The Asian America Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, is the first organization on the East Coast to protect and promote the legal rights of Asian Americans through litigation, legal advocacy, and community education. Current program priorities include economic ustice for workers, immigrants’ rights, voting rights and civic participation, language rights, affirmative action, the elimination of anti-Asian violence and police brutality, youth rights and educational equity, and the assistance of low-income Chinatown residents and workers affected by 9-11. For more info visit AALDEL’s website.
Summer interns attend weekloy brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups. AALDEF also provides trainings in housing law, naturalization procedures, and immigration law. The summer program is 10 weeks, approximately June 5 – Aug 11. The position in unpaid. However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding and work study funds may also be available. Academic credit can be arranged.
Voting Rights Intern: legal research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination expanding bilingual ballots, and counting votes cast by Asian Americans; advocacy on state and local election reform; produce reports and organize forums on the Asian American vote.
Korean Workers Project Intern: assisting in provision of direct legal services on employment-related claims to Korean immigrant workers, and community education/advocacy in collaboration with YKASEC – Empowering the Korean American Community.
Office Assistant: data entry, organizing press clippings, answering phones, doing mailings, assisting with fundraising and other events, and performing general clerical duties. Other responsibilities include providing support for community education and outreach projects and acting as an interpreter/translator. Computer experience with databases, graphics, and web programs are helpful. Bilingual ability in an Asian language is desirable but not required.
Qualified applicants should send a resume and cover letter by Wednesday March 1, 2006 to:
Summer Undergraduate Intern Search
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York, New York 10013
For more info, contact Jennifer Weng. Email: