francisco, work to connect the larger API Movement across the country and build lasting relationships with peers, mentors and community members.

Fellowship Details
All placements for the program will be in San Francisco, California between June and August 2014.  Scholarships ranging from $500 – $2000 are available but students are also encouraged to seek additional and alternative funding sources (include campus work-study programs, scholarships and stipends). All other costs will the responsibility of each Fellow.

Program Components
The Eva Lowe Fellowship is a full-time (40+ hour per week) intensive opportunity.  The bulk of an Eva Lowe Fellow’s responsibility will be to engage in community outreach, education and organizing around social justice issues in San Francisco. Each fellow will be expected to also work on 2 to 3 projects over the course of the summer. Learn more about what the program looks like here .

Application Information

Applications are due: 2014 DEADLINE PASSEDFor application information, go here . 

http://www.cpasf.org/evalowe/apply

Further Reading/Additional Resources:

http://internshipsforaapis.tumblr.com

http://www.aast.umd.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/2013-2015-Scholarship-Directory-Web.pdf