Jobs 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 AALDEF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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Fall 2014 Student Internships
For Undergraduate, Graduate, and Law Students

Fall internships are available for the following program areas (open to all unless otherwise noted):

Immigrant Access to Justice. Litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach with communities impacted by post 9/11 immigration and law enforcement policies. An additional emphasis on Asian communities' access to representation and education about immigration policies and practices that may impact them, including deferred action policies and administrative relief for youth and other immigrants, unconstitutional DHS stops, and collaboration between state/local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement, e.g., "Secure Communities" program. **Law students ONLY**

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 state and local election reform; produce reports and organize public forums; work with volunteer attorneys and assist in organizing legal trainings. Voting Rights Interns work on the following:

  • Election monitoring to ensure that Asian Americans are treated fairly at the polls and to document violations of the Voting Rights Act and the federal Constitution.  The Voting Rights Act mandates the availability of Chinese, Korean, and Bengali language assistance and forbids anti-Asian voter discrimination.

  • Work with pro bono lawyers at corporate law firms and volunteer law students to inspect poll sites for compliance with the Voting Rights Act and the Help America Vote Act.  

  • Coordinate a survey of Asian American voters to document the use of bilingual ballots and report on Asian American voting patterns.  The survey will be taken at several poll sites across the nation.  Interns will recruit, train, and supervise volunteers, as well as coordinate logistics at three dozen polling locations.

  • Register new voters after citizenship swearing-in ceremonies.

  • Conduct research and advocacy on local, state, and federal election reform proposals.

Administrative Assistant. Provide administrative support in preparation for AALDEF's annual gala, including: research for prospective dinner sponsors and silent auction donors. Computer experience with databases, graphics, and web programs are helpful. **Undergraduate students ONLY.  Work/study grants accepted.**

Description of Internships:
Interns are supervised by attorneys and/or AALDEF staff in specific program areas.  These internships are not paid positions, but academic credit may be arranged.  Interns work anywhere between 8 to 25 hours per week.  The internship usually commences with the start of classes and ends in early December.

To Apply:
Any bilingual ability should be stated in the resume.  Bilingual ability is helpful but not required.  Applications should also state the number of hours the intern is able to work per week and which program area(s) you are interested in.  Email applications are accepted.  Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.  Send a resume and cover letter (law students should include a writing sample) to:

AALDEF Fall Intern Search
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor, New York, New York 10013-2815
Fax: 212-966-4303 or Email:

For more information, contact Jennifer Weng at 212-966-5932, ext. 212 or

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AALDEF's Educational Equity Program provides legal assistance to K-12 public school students, parents, and teachers and does policy advocacy on such issues as English Language Learner (ELL) programming, language access, school discipline, racial profiling, anti-Asian harassment, affirmative action in higher education, and juvenile justice.

The Staff Attorney will work with other program staff on the following activities:

1. Develop and conduct policy advocacy and potential litigation on behalf of Asian American and immigrant students in K-12 public education and higher education; 

2. Conduct legal intakes and provide direct representation to students in such matters as school discipline, ELL programming, language access, anti-Asian harassment, and racial discrimination;   

3. Collaborate with Asian American community-based groups across the country on public education and youth-related issues, and participate in local and national education advocacy coalitions; 

4.  Develop youth rights community education trainings and outreach;

5.  Provide technical assistance to community-based organization staff.


  • One to three years of experience in civil rights and public interest law;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, including experience and familiarity with Asian American communities and issues;
  • Strong interest in education policy and youth rights;
  • Detail-oriented, independent, and focused;
  • Strong organizational and communication skills;
  • Bar admission in New York or another state in the Northeast/ Mid-Atlantic Region;
  • Willingness to travel and attend meetings on evenings and weekends, as needed.


  • At least one year litigation experience; 
  • Experience in and familiarity with:
    • Education and/or youth law; 
    • Working directly with youth; 
    • Conducting policy advocacy;
    • Collaborating with community-based organizations; 
    • Ability to speak an Asian language.


Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to:

Educational Equity Attorney Search

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York, NY 10013-2815
Fax: 212-966-4303

Email: (please put "Education Attorney" in the subject line)

DEADLINE: The position will be filled as soon as possible. Starting date: Fall 2014.

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-Write media releases, print and online newsletters, emails to media professionals, letters to the editor, op-eds, and other documents as needed. 

-Write fact sheets, backgrounders, and position papers on AALDEF campaigns.

-Work closely with the executive director and attorneys in crafting messages for press spokespeople. Recommend and develop new story angles and pitches for the media.

-Manage AALDEF's website and online communications, including social media posts, action alerts, and other vehicles to engage constituencies and key audiences.

-Develop and update media lists; monitor media coverage of AALDEF and Asian American issues.


-2+ years of print/online journalism or communications experience in a nonprofit organization.

-Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills, with attention to details and a commitment to quality control.

-Demonstrated ability to operate in high-pressure situations with quick turnaround for written products.

-Strong understanding of civil rights issues and the Asian American community.

-Experience in managing websites. Knowledge of Movable Type, WordPress, and Photoshop preferred.

-Ability to translate legal concepts into accessible language for press materials. 

-Ability to develop story angles in a creative manner, seize media opportunities, identify media trends, and successfully pitch and place stories. 

-Self-starter, with ability to manage multiple tasks to meet deadlines.


Commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits package, including health and dental benefits and TransitCheks for public transportation.

About the organization:

AALDEF does precedent-setting litigation, advocacy, and community education in the areas of economic justice for workers, immigrants' rights, anti-trafficking, educational equity, voting rights, and post-9/11 civil liberties issues.  Website: Facebook: Twitter: @aaldef

To Apply:

Candidates should submit a letter of interest (including a desired salary range, if any), resume, three unedited writing samples, and three references. The position will be filled as soon as possible. No phone calls. Please send to:

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12F
New York, NY 10013-2815
Attn: J. Weng (please put "Communications job" in the subject line)


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