Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Internship Programs
Please note that this list will be updated time to time.
- NCAPA Member Organization Internship Programs
- Marita Etcubañez, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
- Lakshmi Sridaran, Interim Co-Executive Director, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
- Navdeep Singh, Policy Director, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
- Rita Pin Ahrens, Executive Director, OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates (OCA)
- Anna Byon, Education Policy Advocate, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
- Adam P. Carbullido, Director of Policy and Advocacy, The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
- Iyanrick John, Senior Policy Strategist, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
Housing & Economic Justice
- Kristina Romines, Program Manager, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA)
- Kham S. Moua, Immigration Policy Advocate, Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
- Megan Essaheb, Director of Immigration Advocacy, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
- Vivian Chang, Civic Engagement Manager, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA)
NCAPA 2019 Executive Committee
- Co-Chair: John C. Yang, President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC
Co-Chair: Alvina Yeh, Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA)
- Treasurer: Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)
Becky Belcore, Co-Director, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
Jeffrey Caballero, Executive Director, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
- Anjula Singh, Executive Director, South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA)
Gregg Orton, National Director
Gregg is the National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans where he leads the coalition in developing policy and communications strategy and advancing a joint agenda to address the needs of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities.
Gregg joins NCAPA after spending nine years working on Capitol Hill for Rep. Al Green (D-TX). He has served as a dedicated advocate for the AAPI community, as well as a mentor for many AAPI staffers in Congress.
Gregg hails from Arcadia, CA and attended Vassar College where he earned his B.A. in Political Science. Following graduation, he came to DC as an Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Housing Fellow and joined Rep. Green’s office. He most recently served as the Congressman’s Chief of Staff.
Young Noh Jung, Policy/Communications Associate
Young is passionate about creating equitable cities, international relations, and making great cups of coffee.
Sina Uipi, EPIC Policy Associate
AAPA strives to advance the mental health and well-being of Asian American communities through research, professional practice, education, and policy.
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) works with communities to mobilize in order to influence policy and to strengthen their community-based organizations to achieve health equity for AAs and NHPIs across the country.
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit provider of college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). APIASF creates opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education; thereby developing future leaders who will excel in their careers, serve as role models in their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a more vibrant America.
APIAVote is a national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation. APIAVote envisions a world that is inclusive, fair, and collaborative, and where Asian Americans and Pacific Islander communities are self-determined, empowered, and engaged.
The mission of Asian Americans Advancing Justice is to promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities. AAJC envisions a fair and equitable society for all that ensures civil and human rights for Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and other communities.
The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.
Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, is the first and only national organization of Asian Pacific American (APA) union members. Since its founding, APALA has played a unique role in addressing the workplace issues of the 660,000 APA union members and as the bridge between the broader labor movement and the APA community. Backed with strong support of the AFL-CIO, APALA has 18 chapters and pre-chapters and a national office in Washington, D.C.
Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL) is a national health justice organization working to achieve health equity for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities. The mission of APPEAL is to champion social justice and achieve parity and empowerment for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders by supporting and mobilizing community-led movements through advocacy and leadership development on critical public health issues.
AAPCHO is a national association of community health organizations serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. AAPCHO is dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration, and leadership that improves the health status and access of these medically underserved communities.
AREAA is dedicated to promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American communities by creating a powerful national voice for housing and real estate professionals that serve this dynamic market.
Boat People SOS (BPSOS) seeks to empower individuals, strengthen families, and build communities through direct services, advocacy, community organizing & development, leadership development, grassroots media, research, and international initiatives. From rescuing boat people on the high seas, to protecting workers' rights, to training refugees with citizenship lessons and life skills to providing Katrina and Ike victims with relief services, BPSOS programs and services have changed countless lives, impacted US and international policies, and fostered a more humane and democratic society.
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.
The mission of the Center for Asian Pacific American Women is to develop Asian Pacific women nationwide to achieve success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives, and to lead positive change in their workplace and communities. They seek to be the organization every Asian Pacific woman in the United States looks to for personal and professional growth and development.
The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) is dedicated to capacity building and providing support services to agencies and organizations focused primarily on Native communities in Hawaii and the Pacific. The mission of CNHA is to enhance the well-being of Hawaii through the cultural, economic, political and community development of Native Hawaiians.
EPIC is a national organization based in Los Angeles and was established in 2009 by a group of young Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) leaders who recognized the urgency to address the growing needs of NHPI families. With experiences ranging from grassroots organizing to higher education administration, these young leaders identified an immediate need to build a strong and unified advocacy voice for NHPIs; a need for data that serve as testament to the needs of NHPI families; and a need for a pipeline of strong leaders who can be advocates and influencers in, and on behalf of, the community. Since its inception, EPIC has rooted its work in advocating on behalf of NHPI families; building partnerships within and outside the NHPI community; creating tools and resources to support organizational and community capacity; and developing leaders and advocates. EPIC is fiscally sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles.
Hmong National Development, Inc. (HND) is a national, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization. Hmong National Development, INC. (HND) seeks to empower the Hmong community to achieve prosperity and equality through education, research, policy advocacy and leadership development.
