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API Equality-LA Internship Program

API Equality-LA’s internship program serves to introduce individuals who are passionate about equal rights for Asians and Pacific Islanders (API) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities to community organizing and advocacy work.  The program will provide students with the theoretical foundations and practical skills to effectively organize in the API and LGBT communities.  The foundation areas include readings and discussions on API attitudes toward sexuality, the treatment of race within the LGBT community, and the socio-historical intersections of racial, sexual, and gender identities and persecution.  The practical skills trainings involve outreaching to and working with communities of interests, doing fundraising, planning events, recruiting volunteers, developing strategic plans, and much more!

This internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as people who graduated within the last two years. The internship will:

  • Last a minimum of eight weeks
  • Require a commitment of at least 10 hours/week
  • Be based at API Equality-LA’s office in the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, located at 1137 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017
  • Be unpaid, though API Equality-LA can work with students to arrange for academic credit

PLEASE NOTE: API Equality-LA is flexible and will work with students to determine exact hours as well as duration of internship.


  1. Work with API Equality-LA’s staff, volunteers, and committees to:
    1. Maintain API Equality-LA’s online presence via social media and the organization website
    2. Work with API ethnic media to ensure accurate and comprehensive reporting of LGBT issues
    3. Outreach to the API community at cultural festivals and parades to increase support for LGBT rights
    4. Strategize and lead volunteer recruitment efforts
    5. Speak to and build coalitions with communities of faith, youth (including students), and  community-based organizations
    6. Develop and plan events to raise funds for the organization
  2. Assist staff with day-to-day operations, including various administrative and programmatic coalition functions
  3. Perform other responsibilities and projects as they arise
  4. Participate in meetings and events as needed

PLEASE NOTE:  Interns’ responsibilities are flexible.  API Equality-LA takes interns’ interests into serious consideration when assigning responsibilities.


  1. Commitment to a broad and inclusive social justice movement
  2. Desire to work with diverse communities and organizations
  3. Strong organizational skills
  4. Good oral and written communication skills
  5. Good “people skills”
  6. Interest in advocacy and public policy
  7. Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with coalition partners/allies


  1. Knowledge of and experience in API and LGBT history, experience, and culture
  2. Demonstrated leadership experience
  3. Knowledge of or contacts in the API and LGBT communities in Los Angeles
  4. Fluency in an API language (especially Tagalog, Mandarin, and Cantonese)

To Apply

Please email a resume, cover letter that details for which quarter/semester you are applying, contact information for two references to Andy Su at andy@apiequalityla.org or mail to: Andy Su, API Equality-LA, 1137 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Following your email, we will email you an application form for you to indicate your available times and dates.

Deadline to apply for the Summer 2016 Internship has passed. Details here.

Special Projects

API Equality-LA also welcomes interns who want to work with API Equality-LA on special projects.

Special projects in the past include:

  • A study of the attitudes of Chinese-speaking Americans toward LGBT people and issues
  • An analysis of API Equality-LA’s presence on the internet
  • A strategy report on persuading Chinese Americans in Los Angeles County to support LGBT equality.

Please email Andy Su at andy@apiequalityla.org with any queries.