Summer Internships- Apply Now! March 31 Priority Deadline

Summer 2012 Internships

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.  We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge homophobia and racism.

NQAPIA is seeking talented young people for internships in the following: 

National Conference Planning

Interns will assist in administration, programming, communications, and outreach for a national, pan-ethnic, multi-gender conference for LGBT AAPIs and their networks.  The conference will be held in the Washington, DC area July 2012.

National Advocacy for LGBT AAPIs

Interns will attend high level national policy meetings, congressional briefings, and other events to raise the concerns of LGBTs in mainstream civil rights issues, and of AAPIs in LGBT rights issues.  Interns will assist in coordinating a national conference of grassroots LGBT AAPI activists from across the nation to educate the community on policy matters.

LGBT Immigrants’ Rights and Immigration Reform

The intern will work directly with queer Asian immigrants and media professionals to develop testimonials and personal narratives that can be posted on websites, printed for publication, and developed for audio and video distribution.  The goal is to bring the real lives of queer Asian immigrants to the fore and to inspire others to come out and take action.  The intern will also assist in coordinating community press conferences and other community meetings.

Federation of AAPI LGBT Organizations

NQAPIA serves as a national convenor for LGBT AAPI communities and organizations.  Interns will support national efforts to reach out to LGBT AAPI organizations and initiatives to coordinate activity to build capacity and to amplify their voice.

Capacity Building Resources, Workshops, and Trainings

Interns will also have an opportunity to participate in developing an organizational tool kit with best practices and model documents; special trainings/workshops; being a voice for LGBT AAPI on current issues, and explore ways to promote LGBT AAPI engagement.

Description of 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.

Currently, these internships are not paid positions, but academic credit can be arranged.  Interns will be expected to work full time during the summer, and internships are usually about ten weeks.


To Apply:

Any bilingual ability should be stated in the resume.  Bilingual ability is helpful but not required. Applications should also state their dates of availability.  Applications received by March 31 will receive priority consideration.  Send a resume and cover letter to:

NQAPIA Intern Search

1322 18th Street, NW Washington, DC


Electronic submissions strongly preferred.  Please write: “Intern Applicant” in the Subject.


For more information, contact Ben de Guzman at or 202-422-4909.