Clerkships and Internships

Our law clerks and interns make so much of our work possible. Join our team to do substantive policy and litigation work on behalf of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) works to advance the human and civil rights for Asian Americans, and build and promote a fair and equitable society for all. Advancing Justice | AAJC is one of the nation’s leading experts on issues of importance to the Asian American community including: census, immigration and immigrants’ rights, media diversity and voting rights. Since our founding – along with our Advancing Justice affiliates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta – we have enacted a sweeping range of programs on critical national issues that enrich, enhance and serve our communities all across the country.

Advancing Justice | AAJC is seeking student interns interested in gaining firsthand experience in civil rights advocacy. Interns are expected to commit to 16-20 hours per week during the winter/spring or summer semester, though specific start and end dates are flexible and weekly hours will be set upon selection. We will work with interns to ensure the position satisfies any course credit or curriculum requirements. Please note: Compensation, based upon financial need and other factors (e.g., hours of commitment, program parameters), will be provided for eligible interns and law clerks. 

We accept internship applications throughout the year and are still accepting applications for the summer. We are currently seeking interns for the summer 2022 semesters for the department below; the deadline to apply is March 31, 2022:

  1. Policy and Programs: The policy and programs departments seeks a policy intern and litigation intern/law clerk to work on its civil rights law, impact litigation, and/or public policy work. The policy and programs department is responsible for policy analysis, advocacy, litigation, and community engagement.


Policy and Programs:

  • Assist with policy and legislative research
  • Monitor federal legislative and administrative activity
  • Develop community outreach, education, and advocacy materials
  • Prepare staff for hearings, briefings, and meetings with policymakers, community groups, and civil rights organizations


  • Strong interest in Advancing Justice | AAJC’s work
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and work efficiently to meet deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse group as well as part of a team 
  • Computer skills, knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet research skills
  • If applying for Policy and Programs, prior policy or research experience is preferred for college students and prior experience with civil rights litigation or appellate practice through a law school clinic, internship, or summer job is preferred for law students.


To apply for an internship, please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to Please note if there is a specific department position you are interested in. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
*Resumes received without cover letters and writing samples will not be considered.