Empowering New York’s Asian American Community Since 1989

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Development and Fundraising Intern – Fall 2022

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.


Reporting to the Associate Director of Development & Communications, the Development Intern provides general support to the Development Department, working in core areas such as donor relations, events, and foundation outreach. Interns will gain hands-on experience in how nonprofit development and fundraising works.

This internship requires a minimum commitment of 14-21 hours per week for 10-12 weeks, starting on or before September 19, 2022. A portion or the entirety of the internship may be remote.


  • Assist with maintaining database records
  • Conduct research on potential donors and summarize potential donor engagement opportunities
  • Assist in preparation and logistics for events
  • Depending on availability, provide assistance at events
  • Each internship position will also have its share of administrative support including but not limited to administrative duties like proofreading, file cleaning, and data entry

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Pursuing or completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree related to nonprofit administration
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Event planning experience a plus
  • Tech savvy, especially with Google Suite, Mailchimp, CRMs
  • A high degree of self-motivation, ability to 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
  • Strong interest in issues affecting the Asian American community, social justice, and immigrants

All new hires 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] Development Intern in the subject line to [email protected] by no later than September 12, 2022. Applicants considered for the internship will be notified for an interview. No phone calls, please.