ASIANS NOW! IS LOOKING FOR INTERNS!

Internship Applications Open - June 1, 2017

AAI is happy to announce that we are accepting applications for unpaid internships and OPTs to begin in June 2017.

Here's a great opportunity for those interested in undergraduate and graduate internships in Washington, DC and the San Francisco Bay Area at a new and fast-growing non-profit think-tank Asian American organization.

Our general internship program will expose interns to the breadth of think tank operations, from research assistance to event planning and administrative tasks. Internship duties will vary by term and by individual, as interns bring their unique skills, interests, and expertise to the organization and as Asians NOW!'s programming needs change throughout the year.

Job Summary:

Asians NOW! is seeking interns to assist with current research projects and reports, production of the Facebook group pages for Asians NOW! and associated social media projects, and organizing our video productions. Interns will also assist with planning and launching our flagship gala. As a small, startup organization, we are looking for energetic, flexible, highly motivated interns who are excited about our mission and work well as a part of a small team. Familiarity with regional issues, editorial and/or writing experience, social media proficiency, interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic are essential.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assisting in event planning and staffing
  • Assisting with ongoing research and other projects
  • Assisting with data-entry and other administrative tasks
  • Assisting with social media and website posting/maintenance
  • Assisting with production of the Asians NOW! and Asians NOW! twitter page.
  • Writing short (2-3) page articles on relevant topics for potential publication in the website
  • Attending relevant events in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco Bay Area and reporting back to Asians NOW! staff
  • Tracking news and developments in Asia, Asian America, and the global Asian Diaspora

Knowledge, Education and Experience

  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution (internship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students)
  • Strong written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft suite, Google apps, Apple Office, and social media platforms (eg Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, SocialPilot)
  • Proficiency with Asian language is a plus but not required
  • Experience with policy research or editing a publication highly desired
  • Interest in Asia and Asian American policy issues. Demonstrated interest in Asia, Asian America, or the Asian Diaspora preferred. We are looking for interns with sincere and strong interests in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnamese, Philippines, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. We are also interested in covering the Chinese American, Japanese American, Korean American, Vietnamese American, Filipino American, Indian American, Laotian American, Hmong American, Thai American, and other Asian American experiences.

Application Materials and Review Process

  • Resume
  • Cover letter (Indicating why you want to intern at Asians NOW!
  • What skill-set do you already possess, and what skills or expertise do you wish to gain through this internship?

The mission of Asians NOW! is to promote the general well-being of Asians, Asian Americans, and members of the Asian Diaspora through policy advocacy, research, networking, information dissemination, leadership development, and community outreach and empowerment. Asians NOW! does this by:

  • Networking and strengthening Asian, Asian American, and Asian Diaspora organizations in a think tank so that their voices and concerns are heard throughout the world supporting and enhancing US, Asian, and global engagement and mutual understanding
  • Inform and prepare public, private, and civic sector leaders for a complex global future impacted by the US, Asia, Asian Americans, and members of the Asian Diaspora on the world stage
  • Provide a meeting place and nexus for Asian, Asian American, and Asian Diaspora communities to engage in domestic and international policy and advocacy
  • Through its Washington headquarters, be a virtual think tank and research center for critical studies on politics, social and environmental change, and economic and trade relations
  • Establishes programs for youth leadership among Asians, Asian Americans, and members of the Asian Diaspora who will enrich knowledge and facilitate greater dialogue between the US, Asia, and the Asian Diaspora.

Most of these undergraduate and undergraduate internships are unpaid positions and require at least 10 hours during each semester or quarter. During the summertime we expect full-time interns who will work at least 30 hours per week. We also are fine with OPT part-time or full-time individuals either in the academic year or during the summer or year-round.

NOTE: Applicants who are students can receive college credit or transcript notation of participation in our program for each semester of the internship through your university. An independent study option, if approved by your university is also possible.

We are located in the heart of Washington, DC in the K Street Corridor area, two blocks away from the White House. Three Metro station are very close-by (Farragut West, Farragut North, and McPherson Square). Hours are flexible and negotiable. Some weekend and evening hours may be required.

Internship Start Date : Starting on March 15 and afterwards.


In addition to the general Asian American Institute internships, we have specific ones in the following categories:

Fundraising and Development

Interns will provide fundraising and development support to the team. Duties include: fundraising, letters, outreach, website development, etc. Qualifications : Creative, innovative, and detail-oriented individual with good writing and computer skills; website design interest and willingness to learn Beaver Builder, Wealth Engine, etc; knowledge and experience with Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn; interest or knowledge of Weebly, NationBuilder, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Dropbox, Eventbrite, Paperless Post, iContact, iCloud, google apps, social media applications, or other desktop publishing software; layout and web design experience a plus. Appropriate Majors for Positions : Communications, Multimedia, Broadcasting, Asian/Asian American Studies, Business Administration, Asian Language, ESL/TESOL Programs, Communications, Environmental Studies, Education, English, Global Studies, Humanities, International Affairs/International Relations, Journalism, Marketing, Non-Profit Management, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Social Welfare, and Sociology.

