Summer 2016

AALDEF (Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund)

“The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, legal advocacy, and community education. For more information about AALDEF, please visit our website at”

Internships for the summer of 2016 are available in the following program areas:

· Anti-Trafficking Initiative – Provide direct legal representation to victims and survivors of human trafficking by drafting petitions for immigration relief, conduct legal research and writing, engage in outreach, community education, and advocacy on the rights of exploited and abused workers.
· Community Health Care Initiative – legal research, community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access.
· Economic Justice for Workers – legal research, advocacy and direct representation on behalf of Asian immigrant workers experiencing wage-and-hour, retaliation, and workplace safety violations in the restaurant, nail salon, domestic worker, and other low-wage industries.
· Educational Equity: community education, policy work, research, and litigation concerning educational equity in higher education.
· Housing & Environmental Justice Project: research and policy work on gentrification and other land use issues affecting low-income and Asian immigrant communities.
· Immigrant Access to Justice: litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach with communities affected by post 9/11 immigration and law enforcement policies. An additional emphasis on Asian communities’ access to representation and education about immigration policies and practices that may impact them, including deferred action policies and administrative relief for undocumented youth and other immigrants, unconstitutional DHS stops, and collaboration between state/local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement. **Law students ONLY**
· Voting Rights – legal research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, produce reports and organize public forums, assist in organizing election protection volunteers and legal trainings for the 2016 elections.

Due: February 8


APAICS (Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies)

“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.

All interns are required to participate in APAICS orientation and training programs, complete weekly journals, and submit a program evaluation at the end of the internship. A schedule of internship activities will be provided upon arrival to Washington, D.C.”

Due: January 29


CAPAL (Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership)

• Federal internship and scholarship awards are a $3,000 stipend with an additional travel stipend based on the student’s location.
• Federal internships and scholarships are 8 weeks long and conducted during the summer between June and August.
• CAPAL does not provide or guarantee summer housing, but will try its best to provide support and resources.
• CAPAL internships and scholarships are open to students of all identities. However, an individual’s interest and commitment to Asian Pacific American issues will be considered.
• CAPAL organizes regular social events and team-building activities for its scholars and interns to engage with other students and young professionals in the area.

Early: February 22
Regular: March 7


ILF (International Leadership Foundation)

“The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is a non-profit organization that promotes the civic awareness, public service and economic effectiveness of the Asian-Pacific American (APA) community. Our mission is to develop young leaders in the United States, Asia, and other Pacific-rim countries in the fields of public service, entrepreneurship and the international arena through a network of business and community leaders.”

Due: February 1


WHIAAPI (White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders)

“The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington, D.C., offers part-time and full-time internships during spring and fall semesters and full-time internships during the summer. Part-time applicants who can commit to at least 20 hours a week will be considered during the spring and fall semesters. Interns at the Initiative are responsible for assisting the staff in researching a wide range of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues, including education, health, sustainable neighborhoods, economic development, civil rights, and labor and employment. In addition, interns will help write policy memos and proposals, coordinate events, and conduct outreach to national and local AAPI organizations, elected officials, and ethnic media outlets.”

Due: March 8

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