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.   Spring internships are available for college, graduate, and law students in AALDEF’s Democracy Program, which includes voting rights and census.  Interns will work on the following:

  • Ensure the protection of undocumented immigrants in the census..  Federal law states that information given to the census is confidential; nevertheless AALDEF is undertaking a thorough legal analysis about the strength of the privacy protections, including a review of compliance efforts, enforcement mechanisms, past violations, and Freedom of Information Requests about internal memoranda, policies, and sharing of data of special tabulations.
  • Assist in coordinating a series of legal trainings for community leaders, service providers, and attorneys about the confidentiality protections.
  • Advocate for a moratorium on immigration raids during the census, the hiring of bilingual outreach staff, and an expansion of language assistance programs.
  • Promote culturally sensitive and language-specific community education efforts and press conferences to ensure Asian Americans understand the importance of the census and its benefits.
  • Conduct client intakes for AALDEF’s Census Monitoring Project where individuals can report problems and potential violations of law and seek legal advice from AALDEF.
  • Advocate for full compliance with the Voting Rights Act and federal Constitution, by analyzing election monitoring reports.  The Voting Rights Act mandates Chinese and Korean language voting assistance and forbids anti-Asian voter discrimination.  This includes legal research and writing, fact pattern development, and working with clients and witnesses for possible litigation.  Review monitoring reports from past elections to document the use of bilingual ballots.
  • Assess local elections compliance with settlements reached in voting rights lawsuits in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and other states.
  • Register new voters after citizenship swearing-in ceremonies.
  • Conduct research and advocacy on local, state and federal election reform proposals.

Description of Spring Internships:

Supervision: Interns are supervised by attorneys and organizers through regular meetings and trainings.

Compensation: These internships are not paid positions, but academic credit can be arranged.

Hours: Interns work anywhere between 12 to 25 hours per week in the office.

Duration: Spring internships usually follows the spring semester, commencing with the start of classes (end of January) to the first or second week of May.

To Apply:

Bilingual ability is helpful but not required.  Students with language ability in Korean, Bengali, Urdu, or Chinese are especially welcome to apply and languages (if any) should be stated in the resume.

Applicants should also state the number of hours they can work per week and a possible schedule.

Send a resume and cover letter to:

Democracy Program 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

Applications due Jan. 15 but interviews will commence on a rolling basis beginning Jan. 12.

For more information, contact Glenn D. Magpantay at 212-966-5932, ext. 206 or gmagpantay@aaldef.org.