Communications and Outreach

Interns will provide communications and outreach support to the team. Duties include: development of communications materials, helping on events and speakerships, doing email and database communication, etc. Qualifications : Creative, innovative, and detail-oriented individual with good writing and computer skills; website design interest and willingness to learn Beaver Builder, Elementor etc; knowledge and experience with Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn; interest or knowledge of Weebly, NationBuilder, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Dropbox, Eventbrite, Paperless Post, iContact, iCloud, google apps, social media applications, or other desktop publishing software; layout and web design experience a plus. Appropriate Majors for Positions : Communications, Multimedia, Broadcasting, Asian/Asian American Studies, Business Administration, Asian Language, ESL/TESOL Programs, Communications, Environmental Studies, Education, English, Global Studies, Humanities, International Affairs/International Relations, Journalism, Marketing, Non-Profit Management, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Social Welfare, and Sociology.

Statistics and Research

Interns will provide research and statistical analysis support to the institute team. Duties include: assisting with proofreading; distributing e-newsletters and new press releases; statistical analysis of the demographic patterns of Asians and Asian Americans. Qualifications : Creative, innovative, and detail-oriented individual with good writing and computer skills; knowledge and experience with SAS, SPSS, STATA, or R; Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn; interest or knowledge of Weebly, NationBuilder, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Dropbox, Eventbrite, Paperless Post, iContact, iCloud, google apps, social media applications, or other desktop publishing software; layout and web design experience a plus. Appropriate Majors for Positions : Statistics, Public Policy, Health Care Administration, Asian/Asian American Studies, Business Administration, Asian Language, ESL/TESOL Programs, Communications, Environmental Studies, Education, English, Global Studies, Humanities, International Affairs/International Relations, Journalism, Marketing, Non-Profit Management, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Social Welfare, and Sociology.

Video and Multimedia Production

Interns will provide video and multimedia support to the communications team. Duties include: video editing, production, software editing, interviewing, etc. Qualifications : Creative, innovative, and detail-oriented individual with good writing and computer skills; website design interest and willingness to learn Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Adobe Premiere; photography; knowledge and experience with Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn; interest or knowledge of Weebly, NationBuilder, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Dropbox, Eventbrite, Paperless Post, iContact, iCloud, google apps, social media applications, or other desktop publishing software; layout and web design experience a plus. Appropriate Majors for Positions : Communications, Multimedia, Broadcasting, Asian/Asian American Studies, Business Administration, Chinese Language, ESL/TESOL Programs, Communications, Environmental Studies, Education, English, Global Studies, Humanities, International Affairs/International Relations, Journalism, Marketing, Non-Profit Management, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Social Welfare, and Sociology.

Website Design and Development

Interns will provide administrative and editorial support to the communications team. Duties include: event coordination; assisting with proofreading; distributing e-newsletters and new press releases; updating Asians NOW! blogs and social media; building media lists and managing databases; tracking news clips; assisting with layout and design of AAI products; answering phones; and filing. Qualifications : Creative, innovative, and detail-oriented individual with good writing and computer skills; website design interest and willingness to learn WordPress/Beaver Builder/Aurora; knowledge and experience with Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn; interest or knowledge of Weebly, NationBuilder, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Dropbox, Eventbrite, Paperless Post, iContact, iCloud, google apps, social media applications, or other desktop publishing software; layout and web design experience a plus. Appropriate Majors for Positions : Asian/Asian American Studies, Business Administration, Asian Language, ESL/TESOL Programs, Communications, Environmental Studies, Education, English, Global Studies, Humanities, International Affairs/International Relations, Journalism, Marketing, Non-Profit Management, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Social Welfare, and Sociology.

General Information

All Asians NOW! interns must have good computer skills, excellent writing and communication skills, and an interest in new immigrant and minority issues. Prior office experience is desirable. Ability to speak another language a plus. Asians NOW! is committed to diversity and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply.

How to Apply

Individuals interested in applying should submit a cover letter specifying the internship for which they are applying and a resume to Asians NOW!. Please direct it to the Internship Coordinator. Please direct any questions by calling the Internship Coordinator at 202.643.7740 (leave voicemail with name, message, and contact number if not answered or text message [we do not usually reply unless text message or phone message]) or emailing us. We are starting interviews soon and will continue interviewing until positions are filled. Please send your very short cover letter and resume as soon as possible (ASAP).

Job Type : Internship

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