Fall 2011 Internship Opportunity in DC: Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center

Looking for internship opportunities in the D.C Area for the Fall?? Check out this one below! Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) Fall 2011 Internship Positions in DC Metropolitan Area

Deadline to Apply: September 9, 2011.

The Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) is a 501(c) (3) community-based legal organization that works with low income and limited-English proficient Asian immigrant communities across the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.  The APALRC provides free legal assistance to low-income Asian immigrants who have limited English proficiency in a linguistically accessible and culturally appropriate manner.  It operates a multi-lingual legal intake helpline, a legal interpreter project, and provides legal assistance in immigration, domestic violence and family law, tenants' rights, and other areas.  The APALRC works to improve Asian Americans’ access to the legal system and to address the systemic inequities faced by Asian Americans and immigrants in our region.

The APALRC seeks legal interns/externs for Fall 2011, as well as undergraduate or graduate students and recent graduates interested in working in local communities.  Interns will have various responsibilities that include work on one or more of the following projects:

  • Asian American Multilingual Legal Helpline: (Legal) The helpline is the first point of contact for potential clients of APALRC.  It has separate lines for Mandarin/Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Hindi/Urdu/Gujarati speakers.  Helpline interns will take incoming calls, conduct initial intakes, work with the legal team to identify and outline next steps, conduct legal research, and work on cases under the supervision of a staff attorney.
  • Crime Victims' Assistance Project: (Legal/Non-Legal) This project provides information and assistance to Asian victims of aggravated crimes to ensure that they can access law enforcement services and information about the D.C. Crime Assistance Fund.  In addition, this project also works with immigrant victims of crime who may be eligible for T and U Visas.  An intern in this project will assist with intake calls, filing applications with eligible community members, and work on the range of issues that a victim of crime may confront.
  • Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project: (Legal) This project provides legal assistance to victims of domestic violence in the areas of abuse prevention, family law and immigration law. Interns will work with staff attorneys and partnering social service organizations in conducting community outreach and education, legal research and case preparation to provide comprehensive legal assistance to assist victims of domestic violence to rebuild their lives.
  • Housing and Community Justice Project: (Legal/Non-Legal)This project focuses on unlawful evictions, substandard housing conditions issues, admission to subsidized housing, tenant organizations, and other local advocacy efforts.  The ideal candidate(s) has interest and/or experience in housing, poverty law, and work with local immigrant communities.  Undergraduate and graduate students in urban planning and Asian American Studies also encouraged to apply.
  • Fundraising Internship: (Non-Legal)The APALRC seeks an undergraduate or recent graduate intern with an interest in developing fundraising skills in a nonprofit organization committed to advancing social justice. Under the supervision and guidance of the Executive Director and development staff, the development intern will assist with fundraising tasks involving grant research, grant writing, marketing donor relations, and special event planning.
  • Communications Internship: (Non-Legal) The APALRC seeks an undergraduate or recent graduate with an interest or degree in journalism, public relations or marketing to apply for an internship to assist with various communications tasks including drafting media advisories and press releases, monitoring media coverage and maintaining media files, updating and maintaining media lists, and preparing marketing materials.

Ideal Candidates will have (for appropriate positions):·

  • Written and oral communication skills·
  • Initiative, ability to multitask and meet deadlines ·
  • Experience working with Asian or other immigrant communities·
  • Interest and experience in nonprofit and/or community-based work·
  • Fundraising or nonprofit communications experience·
  • Experience working with interpreters·
  • Oral and written proficiency in Bangla, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Urdu, and/or Vietnamese

To apply: Please send a single email with the following attachments in PDF format by September 9, 2011:

1) Cover Letter (1 page): listing the specific project(s) in which you are interested and explaining your interest in working in a nonprofit organization that serves the local Asian immigrant community;

2) Resume (1 page max): include relevant course/clinical work, experience, all language skills; and

3) Writing Sample (up to 5 pages): that shows legal writing skills and/or ability to convey legal issues in plain English (for non-legal positions, please send a writing sample that demonstrates strong writing and critical analysis skills).

For general inquiries and internship application, please send an email to: Admin@apalrc.org. Internship application should mark in the subject line “Internship Application for Fall 2011.”

No Phone Calls, please.  We will contact all applicants via email regarding their application status. Candidates will be interviewed and offered positions on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged.  Not all applicants will be contacted for interviews, and incomplete applications will not be considered.   The APALRC is an equal opportunity employer.