OCA Accepting Applications for 2014 Fall Internship Program

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership – driven organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), announces growth in its OCA Internship Program.

As OCA continues to celebrate the 25th Year Anniversary of its Internship Program, we invite student advocates from all across the nation to apply for the opportunity to be engaged in advocacy and professional development through a national organization.

“For 25 years we’ve been seeing our interns gain valuable professional experience through OCA’s Internship program.  We have seen our interns redefine their goals and careers with these placements and want to see the continuation of the success of the OCA internship program,” said Ken Lee, OCA Acting CEO.

OCA interns are placed in a full-time job and are assigned to a variety of positions in federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, congressional offices, and in public affairs units of corporations in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Placements of the interns are based on individual background, interest, and skill level. Gaining working experience, while being exposed to advocacy efforts has led program participants to become active on their local college campus. Candidates should be recent graduates, juniors or seniors from two-year and four-year institutions. Interns are provided a living stipend for the 10 week program.

For more information on the OCA Internship Program as well as the application, visit OCA’s website at www.ocanational.org and click ‘Internship’ tab under ‘Programs Section’. Click here to directly access the on-line application. Applications and support materials must be submitted by Wednesday August 20, 2014; 11:00PM PST.

SAALT is hiring a Community Partnerships Coordinator

Position: Community Partnerships Coordinator, Full-time
Priority Deadline: July 31, 2014 

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that elevates the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States. SAALT is pleased to announce an opening for a Community Partnerships Coordinator position. SAALT is located in Takoma Park, MD (near Washington, DC) and is accessible by the Metro. See our website at www.saalt.org or email us at info@saalt.org for more information.

The Community Partnerships Coordinator will be responsible for leading or providing support to programs, policy, and administrative activities related to the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO), and representing SAALT in broader immigrant and civil rights coalitions at the national level.

The Community Partnerships Coordinator will report to SAALT’s Director of Programs & Operations.

Primary Duties

Initial point of contact for activities and communications related to the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO), a national coalition of 49 member organizations across the United States that engage, educate, and mobilize our communities to ensure that South Asians are afforded equal rights, protections, and dignity. Duties may include the following:


  • Building and maintaining relationships with current NCSO members and identifying potential new members.
  • Conducting quarterly calls with each NCSO member to capture work updates, share NCSO information, and provide technical assistance around capacity building.
  • Organizing and/or supporting field campaigns that include participation of NCSO members.
  • Developing and conducting a regional landscape assessment to identify areas to enhance regional presence according to community need and NCSO partner interest.
  • Building strategic regional presence in partnership with NCSO partners.
  • Organizing regional/local trainings and events on civic engagement and other initiatives with NCSO partners
  • Organizing and delivering quarterly webinar trainings and conference calls for the NCSO.
  • Supporting capacity building sub-grant programs, such as We Build Community, and other programs serving the NCSO, such as the biannual National South Asian Summit.
  • Representing SAALT at external events as appropriate.


  • Assisting Policy Director with providing policy updates to and between NCSO members; developing advocacy toolkits for NCSO members; and organizing town halls, forums, and regional Advocacy Days.
  • Assisting Policy Director with developing updates related to issues included in SAALT’s policy platform and where NCSO members are currently engaged, including the National Action Agenda
  • Ensuring that issues and policy proposals SAALT engages with at the national level are consistent with NCSO member priorities for their communities.
  • Connecting NCSO members with national government agencies and policymakers and assisting in trainings and preparation around government engagement to that end.


  • Maintaining the NCSO listserv and posting information and updates to the listserv.
  • Developing an NCSO quarterly newsletter.

Qualifications and Experience  

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience working with community-based organizations, coalitions, campaigns, or projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and handle and prioritize multiple tasks and roles.
  • Exceptional email management skills and ability to thrive in a high-volume email office.
  • Well-developed vision and ideas for supporting local efforts and partners from the standpoint of a national organization.
  • Interest in community organizing, civic engagement, and developing and sustaining partnerships with local organizations. Experience partnering with non-profit organizations and demonstrated ability to move partners toward action highly preferred.
  • Excellent writing, analytic, and verbal/presentation skills with the ability to summarize information and connect with a variety of audiences.
  • Successful track record of articulating, evaluating, measuring, and reporting goals and successes/areas of improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team-based environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, build internal and external relationships, exhibit a flexible approach to work, and quickly adapt and pivot to changing needs in a rapid-paced, non-profit environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and ability to quickly learn other basic programs.
  • Commitment to and passion for social justice issues and to a career in the non-profit sector.
  • Understanding of and commitment to advancing and enhancing SAALT’s mission.
  • Commitment to an office culture where creativity and diversity are celebrated.
  • Evening and weekend work and travel within the United States may be required.

SAALT will provide compensation for this position, commensurate with experience. Health, dental, vision, and transportation stipend benefits will also be provided.  