The Japanese American Citizens League is a national organization whose mission is to secure and safeguard the civil and human rights of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans and all communities who are affected by injustice and bigotry. The leaders and members of the JACL also work to promote and preserve the heritage and legacy of the Japanese American Community.
The mission of the organization is to mobilize Laotian Americans by promoting social and economic advancement through civic participation and public policy advocacy.
LEAP’s mission is to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders through leadership, empowerment, and policy. Envisioned as a vehicle to develop future leaders, LEAP is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) through leadership, empowerment, and policy.
NAAPIMHA’s mission is to promote the mental health and well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Since its founding, NAAPIMHA strives to raise awareness of the role of mental health in an individual’s health and well-being, especially in Asian American Pacific Islander communities throughout the country.
NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and approximately 70 national, state, and local bar associations. NAPABA engages in legislative and policy advocacy, promotes APA political leadership and political appointments, and builds coalitions within the legal profession and the community at large. NAPABA also serves as a resource for government agencies, members of Congress, and public service organizations about APAs in the legal profession, civil rights, and diversity in the courts.
National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA) is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to addressing the alcohol, tobacco, and other drug issues of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) populations on the continental U.S., Hawaii, the six Pacific Island jurisdictions and elsewhere. Founded in 1988, NAPAFASA involves service providers, families, and youth in efforts to reach API communities to promote health and social justice and to reduce substance abuse and related problems.
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum was established to build and sustain a national, progressive, multi-issue movement of API women to address civil rights, economic justice, educational access, ending violence against women, health, and immigrant/refugee rights.
The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging seeks to advocate on behalf of the AAPI aging community at the local, state, and national levels, to educate AAPI seniors and the general public on the unique needs of the APA aging community, and to empower AAPI seniors and the aging network to meet the increasing challenges facing the AAPI aging community.
The National Association of Asian American Professionals is a non-profit organization that cultivates and empowers Asian & Pacific Islander leaders through professional development, community service, and networking. In order to achieve our goals, NAAAP offers a diverse range of professional development programs on the local and national level, engages its membership in community service and organizes professional networking events.
The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) is the first national advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the housing, community and economic development needs of diverse and growing Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development's (National CAPACD) mission is to improve the quality of life for low-income Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by promoting economic vitality, civic and political participation, and racial equity.
NCAPIP is a national organization of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) physicians that advocate for the health and well-being of our patients and communities. The overarching mission of NCAPIP is to improve the health of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) patients and communities, and by addressing the health inequities present in that population, contributing to more optimal health for all patients.
NaFFAA is the largest national affiliation of Filipino American institutions, umbrella organizations and individuals. The primary objectives of NaFFAA are to promote active participation of Filipino Americans in civic and national affairs and in all other aspects of mainstream America, promote awareness of Filipino American contributions to social, economic, cultural and political life in the United States, secure social justice, equal opportunity and fair treatment of Filipino Americans through advocacy and legislative and policy initiatives at all levels of government, strengthen community institutions that promote the cultural heritage of Filipino and eliminate prejudices, stereotypes and ignorance of Filipino Americans.
The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) was founded in 1994 during a political turning point for Korean Americans. The purpose of NAKASEC is to project a national progressive voice on major civil rights and immigrant rights issues and promote the full participation of Korean Americans with the greater goal of building a national movement for social change.
The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander organizations. NQAPIA seeks to build the capacity of local LGBT AAPI organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias. NQAPIA is an independent non-profit organization.
OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, touching tens of thousands of individuals each year through its extensive network of over 100 chapters, affiliates, and partners from around the country. In addition, the organization strives to foster development, leadership, and engagement through its various programs.
Payu-ta is a support system that promotes and strengthens member organizations' capacity and advocates for a progressive and sustainable Guam community. Payu-ta's vision is to be a collaborative partnership that maximizes resources and responds efficiently and effectively for positive community impact.
SALDEF is a national Sikh American media, policy, and education organization. SALDEF’s mission is to empower Sikh Americans by building dialogue, deepening understanding, promoting civic and political participation, and upholding social justice and religious freedom for all Americans. We are grounded in our values of optimism (chardi kala), humility (nimrata) and service (seva), inspired by the community (sangat) for the benefit of all (sarbat da bhalla).
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that elevates the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States. SAALT is the only national, staffed South Asian organization that advocates around issues affecting South Asian communities through a social justice framework.
The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA North America) (formerly North American South Asian Bar Association or NASABA) provides a vital link between South Asian lawyers and the South Asian community across North America. As a bar association, SABA North America affords South Asian lawyers across the continent a recognized forum for professional growth and advancement.
SEARAC is a national organization that advances the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities through advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building to create a socially just and equitable society. SEARAC envisions a socially, politically and economically just society for all communities to enjoy for all generations.
*Indicates affiliate member
The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), founded in 1996, is a coalition of 34 national Asian Pacific American organizations around the country. Based in Washington D.C., NCAPA serves to represent the interests of the greater Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities and to provide a national voice for AA and NHPI issues.
Mission: We are a coalition of national Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander organizations striving for equity and justice by organizing our diverse strengths to influence policy and shape public narratives.
Vision: We envision a world where Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders work together to shape our own future as part of the broader racial justice movement and advance our communities and country towards a common purpose of progress, prosperity and well-being for all.