[] ECAASU [] Mid-January Digest

Hey all,

Happy New Years to all! Hope everyone enjoyed their breaks and are preparing for another exciting semester. As the new semester approaches for most, get excited about ECAASU's annual conference a little over a month away. Make sure to arrange travel and lodging plans for that great weekend. If you have not registered yet, the deadline for regular registration is this Friday, Jan. 13, so make sure to register soon because there are less than 200 spots left.

Your ECAASU Family


1) Bid for ECAASU 2013 Conference

If you haven't considered it already, you still have time. Bids are still being accepted for the ECAASU 2013 Conference. On behalf of the ECAASU Board of Directors, we are calling for a group of students to step up and lead next year's conference.  Please contact June Kao (june.kao@ecaasu.org) to bid for ECAASU 2013.

2) ECAASU Campus Ambassador

The ambassador position is to help ECAASU build up a network across the East Coast amongst student leaders. Moreover, the program is an opportunity for people to step up and be active community members on the East Coast. In a way, it is very similar to a publicity position in which we hope ambassadors will help us spread the news about ECAASU events (Fall Campus Tour, Spring Conference, etc.) to your campus community. If you would like to join the program and/or work on new ideas for the program, check thisout.

2) ECAASU 2012 Conference at Duke University: Regular Registration

Make sure to register before the Regular Registration deadline (1/13/12) at ECAASU 2012 Conference. Less than 200 spots left.

3) OCA Accepting Applications for 2012 Internship Program

Deadline: March 12, 2012
Celebrating its 23rd year, the OCA Internship Program seeks to cultivate future leadership by providing students from all over the country an opportunity to be involved in the political process through one of the largest national APA advocacy organization. The program has successfully led past interns to become more actively involved in their college campuses and to join the growing movement of APA leadership at the cross section of government, nonprofits, and business. Interns are expected to commit to working full-time for ten weeks between the dates of May 28 – August 17, 2012. (Participation in the National Convention is mandatory and applicants are strongly encouraged to make sure they are able to attend.) Applications will be reviewed by the Internship Committee and a telephone interview will be scheduled for qualified applicants. For more information on the OCA Summer Internship and to apply, go to OCA’s website at www.ocanational.org and click “Internship” under “Programs.” Click here to take you directly to the online application form.  Please contact the OCA National Center at             202.223.5500 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            202.223.5500      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            202.223.5500      end_of_the_skype_highlighting       or email Mary Dynne Montante at mmontante@ocanational.org if you have any questions.

4) Faces of Asian America at the University of Pennsylvania

Date: March 17, 2012 Where: University of Pennsylvania The Asian American Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania would like to invite you to Faces of Asian America: The First Undergraduate Research Forum on Asian American Studies on March 17, 2012. This Forum explores issues surrounding the Asian American experience with the goal of promoting a more profound understanding of Asian America, and will include research from all disciplines. The event will consist of a full day schedule. Dr. Elaine Kim is the Keynote Speaker for the event.

Additionally, all current students are invited to enter their work such as papers from current or past academic courses or independent study.  Submitted research will be reviewed by a panel, and twelve outstanding papers will be selected to participate at the Forum. One exceptional work will be selected for an award of $300. Please submit by February 3, 2012. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here. If you are also interested in submitting your work, please send it to upennasam@gmail.com. For questions or concerns, please email Susan Hirai at hirai@sas.upenn.edu.

5) APIAVote Michigan Seeks Community Coordinator

APIAVote-Michigan seeks a community coordinator to lead key aspects of the organization's strategic plan, primarily through community/voter engagement, leadership development, and fundaraising initiatives. The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to succesffuly execute civic participation projects, be self-motivated, and have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Asian American community. The community coordinator will start part-time and potentially transition to full-time, dependent on available funding. She or he will report to the APIAVote-Michigan Board of Directors. This position is an opportunity to strengthen the Asian American community's voice in Michigan through civic participation and social change efforts. See attachment for more details. Email cover letter, resume, and two references to contact@apiavotemi.org by February 1, 2012.

6) Japanese American Citizens League Accepting Applications for Internship

 The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is now accepting applications for the John Moy & Southwest Airlines Congressional Internship. During the program's inaugural cycle in Summer 2011, interns were placed in the offices of Representatives Xavier Becerra (CA-31) and Mike Honda (CA-15).  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for two eight-week, paid internships beginning in Winter 2012. Duties and responsibilities will be outlined by the congressional member's office in which the intern is placed. Placement offices have yet to be determined. Congressional interns will have a unique opportunity to experience the policymaking process and gain exposure to Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues.

This internship program is made possible by a generous donation from John Moy, longtime supporter and member of JACL, and roundtrip tickets provided by JACL's official airline, Southwest AirlinesClick here to apply.

7) National Queer Asian Pacific Island Alliance (NQAPIA) Internship

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations.  NQAPIA seeks to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, to develop leadership, to promote visibility, to educate the community, to enhance grassroots organizing, to expand collaborations, and to challenge homophobia and racism. NQAPIA is seeking talented young people for internships.

The intern will learn strategies in using public policy, grassroots organizing, and the media to advance social justice.  Interns are supervised by NQAPIA professional staff.  Interns work primarily on research and writing, policy advocacy, community outreach and organizing. These internships are not paid positions, but academic credit can be arranged.  During the winter and spring, interns work anywhere between 15-40 hours per week.  Internships are usually about ten weeks.    To apply, state any bilingual ability (helpful, not required) in the resume and state the number of hours the intern is able to work per week. Send a resume and cover letter to nqapia@gmail.comwith "Intern Applicant" in the subject.

8) Korean American League for Civic Action Internship Deadline: March 5, 2012

The KALCA Summer College Internship Program, now entering its 12th year, is a unique opportunity for college students and recent graduates of Asian descent with demonstrated leadership potential to gain practical, hands-on exposure to government, politics and non-profit advocacy. The program is focused on community leadership and public service and there is a summer stipend of $2,000.

Please click here to read the College Internship Program overview and to download the application. Applications must be emailed and postmarked on or before the deadline and sent to: Sandy Kim, Korean American League for Civic Action 149 West 24th St. 6th Floor, New York, NY 10011. Finalists will be required to be available for in-person interviews on Saturday, March 24, 2012 in New York City.

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