How to Apply

Please e-mail your cover letter detailing your relevant experience, resume, and an unedited policy-related writing sample (maximum 5 pages) as a single PDF document to info@saalt.org and indicate “Community Partnerships Coordinator” in the subject line. We are accepting applications and interviewing candidates on a rolling basis, and will give priority consideration to applications received by July 31, 2014. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. No calls, please.

SAALT is an equal opportunity employer.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a New York-based national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, advocacy and community education.  AALDEF has a 17-person staff and is supported by foundations, corporations, individual contributions, and special events. For more information about AALDEF and its voting rights activities, visit our website at www.aaldef.org.


AALDEF’s Asian American Democracy Program seeks to promote fairness in the electoral process and invigorate the civic participation of Asian Americans, especially new citizens and persons not yet fluent in English.  By expanding access to the electoral process for Asian Americans, AALDEF improves the quality of democracy for all Americans.

The Voting Rights Organizer is a one-year position and may be extended, subject to available funding. The Organizer will be responsible for mobilizing Asian American community groups for a non-partisan exit poll of Asian American voters and overseeing volunteers for Election Day poll monitoring in several states for the 2014 midterm elections.

The job includes recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers; working with community leaders; supervising the development, translation, and printing of materials; and giving educational presentations.  The Organizer will also oversee post-election follow-up and assist in writing a report about Asian American voter participation in the 2014 elections.

-Highly organized, detail oriented, and able to supervise volunteers and work with a wide variety of community leaders and organizations.
-Strong knowledge of MS Access and other database systems.
-Bilingual ability in an Asian language is desirable.
-Strong communication skills.
-Experience in community organizing is desirable.
-Ability to travel and work on occasional weekends.

TO APPLY:  Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until filled.  Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Voting Rights Organizer Search
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York, NY 10013-2815
fax: 212-966-4303
Email: info@aaldef.org (put “voting rights organizer search” in the subject line)

–AALDEF is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.–

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The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a New York-based national civil rights organization, is hiring a Communications Coordinator.

-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.

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

How 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.  Target start date: July 2014. 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
info@aaldef.org (please put “Communications job” in the subject line)

–AALDEF is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.–

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for Undergraduate, Graduate, and Law Students

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, advocacy, and community education.  Fall internships are available for college, graduate, and law students in AALDEF’s Voting Rights Program.

In prior elections, Asian Americans faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote.  For example,  poll workers were hostile and made racist remarks, poll sites had too few interpreters to assist Asian American voters, translated voting materials were missing or hidden from voters, and ballots were mistranslated listing Democratic candidates as Republicans, and vice versa.  Then, when the news media reported on election returns and the vote by specific groups, Asian Americans were overlooked.  AALDEF’s Voting Rights Program aims to enhance the political participation of Asian Americans and guard against anti-Asian voter discrimination.

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.

Description of Fall Internships:
Supervision: Interns are supervised by attorneys through regular meetings and trainings.
Compensation: These internships are not paid positions, but academic credit, college work-study, or a clinical placement can be arranged.
Hours: Interns work anywhere between 12 to 25 hours per week in the office.
Duration: The internship usually follows the semester, commencing with the start of classes (or end of August/beginning of September) and goes to the first or second week of December.

To Apply: Bilingual ability is helpful but not required and languages (if any) should be stated in the resume.  Applicants should also state the number of hours they are looking to contribute per week and a possible schedule.  Send a resume and cover letter to:

Voting Rights 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
Email: gmagpantay@aaldef.org

For more information, contact Jerry Vattamala at jvattamala@aaldef.org or 212-966-5932

OCA National Convention Full College Student Scholarship

OCA is announcing its college student full registration scholarship! The deadline to apply is Sunday, July 13 by 11:59PM (EST).

For 41 years, OCA has made waves on all social, economic and political fronts for the Asian Pacific American community. From its humble beginning to its decades of progress, OCA has been at the forefront of social and civil justice for the APA community. In celebration of 41 years of OCA, we are bringing in remarkable APA professionals, educators, and community activists to educate and inspire the APA community as we continue to advocate for APA community.

Join us and explore your APA identity, learn about social justice, cultural changes, education, and storytelling. What’s at stake for APAs in 2014? Attend the OCA National Convention and heighten your knowledge about the APA community. Apply now for consideration and access to over $800 worth of event programming, special events, and meals!

To apply for the College Student Registration Scholarship click here

Click here to access info about the college track workshops.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria to Apply For the Scholarship:

  • A current good standing OCA Member (Click here to be a member! $10 for student membership).
  • Enrolled as a college student. Recent graduates (up to 1 year) accepted.
  • Scholarship recipients must attend the College Track Thursday and Friday, August 7th-August 8th for full convention access.
  • Video response to the two following questions (no more than 1 minute per question)
    • Tell us about yourself and how attending the OCA National Convention would benefit you.
    • What does Youth Power mean to you and how can it shape (y)our future?

