Position: CAA Graduate Student Summer Intern
Employer: Chinese for Affirmative Action
Stipend: Up to $1,150/week total including funding from intern’s school
Hours: Full-time; non-exempt, from 5/28/24 to 8/9/24
Deadline: Open until filled
Posting: January 2024

About CAA and AACRE  

Chinese for Affirmative Action was founded in 1969 to protect the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans and to advance multiracial democracy in the United States. Today, CAA is a progressive voice in and on behalf of the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander community. We advocate for systemic change that protects immigrant rights, promotes language diversity, and remedies racial and social injustice. 

In 2014, CAA helped to launch the Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE) network that focuses on long-term movement building, capacity infrastructure, and leadership support for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders committed to social justice. Including CAA, there are currently 11 partnering member groups with unique strengths.  Fiscal sponsorship, administrative, and operational support is provided centrally for all of these groups so they can focus on their core programs. 

More recently, CAA, along with AAPI Equity Alliance and the San Francisco State University Asian American Studies Department, launched the Stop AAPI Hate coalition to document and respond to incidents of hate at the local, state, and national levels. The mission of Stop AAPI Hate is to advance equity, justice, and power by dismantling systemic racism and building a multiracial movement to end anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander hate. This is an exciting period of growth and impact for Stop AAPI Hate. Due to the extraordinary demand and support for our work, we are poised to deepen and expand our reach and engagement throughout the country. 

At the grassroots level, our community building work nurtures the ability of immigrants to participate fully in civic life. These activities include direct services, leadership development, and civic engagement with limited-English proficient newcomers and immigrants on issues that impact our community. At the systemic level, CAA leads advocacy, communications, and movement building work to improve public policy and shape public discourse. We produce community-based research, publish policy analyses and recommendations, influence opinion through media, organize to engage elected and government officials, and nurture a range of progressive coalitions.

Position Overview

CAA is seeking a summer intern to work on policy research and advocacy. This is an opportunity to work with a small, close-knit team in a mission-driven, start-up environment. The summer internship program is designed to include traditional internship elements, such as brown bag lunches and guest speakers, and community building opportunities, such as staff retreats and field trips.

The intern’s responsibilities may include and are not limited to: 

  • Conducting policy and legal research 
  • Drafting memoranda, internal documents, and public-facing materials
  • Identifying, tracking, and analyzing legislation and other policy initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels 
  • Developing policy recommendations 
  • Attending meetings, hearings, and briefings
  • Representing CAA and Stop AAPI Hate at external meetings
  • Engaging in related direct service, programmatic, and advocacy work 
  • Supporting CAA and Stop AAPI Hate staff and volunteers 
  • Other duties as assigned

The intern reports to the Policy Manager and is expected to work 40 hours/week on Pacific Standard Time, for 10 weeks, beginning 5/28/24 and ending 8/9/24 (please note: CAA’s office will be closed between 7/1-7/5/2024). Due to COVID-19, the position is remote and not limited to applicants from the San Francisco Bay Area, although there may be opportunities to meet in person if the intern resides in the Bay Area. The intern uses their own computer with access to CAA email and requisite tools.

CAA encourages candidates to secure outside funding (e.g., through school). CAA supplements any funding provided by the intern’s school, so that the intern receives a total weekly stipend of $1,150. 


  • A graduate degree in law, policy, public administration, or a related field, either completed or in progress 
  • Strong commitment to the mission and values of AACRE, CAA, and Stop AAPI Hate, including a commitment to social justice, equity, and civic engagement
  • Familiar with the process of policymaking and/or specific policy areas, such as civil rights, education equity, immigration, language diversity, economic justice, and/or community safety and justice 
  • Excellent writing skills 
  • Comfortable with fluid and fast-paced environments
  • Open to direction, learning, and feedback
  • Strong desire to learn and grow professionally 
  • Respectful and communicative with colleagues and coalition partners 
  • Willing to pitch in, from bringing your ideas and judgment to the table to rolling up your sleeves to get the work done

To Apply 

Please email a cover letter and resume to employment@caasf.org. In the subject line, please write “CAA Policy Summer Intern.” In your cover letter, please include 1) your interest in the internship; 2) relevant life, education, and/or work experience; and 3) your earliest start date and the weeks you are available for the internship. Include a writing sample of three to five pages, and two to three references. 

Candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP, as applications will be reviewed and decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

CAA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and immigrants are encouraged to apply. We will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.