Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Internships

Internships

How to Apply: Please fill out this form for spring/winter 2019 internships.  Please fill out this form for summer 2019 internships.  Please fill out this form for fall 2019 internships.

 

Questions after reviewing the below descriptions?  Please contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang.   Please note that Advancing Justice-LA receives many internship applications and you will only be contacted if selected for an interview.  No phone calls please.

 

Immigration Project 

The Immigration Project at Advancing Justice-Los Angeles assists immigrants nationally and locally who are seeking help with immigration relief such as DACA renewals, U Visa, VAWA, adjustment of status, representation in immigration court, and other forms of family-based immigration. The Immigration Project hosts free in-house and off-site workshops and information sessions in Los Angeles County to assist undocumented immigrants for little to no cost. Immigration consultations are also available in-person or over the phone by appointment only.

Immigration Project Law Clerk

Qualifications include: Experience working with immigrants or with low-income communities is preferred. Demonstrated commitment to public interest and prior non-profit experience also preferred.  Experience working in an office setting or law office is helpful.

Duties may include, but are not limited to: Provide support for casework, including, but not limited to: following up on intake calls, conducting interviews or immigration screenings with prospective clients, follow-up with existing clients, preparing  immigration applications, drafting client declarations, and conducting limited legal research. Interns/law clerks will also perform certain administrative duties as needed.  Duties may also include data entry, and interpretation and translation work, based on the candidate’s bilingual fluency.

Language Requirements: Bilingual fluency in English and Korean preferred but not required. 

Schedule Requirements:  For Summer 2019, seeking law clerks for a minimum commitment of 40 hours/week for 10 weeks. Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply.

 

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.
 
Litigation General Law Clerk (SUMMER POSITIONS FILLED; FALL POSITIONS OPEN)
 
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:

  • 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: For Fall 2019, seeking a law clerk 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.

 

Litigation Unit Projects Intern

Qualifications Requested: Strong research and writing skills, attention to detail, strong work ethic, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest work, civil rights, and community empowerment.  Diverse upper level college students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Duties May Include: Supporting project-based work and assisting the litigation paralegal with other duties, including but not limited to:

  • Research;
  • Data analysis;
  • Creating content for ethnic media publication;
  • Translating written materials from English to Chinese;
  • Administrative tasks, including data entry, scanning, copying, creating packets for workshops, and similar tasks.

Current projects include affirmative action, voting rights, caregivers’ rights, and nail salon workers’ rights.

Language Requirements: Bilingual ability in English and Mandarin is highly preferred. Bilingual ability in English and any other Asian language also preferred.

Schedule Requirements:  Impact Litigation seeks an intern for Spring 2019 or Fall 2019 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.  For Summer 2019, seeking an intern for a minimum commitment of 40 hours/week for 10 weeks.

 

Survivor and Family Empowerment (SAFE) Project - Assisting Domestic Violence Survivors 

The SAFE Project assists low-income and limited-English-speaking survivors of domestic violence with family law services, including helping them obtain restraining orders, child custody, and support orders. 

SAFE Law Clerk (SUMMER AND FALL 2019 POSITIONS FILLED; SPRING 2020 POSITIONS OPEN)

Qualifications include: Experience working with domestic violence survivors or with low-income immigrant communities is preferred. Demonstrated commitment to public interest and prior non-profit experience also preferred.  Experience working in an office setting or law office is helpful.

Duties may include, but are not limited to: Provide support for casework, including, but not limited to: conducting interviews with prospective clients, follow-up with existing clients, preparing family law paperwork, drafting client declarations, and conducting limited legal research. Interns/law clerks will also perform certain administrative duties as needed.  Duties may also include interpretation and translation work, based on the candidate’s bilingual fluency.

Language Requirements: Bilingual fluency in English and one of the following languages strongly preferred: Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, or a South Asian language (Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati), or Thai

Schedule RequirementsFor Fall 2019, seeking interns (law students or recent law school graduates only) for a minimum commitment of 15 hours/week for 10 weeks.  Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply. 

 

Communications Multimedia Intern

The Advancing Justice-LA Communications team supports the organization’s programs, events, and advocacy, though our website, social media, traditional and ethnic media, and other means.

Description

Advancing Justice-LA is looking for a qualified intern to join our Communications team. Our Communications team works on a broad range of projects to support our organization’s policy goals and litigation. We are embarking upon a unique project that requires strong storytelling and video editing. If you love telling stories and are unafraid of iMovie or Adobe Premiere, keep reading.    

Responsibilities

  • Shape and edit videos for public consumption
  • Organize and maintain video and photo assets
  • Work with the Communications team on developing multimedia best practices
  • Develop and create videos and graphics for social media channels
  • Writing social media copy and blog posts on a range of topics

 

Qualifications

A successful intern in this position will have the following qualities and attributes:

  • Digital design skills
  • Proficiency in iMovie or Adobe Premiere
  • Ability to work both in a collaborative environment and independently
  • Extremely organized
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize multiple competing deadlines and tasks
  • Proficiency in Google Drive (Gmail, Calendars, Docs, etc.)
  • Excellent critical thinking/problem-solving skills
  • Experience working in fast-paced environments

 

Language Requirements: None.

Schedule Requirements: Communications seeks an intern for Spring 2019 or Fall 2019 for a minimum commitment of 15 hours/week for 10 weeks.  Individuals who can commit more time will receive priority. Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply.  For Summer 2019, seeking an intern for a minimum commitment of 40 hours/week for 10 weeks.

 

Project Assistant Intern - Special Events and Development

Advancing Justice - LA’s Development Unit leads our organization’s efforts in fundraising and plans Special Events to build relationships and strengthen support for our programs and operations.

The Project Assistant Intern will provide project support to the Development Unit and works under the supervision and direction of the Special Events Manager and the Director of Individual Giving & Corporate Relations. This is an opportunity to work on a variety of special projects including an Advisory Council Luncheon and the Annual Anniversary Gala dinner.  These events and projects are vital to the relationship-building we do with our supporters and donors, and this is a great opportunity to learn more about fundraising at a major legal services and civil rights/advocacy nonprofit in the Los Angeles area. 

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in coordination of special events, the intern will assist with logistics, mailings, book/flyer design and other tasks related to the planning and execution of special events. 
  • Providing some key administrative support.  This could include donor/supporter-related research, database management, meeting support and other miscellaneous duties.

Qualifications include: The ideal intern should be a quick learner, a problem solver and have a strong attention to detail as well as work well under pressure and be able to timely meet quick deadlines.

Microsoft Office, computer and general administrative skills required; prior event-planning and project management experience preferred.  Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply.

Language Requirement: None

Schedule Requirements: For Summer 2019, a minimum of 24 hours per week (3 days a week) is preferred. Schedules can be flexible. Some work after business hours may be needed for certain special events. Individuals who can commit more time will receive priority. Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit are welcome to apply.

 

 

Agency Description:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA (Advancing Justice-LA) is the nation’s largest Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983, Advancing Justice-LA’s 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. Advancing Justice-LA seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of the AANHPI communities while also building a strong AANHPI voice for civil rights and social justice. Advancing Justice-LA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
हिंदी 855.971.2552

ត្រូវការជំនួយជាភាសាខ្មែរ:

800.867.3126
도움이 필요하십니까?: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583
Cần sự giúp đỡ: 800.267.7395

 

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.