The college student full registration scholarship is open to all college students and recent graduates (one year out of college) and will include:

  • Entry to All Meal Events: Thursday Night Community Reception, Friday Night Event: Night at the Chinese Museum, Youth Luncheon, Chapter of the Year Luncheon, and Saturday Evening Gala Awards.
  • Access to special performances and entertainment.
  • Attendance to Workshops, Plenary Sessions, and the Exhibit Hall.
  • Networking opportunities with students, professionals, community activists, and APA leaders from all over the nation.

For further information or questions about the Student Registration Scholarship, please contact Kha Ly, Manager of Programs and Constituent Development at kly@ocanational.org.

For Student Orgs: Be the Change 2014

Be the Change is an annual national day of service coordinated by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) to inspire and foster civic engagement and stronger communities through volunteerism and community service. Every, year thousands of participants across the country collectively contribute numerous hours of community service in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi’s challenge to “be the Change you wish to see in the world.”

Click here for registration + more information

The planning team is responsible for coordinating Be the Change in their area. Responsibilities include the following:

  • Secure local volunteer service projects
  • Organize a kick-off ceremony which includes inspirational guest speakers
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers to participate in your area
  • City Registration: July 31st
  • Campus Registration: September 14th
    *Note: While many students are unable to commit to Be the Changeuntil after returning for the fall semester, we strongly encourage campus planning teams to register by July, if possible, in order to allow adequate planning time.

Immigration: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

Sun, June 29, 2014 • 3:00 PM • Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd Austin, TX 78754

In honor of Immigrant Heritage Month,  the Center for Asian American Studies is proud to co-host an educational forum on immigration law in America.

Co-hosts include Welcome.us, FWD.us, the Center for Asian American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Jung Ko LLC, the Asian American Resource Center Inc., Indian American Coalition of TX, and the South Asians’ International Volunteer Association.

How has immigration law shaped America’s rich cultural heritage? What are the challenges facing our nation of immigrants in the 21st century? How does immigration affect industries like tech and what impact has immigration policy had on Asian American identity?

Join speakers Lesley Varghese, Ramey Ko, Irwin Tang, Madeline Hsu, and Ainee Athar as they tackle the diverse histories and impact of immigration policy through the decades.

RSVP here

JUNE EVENTS at the Asian American Resource Center

Wednesday, June 18, 10 to 11 am | GAACC Business Buzz
This session will focus on a variety of EEOC issues, such as pregnancy, disability, religion, English-only rules and accents, and medical inquiries.  Attendees will learn the basics of religious expression in the workplace, reasonable accommodations due to religion and disability, and pregnancy discrimination. Coffee and Breakfast will be served. FREE.

Friday, June 20, 8 to 9:30 pm | Austin Dance India: “Jewels of the Tanjavur Tradition”
Enjoy an intimate evening of both live music and dance from Southern India presented by Anuradha Naimpally with live musical accompaniment by an ensemble from Chennai, India. Tickets $15 general, $10 students/seniors; open to all ages. http://indiandance.brownpapertickets.com/

Saturday, June 28 6:30 to 9:30 pm | Young Women & Men of Destiny Debutante and Gentleman’s Scholarship Benefit Gala. Young Women & Men of Destiny, changing destiny one life at a time; tenth annual event. $40/person, $35/person if buying 10 tickets (tables seat 8). Formal/semi-formal attire. 512-775-4753, www.ywod-ymod.com.


Saturday, July 12 – Doors open 7 p.m., Concert begins 7:30 p.m.Free Concert featuring Pakistani musician Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami
Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road – Austin, TX 78754

Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami, a master of Classical Indian, Ghazal, Geet, Qawwali, Bhajan, Pakistani Folk and Sufi music, has performed for heads of states and on innumerable radio and television appearances. He brings his soulful music to Austin in this free concert presented by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Planet Music Series. For more information: http://austintexas.gov/planetmusic and http://www.ustadnizami.com/

Friday, July 18 – 6 to 8 p.m.
Texas Folklife Public Listening Party
Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road – Austin, TX 78754

Texas Folklife presents a public listening party and reception for audio documentaries produced by teachers and students in the Stories from Deep in the Heart Summer Institute program. Stories from Deep in the Heart is Texas Folklife’s award-winning youth radio program that teaches high school students and teachers how to document family and community traditions through audio documentaries, presented in collaboration with the Asian American Resource Center. For more information: www.austintexas.gov/aarc and http://www.texasfolklife.org/storiesfromdeepintheheart.html


All events are posted on the AARC’s Online Event Calendar. Visit www.austintexas.gov/aarc/ and click on “Event Calendar” for more great events. Subscribe to our newsletter for event updates, news, community profiles and more. Click on “Subscribe to our newsletter” on the main AARC page.


Apply for the Hope Institute 2014

IMG_65935970941539The Hope Institute is the Democratic National Committee’s crash course for talented, aspiring young people from underrepresented backgrounds, providing the tools and training necessary to enter careers in political fundraising, nation- and statewide campaigns, and politically minded organizations. First established in 2005 as “Yes We Can!” by then-Senator Barack Obama, this program continues to be a success, with each subsequent class moving on to fruitful careers.

Deadline to apply is June 11.