[] ECAASU [] Mid-April Digest

Hey all,

A couple more weeks until the end of the school year for many of us. Hope everyone has been going through the newsletters and looking at the amazing opportunities available for this summer. Enjoy the rest of the school year. Your ECAASU Family

-------------------------------------------- DIGEST HIGHLIGHTS:

Announcements: 1. APIAVote: ECAASU Summer Internship

Opportunities: 2. JACL 2012 Collegiate Leadership Conference 3. Voter Engagement Training in NYC for the Asian American Community 4. SEARAC: Leadership & Advocacy Training 5. Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund: Fall 2012 Internships 6. Asian Americans for Equality: Seeking Community Organizing Intern



1) APIAVote: ECAASU Summer Internship Deadline: April 26, 2012 Looking for a paid internship with APIAVote in Washington DC? The APIAVote Internship Program strives to encourage and cultivate young AAPI student leaders to explore a career in the public sector or the political arena. This internship program will also provide hands on experience and training on how to organize and implement voter activities to increase the participation of AAPIs in the electoral process. Apply today for APIAVote's ECAASU Internship Program. Learn how you can make a difference in ensuring that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a voice in this election. For more information, click here.

2) JACL 2012 Collegiate Leadership Conference Date: Thursday, June 7 - Sunday, June 10, 2012 (Arrival by 4pm, Thursday, June 7, 2012) Deadline: Friday, May 4, 2012

Applications are available through the JACL website or by request here. The 2012 JACL Collegiate Washington, D.C. Leadership Conference is an intensive three-day leadership development program that introduces Asian Pacific American student leaders to the national policy-making arena. Participants will be briefed on legislative issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community and examine the role Asian Pacific American civil rights organizations play in affecting public policy in the nation's capital. They will also have the chance to meet and work with student leaders representing colleges and universities from throughout the country and learn ways to effectively address issues and create positive social change on their own campuses and beyond.

 Eligibility Requirements:
Applicant must be an Asian Pacific American undergraduate freshman, sophomore or junior class student attending an accredited college or university on a full-time basis.

3) Voter Engagement Training in NYC for the Asian American Community Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 12:00PM - 6:00PM

The MinKwon Center for Community Action and APIA Vote invite you to a Voter Engagement Training for the Asian American community in New York City. This event is part of a series of nation-wide leadership trainings for non-profit staff, volunteers and students who will be reaching out to the Asian American community for the 2012 elections. As part of the Norman Y. Mineta Leadership Institute, this training covers how to run an effective voter-mobilization program and incorporate civic participation into an organization and or coalition’s existing structure. (Lunch and dinner will be provided)

Contact James Hong at             718-460-5600       or james.hong@minkwon.org for more information. Please RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDMtcFJsUDR0Y2pGdUVvdHNVSTVPd1E6MQ

4) SEARAC: South East Asia Research Action Center: Leadership & Advocacy Training Deadline: April 29, 2012

SEARAC is now accepting applications for their 14th annual Leadership & Advocacy Training. This training is open to any applicants who are Southeast Asian American or who work with Southeast Asian American communities across the country. The training will be held from July 15-17 in Washington, D.C. The application is available here. For more information visit the SEARAC Leadership & Advocacy Training page. Direct questions to Riamsalio (Kao) at riamsalio@searac.org or by phone at             (202) 667-4690      .

5) AALDEF: Fall 2012 Voting Rights Internships 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.


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:

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) 99 Hudson Street, 12th floor New York, New York 10013-2815 fax: 212-966-4303 Email: votingrights@aaldef.org

Any questions please contact Chi-Ser Tran at             212-966-5932       or ctran@aaldef.org.

6) Asian Americans for Equality: Seeking Community Organizing Intern Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) is seeking a Community Organizing Intern to begin immediately and stay on until the end of June 2012. The intern will play a critical role in strengthening tenants’ rights and housing organizing programs in the neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Woodside, and Elmhurst, Queens. The intern must commit to 6-10 hours per week (not on Monday or Friday). S/he must be comfortable interacting closely with residents of various communities in Sunnyside, Woodside, and Elmhurst. S/he must have capacity in one or more Asian languages, preferably Chinese or Korean.

The intern should expect to be in the field most of the time. Responsibilities will include: doorknocking and surveying building residents, translating tenants’ rights material into language(s) in which intern has capacity, helping to set up and run housing workshops, assisting in research on neighborhood issues, government programs, city codes, etc. S/he may also be needed at occasional evening or weekend events (about 2 per month). If you are interested, please email a resume and cover letter, or direct any questions you might have, to: esther_choi@aafe.org.


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