Internships | Volunteer

Passionate, enthusiastic volunteers are the lifeblood of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, and we thank you for your interest! Are you a student or recent graduate looking for an academically challenging and socially dynamic position that helps change entire communities? Then you may be a great fit for our Internship program. Are you interested in helping us with special events, particular activities like civic engagement, or have a special skill? Then you may be a perfect fit for our Event and Special Task Volunteers. Please read below, complete and submit the form and we will get back to you!

Internship Programs

Fall Litigation Intern

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is currently seeking a paid, part-time Litigation Intern for Fall 2019 to assist with the organization’s impact litigation and community advocacy in the areas of immigrant justice and voting rights. Candidates must be currently enrolled in law school; have strong interests in immigrant justice, voting rights, and civil rights law; and be committed to serving the needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and other immigrant and refugee communities. The intern will receive a stipend commensurate with the duration of the internship.

Responsibilities and duties

• Assist with impact litigation, primarily before federal courts. May include conducting legal and factual research for ongoing and potential lawsuits, drafting and reviewing complaints, motions, and other pleadings, correspondence, and written discovery; and other litigation tasks
• Assist with marketing activities, such as drafting press releases and community advisories
• Assist with community organizing and education activities, such as election protection and policy advocacy
• Work closely and collaboratively with other offices in the Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation, as well as other community organizations
• Assist in general office duties, such as answering phones, outreach, and other tasks
• There may be opportunities for the intern to experience working with other departments at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta as desired

Requirements

• Currently enrolled law student at an accredited institution
• Strong legal research and writing skills
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
• Interest in and passion for civil rights work and issues affecting immigrant and refugee communities
• Commitment to Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta’s mission
• Ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
• Ability to work independently and proactively in a small team
• Commitment to working 15-20 hours per week for the fall semester (12-14 weeks from September-December 2019). The intern will be expected to be in-office 1-2 days a week, but some of the work can be done remotely.
• Prior experience working with/ties to low-income communities of color and/or immigrant or refugee communities preferred but not required
• Bilingual abilities are desired but not required, particularly in Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Arabic, and/or Spanish

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter addressing your interest in the internship, resume (no more than one page), legal writing sample (no more than 5 pages), and list of three professional or academic references as one PDF to the Litigation Fellow, Hillary Li, at hli@advancingjustice-atlanta.org by August 16, 2019.
Please write “Fall Litigation Internship” in the email subject line. No phone calls or inquiry emails please. Applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis.

Fall Organizing & Civic Engagement Internship

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta is currently seeking an Organizing & Civic Engagement Intern for Fall 2019. Interns will be responsible for a wide range of tasks that serve the greater purpose of building a movement for and by AANHPI, AMEMSA, and immigrant communities in the South.

Responsibilities and duties

• Work with the Civic Engagement Coordinator to plan and execute innovative issue-based voter engagement programs, including voter registration drives, voter education events, door-to-door canvassing, and phone banking.
• Effectively communicate the meaning and importance of civic engagement in and to AAPI, AMEMSA, and immigrant communities across Georgia.
• Work with the Community Organizer to help recruit and train base members to participate in programming, including the ICE Out of Gwinnett campaign, community outreach, and leadership development programs.
• Research and survey local immigrant communities regarding their needs and concerns, collaborating with community partners and stakeholders as needed.
• Assist in building youth activist groups by recruiting and mobilizing participants and helping coordinate political education discussions and events.
• Work with the Community Organizer to prepare for the 2019 Organizer Academy.
• Other responsibilities as determined by the Director of Organizing & Civic Engagement and organizational staff.

Requirements

• Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
• A passion for civic engagement and grassroots community empowerment through voter engagement, political education, and community mobilization.
• A personality that thrives on meeting new people, developing ideas, overcoming new challenges, and encouraging and inspiring people to take positive action.
• Knowledge of Georgia’s immigrant and refugee populations and commitment to Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta’s mission.
• Current college or high school student.
• Access to reliable transportation is strongly preferred.
• Commitment to working 10-15 hours per week for 12 weeks.
• Bilingual abilities are preferred, particularly in Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Arabic, and/or Spanish.

Compensation

The Organizing & Civic Engagement Intern will receive a $1,500 stipend upon successful completion of the internship.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing a sample (no more than 10 pages), and at least two references to the Director of Organizing & Civic Engagement, Esther Lim, at elim@advancingjustice-atlanta.org. Please write “OCE Internship” in the email subject line. No phone calls or inquiry emails, please.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through September 9th, with an expected start date of September 16th.

Event and Special Task Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer but cannot commit a specified time, we still could use your help! We are looking for volunteers for help with the following:

  • Translation of basic pieces of legal education in Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Laotian, Tagalog or any other Asian language
  • Volunteer service time for specific community outreach events or projects which usually occur on weekday nights or on weekends – door to door canvassing, phone banking, community meetings and special events, for example
  • IT / technical / computer assistance
  • Videography
  • Event planning


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