Volunteer | Internships

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!

Fall 2017 Legal Internship

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta is currently seeking a second-year or third-year to assist its legal department with research and writing. Intern will conduct research on specific questions of law or policy for contemplated or active litigation; analyze legislation; and prepare legal memoranda analyzing and synthesizing research.

Qualifications and Requirements

• Schedule is flexible, but intern must be able and willing to commit between 5-15 hours a week.
• Work may be completed remotely.
• Areas of research will vary but will likely focus on immigration law (e.g., removal defense and immigration enforcement), voting rights law, and other civil rights issues.
• Intern should be highly motivated, organized, and detail-oriented and have good research (including proficiency with use of either WestLaw or LexisNexis) and writing skills.
• Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights, voting rights, and other areas of public interest law is preferred.
• Internship period is from mid-August to December, and intern will receive $1,000 stipend.

To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest to Phi Nguyen, pnguyen@advancingjustice-atlanta.org, Litigation Director. No phone calls please.

Bilingual Outreach & Interpretation Intern

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta is seeking a bilingual (Spanish & English) intern for its direct immigration services department. The intern will

• Assist in conducting outreach in the immigrant community
• Provide interpretation for attorneys and clients during client intakes and client interviews
• Assist attorneys in coordinating and providing services at community citizenship clinics

Qualifications and Requirements

• Must be available to work between 5 and 10 hours each week in the office. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required
• Graduation from high school, but no prior experience in immigration law necessary
• Must be able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing in both English and Spanish
• Must enjoy doing outreach and talking with community members
• Valid driver’s license and access to an automobile or alternative reliable transportation
• Internship start date: ASAP

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter to Javeria Jamil, jjamil@advancingjustice-atlanta.org, staff attorney. No phone calls please.

Internship Programs

Tentative Duties:

In line with our mission, our interns will perform a variety of tasks, depending on whether they’ve been designated as Office Interns, Legal Interns, or Field Interns.

Office Interns will generally research local and regional policies, or the impact of federal legislation at the local level, as well as perform other tasks that are central to the functioning of our office (e.g. helping to plan our Annual Community Champions Banquet). The research conducted will be used to create talking points, articles, and white papers. Key policy issues include immigration, voting rights, education, and economic justice.

Field Interns will spend much of their time interacting directly with impacted community members. They will be instrumental to the execution of our nonpartisan “door-to-door canvassing” and “phone banking” Get Out the Vote (GOTV) and Voter Registration campaigns.
The actual duties of each will differ, depending on the needs of the office at the time, and Field Interns should expect to perform some office tasks and vice-versa. For Interns chosen with language skills, they will principally assist with community outreach efforts to educate Asian Americans on critical legal issues in our region and to participate in coalition meetings and seminars.

When:

Fall, Spring and Summer.

Requirements:

  • Must be able to commit to working in the office a minimum of 18 hours a week with a minimum 8 week commitment.
  • Must have a valid driver license and have reliable transportation.
  • Must be passionate about our mission of promoting the rights of immigrants, and about our commitment to grassroots community empowerment.
  • Must have outstanding clerical / administrative skills and strong work ethic
  • Language skills are preferred, but not required.

How to Apply:

If you are interested, please prepare the following and see below for additional instructions.

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • Short Writing Sample
  • At Least Two References

Office Intern Candidates: Email the above to Tammy Lu, Administrative Assistant, at tlu@advancingjustice-atlanta.org. Please write “Office Internship” in the email subject line.

Legal Intern Candidates: Email the above to Javeria Jamil, Staff Attorney, at jjamil@advancingjustice-atlanta.org. Please write “Legal Internship” in the email subject line.

Field Intern Candidates: Email the above to Aisha Yaqoob, Policy Director at ayaqoob@advancingjustice-atlanta.org. Please write “Field Internship” in the email subject line.

Communications Intern Candidates: Email the above to James Woo, Communications and Outreach Associate, at jwoo@advancingjustice-atlanta.org. Please write "communications internship" in the email subject line.

If you are a college student, please also contact Aisha Yaqoob for information about potential paid positions as a Campus Organizer.

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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