NQAPIA Internships Available: Winter and Spring 2013


Winter and Spring 2013

The fabulous life of an NQAPIA Intern!

Looking to work for social justice in AAPI LGBT communities?  Want interesting work with a fabulous team and a grassroots network of fabulous organizations?

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

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Multilingual Visibility Campaign

NQAPIA aims to improve the visibility of LGBTs in the mainstream AAPI community and of AAPIs in the broader LGBT community.  Interns will assist in developing a multilingual education campaign that includes outreach to the Asian ethnic media and educational pieces translated into several Asian languages.

  • Capacity Building Resources, Workshops, and Trainings

Interns will also have an opportunity to participate in activities to build the capacity of AAPI LGBT organizations, with a focus on planning a Leadership Training and Issue Briefing Summit for member organizations.


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, and administrative support.  Successful intern applications will stress qualities such as experience and passion for the issues and communities served, skills relevant to the activities described, and additional traits such as attention to detail, organization skills, and professional demeanor.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting immediately.  These internships are not paid positions, but academic credit can be arranged.  During the Winter and Spring terms, interns work anywhere between 25-40 hours per week.  Internships are usually last about ten weeks and generally are expected to run between January and May (depending on the term) on a schedule agreed upon by the intern and NQAPIA.

Internships will be based in NQAPIA’s Washington, DC headquarters near Dupont Circle.  On a case-by-case basis, internships may be based elsewhere, again as agreed upon by both the intern and NQAPIA.


To Apply:

Any bilingual ability should be stated in the resume.  Bilingual ability is helpful but not required. Applications should also state the number of hours the intern is able to work per week.  Send a resume and cover letter to:

NQAPIA Intern Search

1322 18th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20036

Email: nqapia@gmail.org

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


For more information, contact Ben de Guzman at ben_deguzman@nqapia.org or 202-422-4909.