NQAPIA legal internships

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)


Since the Election of Donald Trump, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance’s legal program has expanded to include greater impact litigation and direct legal services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders (APIs).  NQAPIA is a federation of LGBTQ API organizations. NQAPIA is seeking talented law students to assist in the following legal projects:

  • Impact Litigation for LGBT APIs: NQAPIA federal appellate advocacy participates in impact litigation to inform the courts and the public of the impact certain laws will have on LGBT Asian Americans, LGBTs of color, and LGBT immigrants.  NQAPIA led the LGBT brief in the legal challenge to President Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban, and lawsuits defending immigrant sanctuary cities in Texas, California, and Chicago. Legal interns assist in legal research, writing appellate briefs, and learn federal amicus practice.
  • Legal Services for LGBT APIs: More and more LGBT Asian Americans and LGBT immigrants are seeking legal advice on a range of issues in family, immigration, and criminal law.  Interns conduct legal intakes, issue-spot areas of law, and refer client matters to practitioners in specific areas of law in particular jurisdictions.
  • Legal Trainings: Interns develop, administer and, in some instances, give “Know Your Rights” workshops for LGBT API community leaders and organizations across the nation.  Topics include immigrants’ rights, trans rights, nonprofit law, and 501c3 compliance.
  • Advocacy for LGBT APIs: NQAPIA advocates on a range of federal and state public policy issues that affect LGBT Asian Americans, LGBTs of color, and LGBT immigrants.  Interns research the LGBT impact of mainstream civil rights issues and the racial impact of LGBT rights issues. Interns develop policy papers, write updates, and conduct administrative agency advocacy on various issues at the intersection of racial justice and queerness.

Description of Internships.  

NQAPIA legal interns conduct legal research, hone their legal writing skills, understand federal appellate advocacy, and conduct client intakes.  NQAPIA interns are supervised and supported by seasoned civil rights attorneys. Interns also learn parallel social change strategies in grassroots organizing and public education/ media.  

These internships are not paid positions, but academic credit can be arranged.  During the academic year, interns work between 10-25 hours per week. During the summer, at least 25 hours to full-time.  Internships typically last ten (10) weeks. Interns may work remotely from other parts of the country.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter, stating the number of hours they are looking to work per week, if academic credit is sought, and any bilingual ability (helpful bit not required) to:

NQAPIA Legal Intern Search

Email: glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org

Write: “Intern Applicant: NAME” in the Subject.  

For more information, contact Glenn D. Magpantay, Esq. at glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org or 917-439-3158.  Or goto www.nqapia.org