Asian American Advancing Justice- DEADLINE: See aplication; Rolling basis Internship Program Summer 2019

To apply to any of the internship opportunities listed below, please complete the relevant online application form and upload the requested documents.  Please fill out this form for summer 2019 internships.  (If interested in interning with us sometime other than summer, please fill out this form for spring/winter 2019 internships.  Please fill out this form for fall 2019 internships.)

Applications are accepted until positions are filled.  Candidates seeking internship, externship, or academic credit welcome to apply.  Please send questions via email to Christina Yang, Pro Bono Director, at No phone calls please.


Agency Description:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA (Advancing Justice-LA) is the nation’s largest Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983, Advancing Justice-LA’s mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. Advancing Justice-LA seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of the AANHPI communities while also building a strong AANHPI voice for civil rights and social justice. Advancing Justice-LA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Impact Litigation


The Impact Litigation Unit advocates for social justice through lawsuits that seek to enforce and expand protections for low-income and immigrant communities, set legal precedent on civil rights matters and change unlawful institutional practices. Our key cases have challenged unconstitutional laws, low-wage worker exploitation, human trafficking, and race and national origin discrimination.


Litigation Unit Projects Intern

Qualifications Requested: Strong research and writing skills, attention to detail, strong work ethic, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest work, civil rights, and community empowerment.  Diverse upper level college students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Duties May Include: Supporting project-based work and assisting the litigation paralegal with other administrative duties, including but not limited to:

  • Research;
  • Data analysis;
  • Creating content for ethnic media publication;
  • Translating written materials from English to Chinese;
  • Administrative tasks, including data entry, scanning, copying, creating packets for workshops, and similar tasks.

Current projects include affirmative action, voting rights, caregivers’ rights, and nail salon workers’ rights.

Language Requirements: Bilingual ability in English and Mandarin is highly preferred. Bilingual ability in English and any other Asian language also preferred.

Schedule Requirements:  Impact Litigation seeks a paralegal intern for Spring 2019 for a minimum commitment of 16 hours/week for 10 weeks.  Individuals who can commit more time will receive priority.  Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply.  For Summer 2019, seeking an intern for a minimum commitment of 40 hours/week for 10 weeks.






The Advancing Justice-LA Communications team supports the organization’s programs, events, and advocacy, though our website, social media, traditional and ethnic media, and other means.


Advancing Justice-LA is looking for a qualified intern to join our Communications team. Our Communications team works on a broad range of projects to support our organization’s policy goals and litigation. We are embarking upon a unique project that requires strong storytelling and video editing. If you love telling stories and are unafraid of iMovie or Adobe Premiere, keep reading.


  • Shape and edit videos for public consumption
  • Organize and maintain video and photo assets
  • Work with the Communications team on developing multimedia best practices
  • Develop and create videos and graphics for social media channels
  • Writing social media copy and blog posts on a range of topics



A successful intern in this position will have the following qualities and attributes:

  • Digital design skills
  • Proficiency in iMovie or Adobe Premiere
  • Ability to work both in a collaborative environment and independently
  • Extremely organized
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize multiple competing deadlines and tasks
  • Proficiency in Google Drive (Gmail, Calendars, Docs, etc.)
  • Excellent critical thinking/problem-solving skills
  • Experience working in fast-paced environments


Language Requirements: None.

Schedule Requirements: Communications seeks an intern for Spring 2019 or Fall 2019 for a minimum commitment of 15 hours/week for 10 weeks.  Individuals who can commit more time will receive priority. Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply.  For Summer 2019, seeking an intern for a minimum commitment of 40 hours/week for 10 weeks.



Project Assistant Intern – Special Events and Development

Advancing Justice – LA’s Development Unit leads our organization’s efforts in fundraising and plans Special Events to build relationships and strengthen support for our programs and operations.

The Project Assistant Intern will provide project support to the Development Unit and works under the supervision and direction of the Special Events Manager and the Director of Individual Giving & Corporate Relations. This is an opportunity to work on a variety of special projects including an Advisory Council Luncheon and the Annual Anniversary Gala dinner.  These events and projects are vital to the relationship-building we do with our supporters and donors, and this is a great opportunity to learn more about fundraising at a major legal services and civil rights/advocacy nonprofit in the Los Angeles area.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in coordination of special events, the intern will assist with logistics, mailings, book/flyer design and other tasks related to the planning and execution of special events.
  • Providing some key administrative support.  This could include donor/supporter-related research, database management, meeting support and other miscellaneous duties.

Qualifications include: The ideal intern should be a quick learner, a problem solver and have a strong attention to detail as well as work well under pressure and be able to timely meet quick deadlines.

Microsoft Office, computer and general administrative skills required; prior event-planning and project management experience preferred.  Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply.

Language Requirement: None

Schedule Requirements: For Summer 2019, a minimum of 24 hours per week (3 days a week) is preferred. Schedules can be flexible. Some work after business hours may be needed for certain special events. Individuals who can commit more time will receive priority. Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit are welcome to apply.

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