Careers at AALDEF
AALDEF does precedent-setting litigation, advocacy, and policy work in the areas of economic justice for workers, immigrant rights, anti-trafficking, educational equity and youth rights, voting rights and redistricting, post-9/11 civil liberties issues, housing and environmental justice, and other major civil rights issues affecting Asian American communities.
Please check below for current job, internship, and fellowship openings. General volunteer and internship applications may be sent to email@example.com. AALDEF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
2014 SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Internships for the summer of 2014 are available in the following program areas:
- Anti-Trafficking Initiative - legal research and writing on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as outreach, community education, and advocacy on the rights of exploited and abused workers.
- Community Health Care Initiative - legal research, community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access;
- Economic Justice for Workers - legal research, advocacy and direct representation on behalf of Asian immigrant workers experiencing wage-and-hour, retaliation, and workplace safety violations in the restaurant, nail salon, domestic worker, and other low-wage industries.
- Educational Equity - legal services, policy work, community education, research and litigation concerning educational equity, juvenile justice, affirmative action, student free-speech and police surveillance, and anti-Asian harassment;
- Housing Justice Project - community outreach/education, community planning, research, and litigation on housing and land use issues affecting low-income Asian immigrant communities;
- Immigrant Access to Justice: litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach with communities impacted by 9-11, including special interest detainees, special registration, voluntary interviews by the government, the 9-11 absconder initiative, and local and state enforcement of immigration laws.
- Voting Rights - legal research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, and the redrawing of local, state and federal district lines; produce reports and organize public forums; assist in organizing legal trainings.
Description of Summer Internship Program: The summer program is ten weeks, from approximately June 2 through August 8. Interns work full-time and are supervised by attorneys in specific program areas. Depending on the program area, interns will work on litigation, legal and policy advocacy, community outreach and education, or client intakes; each program area differs in emphasis. Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups. The position is unpaid. However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding. Academic credit can be arranged.
- Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to be received by AALDEF on or before Friday, January 31, 2014 at the address below. Please indicate in your cover letter the top three preferred program areas. Only law students qualify for AALDEF's legal internships. Applications may be faxed or emailed.
- Any bilingual ability should be stated in the application. Bilingual ability is helpful but not required. Gujarati, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Indonesian and Urdu-speaking applicants are especially urged to apply.
- Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the January 31, 2014 deadline. Interviewing will take place on a rolling basis. Only applicants who have been granted interviews will be notified of their advancement in the application process.
Summer Internship Search (Legal)
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York, New York 10013-2815
Fax: 212-966-4303 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, contact: Ken Kimerling at 212-966-5932 x203 or email@example.com
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Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups. The summer program is ten (10) weeks, beginning approximately June 2nd through August 8th. The position is unpaid. However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding and work-study funds may also be available. Academic credit can be arranged.
- Communications Intern: research news coverage of pending policy issues or legal challenges; update a reporter database encompassing print, TV, radio, and online media; track and archive AALDEF media appearances; research strategic possibilities for targeting new audiences; assist with press outreach for press conferences or public events (briefings, town hall meetings, rallies, etc.); draft press advisories and press releases and other outreach materials.
- Community Health Care Initiative Intern: community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access;
- Educational Equity Intern: Responsibilities include community outreach and presentations with Asian American youth groups, public education policy research, assistance with client intakes and general support for projects on educational equity, juvenile justice, affirmative action, student free-speech and police surveillance, and anti-Asian harassment.
- Housing & Environmental Justice Project Intern: Responsibilities include community outreach and research on land use, community planning, and anti-displacement issues.
- Office Assistant: Responsibilities include data entry, organizing press clippings, answering phones, doing mailings, assisting with fundraising and other events, and performing general clerical duties. Other responsibilities include providing support for community education and outreach projects and acting as an interpreter/translator. Computer experience with databases, graphics and web programs is helpful.
- Social Media Intern: follow civil rights and racial justice issues daily in the news; introduce broader audiences to social justice issues and AALDEF's work through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr; create graphics and shareable content. Interested applicants should send any Twitter account(s) you use; any Facebook pages you've had the opportunity to run for schools, publications, companies, etc., and/or any Tumblr(s) or blogs. NOTE: This position can be carried out remotely. Both NYC and non-NYC applicants welcome.
- Voting Rights Intern: research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, and the redrawing of local, state and federal district lines; produce reports and organize public forums; assist in organizing legal trainings; help prepare for election monitoring of the 2014 Mid-Term Elections; conduct voter registration drives.
Requirements: Candidates must be detail-oriented and possess strong writing skills. Spoken and written knowledge of Korean, Bangla, Chinese, or another Asian language is a plus. Qualified applicants should indicate which internship they are applying for and send a resume and cover letter by Monday, February 10, 2014 to:
Summer Undergraduate Intern Search
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor, New York, New York 10013
fax: 212.966.4303 or email: email@example.com
For more information, contact Jennifer Weng at 212-966-5932, ext. 212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.