Empowering New York’s Asian American Community Since 1989

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Program & Communications Intern

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 programmatic and communications tasks.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Development & Communications, the Program & Communications Intern will assist in the creation and publication of communications content and campaigns that highlight AAF’s priority areas and provide support in development activities to engage donors and funders. The Intern will also work closely with the Program Coordinator to assist in the coordination of immigrant integration, Hope Against Hate Initiative, and mental health program events to address some of the most pressing needs of the Asian American community.

This internship requires a minimum commitment of 21 hours per week for eight (8) weeks, starting on or before June 6, 2022. A portion or the entirety of the internship may be remote.


  • Assist in developing newsletter content
  • Research and post news relevant to our programs and policy positions to social media
  • Assist in drafting and editing graphic design projects for use across social media and other platforms
  • Help set up and run social media campaigns to promote content, events, and programs
  • Edit video content for social media campaigns
  • Assist program team with event planning and execution
  • Assist program team in developing creative ways to promote events and programs
  • Execute programmatic tasks, such as survey creation, distribution, and analysis, as well as research of and outreach to community partners and potential speakers as needed
  • Assist in fundraising and development efforts
  • Capture data, videos, and photos of AAF events and programs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Pursuing or completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree related to communications or journalism
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Facility with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Experience with graphic design programs such as Canva and Google Draw
  • Experience with video editing programs
  • Experience creating outreach materials for both print and digital
  • A high degree of self-motivation, ability to take initiative, prioritize with minimal supervision, 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
  • Strong interest in issues affecting the Asian American community, social justice, and immigrants

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume with [Last Name, First Name] Program & Communications Intern in the subject line to [email protected] by no later than April 30, 2022. Applicants considered for the internship will be notified for an interview. No phone calls, please.