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Many previous interns were places at non-profit organizations. These non-profits ranged from organizations focused on education to labor rights. At each of these organizations, you work on different projects and programs that they focus on within the realm of the APA community. Here is some information on previous placements:


APIA Vote interns can expect to work in any of these areas:

  • Communications and technology (new media or traditional)
  • Field (working with organization partners to mobilize field campaigns)
  • Policy (research and advocate for policy recommendations)
  • Training (Norman Y. Mineta Leadership Training Institute)
  • Youth (engaging and organizing youth coalitions)

Past interns have engaged in:

  • Carrying out logistical tasks
  • Learning about local community organizing efforts for voter mobilization
  • Co-creating a wiki site online for partners to communicate
  • Assisting with a video presentation
  • Writing and compiling articles on Census 2010, newly elected officials, voter registration systems and 2008 election survey results for APIA Vote’s newsletter.
  • Briefing APIAVote staff on voter registration modernization bills and Voting Rights Act
  • Conducted research on strategies to keep young professionals civically engaged post graduation for an APIA graduates toolkit

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)

Past APIASF interns have gained experience by:

  • Updating the organization’s Facebook daily with resources regarding scholarship information, internships notices, job openings and volunteer opportunities
  • Creating a survey to gather information on students
  • Learning how to use various online tools
  • Assisting the Program Coordinator for Outreach on an outreach webinar presentation
  • Reviewing monthly newsletters from the organization
  • Brainstorming creative ideas for Facebook page

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)

APALA interns can expect to:

  • Draft press releases
  • Monitor coverage of APA worker issues
  • Update the organization’s website
  • Research APA worker history and voter behavior
  • Develop election materials
  • Assist in developing legislative materials summarizing the impact on APA workers
  • Create fact sheets
  • Take on leadership roles to coordinate events or workshops

Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum

APIAHF interns can expect to:

  • Work on projects dealing with health and healthcare needs and challenges of APIAs
  • Review data and literature
  • Raise visibility of health and healthcare issues of listed communities with researchers, funders and policymakers at national, state and local levels.
  • Develop data sheets, bibliographies and fact sheets
  • Attend meetings and summarize points

NAACP Washington Bureau

Past interns with the NAACP in Washington, D.C. have gained experience by:

  • Acting as a legislative assistant to the executive director
  • Researching federal sentencing disparities between crack and power cocaine
  • Monitoring bills relating to project issues in the House of Representatives
  • Attending hearings and Congressional Black Caucus meetings regarding civil rights
  • Giving presentations on research
  • Assisting researchers by collecting information on local ethnic media sources
  • Archiving NAACP in the news
  • Attending the NAACP national centennial convention

National Coalition for APA Community Development (CAPACD)

CAPACD interns can expect to:

  • Meet community and congressional leaders
  • Engage in substantive research and writing
  • Attend organization-related events
  • Participate in AAPI social justice networks
  • Learn about AAPIs in non-profits and community development
  • Work in one or more areas: policy and research, training and technical assistance, leadership development, community convenings and membership and communications
  • Past interns have: attended staff meetings; organized evaluation forms; learned how to mail merge and use online survey tools; maintained a contact database; summarized important literature; drafted e-mails

National Education Association (NEA)

NEA interns previously have had experience:

  • Working on projects related to education policy and educational access
  • Developing data sheets and fact sheets
  • Creating resources for NEA Web site (accessible to teachers for outreach)
  • Job shadowing
  • Personally pursuing projects in line with the organization’s mission

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

The internship program at SEARAC will enable interns to gain hands-on experience in:

  • Policy research and legislative advocacy in the areas of education, immigration, health, and economic development
  • Analytical writing
  • Working in collaboration with other groups and organizations
  • Database and organizational management

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