Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center



How to Apply: Please fill out this form for fall 2017 internships. 

Questions after reviewing the below descriptions?  Please contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang, Esq.   Please note that Advancing Justice-LA receives many internship applications and you will only be contacted if selected for an interview.  


Health Access Project

Programmatic Support / Outreach Intern
The Health Access Project (HAP) addresses the health-related needs of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, & Pacific Islander (AA/NHPI) communities and immigrants, focusing on increasing access to care as well as supporting community partners in educating and enrolling community members and small businesses.
Qualifications: HAP seeks an intern to provide programmatic and administrative support (e.g., grants management), and/or an intern who is interested in working on community outreach and advocacy, particularly around enrollment into healthcare services.  An applicant would ideally be committed to social justice and has a strong interest in health care issues and/or relevant healthcare law and policy. Undergraduate, graduate, and law student candidates welcome.  HAP also seeks a candidate with proficiency using MS PowerPoint, Word, and Excel (strong Excel skills a plus).
Duties may include, but are not limited to: conducting outreach and health program education in the AA/NHPI communities, working with statewide and local coalition partners on outreach and enrollment efforts; assisting with reporting grant deliverables to funders, and participating in training sessions.  Duties will include assisting with necessary administrative program support.  Duties may also include legal research and writing on health care issues; developing culturally and linguistically competent materials on health care reform; and assisting with public policy advocacy on health care issues. 
Language Requirements: Bilingual ability in a Mandarin, Cantonese, or any other AA/NHPI language and/or Spanish is highly preferred.
Schedule Requirements: For Fall 2017, prefer interns for a minimum commitment of 8 hours/week for 10 weeks.  Individuals who can commit more time will receive priority.  Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply. 

Leadership Development

Social Media Intern
Position Summary:
LDIR is seeking a part-time (16-24 hours/week) Intern committed to social justice issues with a background in (or a commitment to) human/intergroup relations programming and processes. The LDIR Intern will assist in providing programmatic and administrative support to the LDIR program, specifically by helping develop and maintain a comprehensive social media strategy to increase visibility and traffic for the LDIR program. The ideal candidate will be an innovative risk-taker with a good sense of humor and not afraid of conflict. The position creates opportunities for creativity and thinking outside the box. In addition, the position offers an incredible opportunity to support a community-based program working to address issues of structural and institutional oppression, equipping new leaders with skills and analysis to create sustainable community projects. 
Responsibilities and Duties:
Co-develop a social media strategy that supports the LDIR program; 
Regular maintenance of and updates to the LDIR website, donor database, email newsletter, and Facebook/Twitter pages;
Provide support to LDIR marketing and alumni engagement efforts; 
Provide support in developing and launching email campaigns; 
Provide support in the development and coordination of LDIR program events and trainings; 
Assist with other programmatic and administrative duties as assigned.
Commitment to social justice;
Ability to handle multiple tasks with support and supervision; 
Good oral and written communication skills;
Familiarity with Word Press, Mail Chimp, Salesforce, Wufoo, Facebook, Adobe Design Suite, Microsoft Word, Excel, and the Internet preferred;
Experience with creating and curating social media content related to social justice campaigns preferred; 
Ability to initiate and coordinate projects in a timely manner;
Ability to attend some evening and weekend meetings and events
Valid driver’s license and/or access to alternative means of transportation.
Interest in photography
Application Procedure:

Impact Litigation

The Impact Litigation Unit advocates for social justice through lawsuits that seek to enforce and expand protections for low-income and immigrant communities, set legal precedent on civil rights matters and change unlawful institutional practices. Our key cases have challenged unconstitutional laws, low-wage worker exploitation, human trafficking, and race and national origin discrimination.
Qualifications Requested: Strong legal research and writing skills, have prior work experience, a strong work ethic, and have demonstrated commitment to public interest work, civil rights and community empowerment.  Diverse 2L and 3L candidates, including candidates contemplating applying for post graduate fellowships in the future and seeking a host organization preferred.
Duties May Include: supporting attorneys in litigation in the areas of workers’ rights, immigrant rights, equal access to education, and other civil rights areas; conducting legal research and writing; and assisting with client-related tasks such as client interviewing and preparing for depositions.  Representative sample of cases actively litigated in 2016 and 2017:
  • Challenged employers who subjected Filipino guest workers to human trafficking, national origin discrimination, racketeering based on visa fraud, retaliation, and related common-law claims
  • Challenged group of inter-related companies who misclassified and exploited hundreds of Korean and Latino port truck drivers in violation of state labor law
  • Challenged luxury nail salon and spa that subjected Vietnamese nail salon manicurist to severe wage theft, wrongful termination, retaliation, and fraudulent transfers of assets 
  • Challenged the State of California’s failure to provide in-language Medi-Cal documents into threshold languages and denial of benefits in violation of due process
  • Challenged City of Fullerton’s current “at-large elections” voting scheme, which diluted the city’s Asian American voting power in violation of the California Voting Rights Act.
  • Numerous administrative advocacy cases, primarily before the State Labor Commissioner’s Office and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Language Requirements: Bilingual ability in English and Mandarin, Vietnamese, Khmer, Tagalog, or Spanish are highly preferred. Bilingual ability in English and any other Asian language also preferred.
Schedule Requirements: Impact Litigation seeks law clerks for Fall Semester 2017 for a minimum commitment of 16 hours/week for 10 weeks.  Individuals who can commit more time will receive priority.  Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply.   
To apply to any of the fall semester law clerk opportunities listed below, please complete the application form and upload a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references (application form located on our website at  Applications accepted until positions filled.  Note that we receive many applications for a limited number of opportunities, so please understand that we will only contact those applicants selected for an interview.  Please note that this is an unpaid externship. Students are responsible for obtaining their own funding as needed.  Candidates seeking externship or academic credit welcome to apply.  Please send questions via email to Christina Yang, Pro Bono Director, at [email protected].  No phone calls please.



For Legal Help

Advancing Justice - LA’s hotlines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights.

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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.