Empowering New York’s Asian American Community Since 1989

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Communications Intern – Summer 2023

The Asian American Federation (AAF), founded in 1989, is New York City’s most powerful leadership voice for better policies, services, and funding that lead to more justice and opportunity for Asian New Yorkers. Our mission is to raise the influence and well-being of the pan-Asian American community through research, policy advocacy, public awareness, and nonprofit support.

In collaboration with 70 member and partner community-based organizations, we serve the interests of 1.7 million New Yorkers from 20 ethnic groups—diverse in language, culture, and religion—that make up New York’s Asian community, by providing expert research and unrelenting advocacy; working with lawmakers to change policies; and training Asian nonprofits to better serve their communities.

We fight to keep the pan-Asian American community visible and to ensure our needs are met, our contributions are valued, and our stories are told.


This is a unique opportunity for a creative, organized, and motivated college or graduate student to work closely with the AAF team to execute and deliver a wide range of communications tasks.

Reporting to the Director of Development & Communications, the Communications Intern will assist in the creation and publication of communications content and campaigns that highlight AAF’s priority areas, including fundraising.

This internship requires a minimum commitment of 14-19 hours per week for 10-12 weeks, starting on or before May 22, 2023. The intern is expected to work with the team, one day a week, mostly Wednesdays, at AAF’s office in Queens. The rest of the internship may be remote. This internship is unpaid.


  • Assist in developing newsletter content
  • Work with members of the communications team to research and create posts for social media, draft graphic design projects and other tasks as assigned.
  • Edit video content
  • Assist in fundraising and development efforts
  • Capture data, videos, and photos of AAF events and programs


  • Pursuing or completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree related to communications or journalism
  • Strong interest in issues affecting the Asian American community, social justice, and immigrants
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Preference will be given to those with video editing skills
  • Facility with social media channels
  • Experience with graphic design programs such as Canva and the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience creating and editing materials for print and digital mediums
  • A high degree of self-motivation, ability to take initiative, and work independently as well as function as a member of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and be creative
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, flexible environment

All new staff must be vaccinated and must stay up to date with vaccines against the COVID-19 virus unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered a position with AAF, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by AAF.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume with [Last Name, First Name] Communications Intern in the subject line to [email protected] by no later than April 21, 2023. Applicants considered for the internship will be notified for an interview. No phone calls, please.

The Asian American Federation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.