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 spring 2020 internships.  Please fill out this form for summer 2020 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.


Impact Project - Summer General Law Clerk (Remote)

The Impact Project 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 through a mixture of litigation, direct services, and indirect advocacy. 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 policy advocacy, direct service, and litigation in the areas of workers’ rights, household economic rights, voters' rights, 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 recently 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 Summer 2020, seeking a remote law clerk for a minimum commitment of 40 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, through our website, social media, traditional and ethnic media, and other means.


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, interviewing and video editing skills. If you love telling stories and are unafraid of iMovie or Adobe Premiere, keep reading.   


  • 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


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
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Extremely organized
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • 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: Proficiency in a second language not required but appreciated.

Schedule Requirements: Communications seeks an intern for Spring 2020 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.  Full-time candidates preferred for Summer 2020.


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 Spring 2020, a minimum of 16 hours per 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.  Full-time candidates preferred for Summer 2020.


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.


Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

For more information or to apply to DRAI, please call: 

Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)  (213) 241-8872
Khmer  (213) 241-8877
Korean  (213) 241-8873
Tagalog  (213) 241-8874
Thai  (213) 241-8875
Vietnamese  (213) 241-8876
English/Other, Non-Spanish  (213) 241-8880
Spanish/English** (CARECEN)  (213) 315-2659
Spanish/English** (CHIRLA)  (213) 201-8700
 (213) 395-9547

*This list will continue to expand.
** Spanish assistance available through CARECEN & CHIRLA.
***We are experiencing heavier call volume than usual. We highly encourage you to call your native language phone line, the wait time may be shorter. 

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.