White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Seeking Interns

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is Seeking Interns for Spring 2011.

The Initiative is responsible for the implementation of the President’s Executive Order 13515 dated October 14, 2009.  Its purpose is to develop, monitor, and coordinate executive branch efforts to improve the quality of life of AAPIs through increased participation in federal programs. The Initiative is housed at the Department of Education but its scope is government-wide.

The Initiative has a very small staff and a very broad mandate, which means that the work is plentiful and interesting.  We believe that our interns have much to contribute, and we value them highly.

Intern Duties

Duties for interns may include:

  • Performing research on AAPI issue areas, including education, health, sustainable neighborhoods, economic development, civil rights, and labor and employment
  • Writing policy memos and proposals to improve government programs for AAPIs
  • Conducting outreach to national and local AAPI organizations, elected officials, and ethnic media outlets
  • Creating communication strategies around social media
  • Coordinating events

Intern Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student (must be enrolled at least half-time)
  • Outstanding research and writing skills
  • Experience working with AAPI communities or familiarity with the issues
  • Detail-oriented
  • Team player
  • Advanced knowledge of various software applications to include but not limited to Microsoft Office
  • Communications experience is a plus!


Interns are eligible for transit benefits, which cover the cost of commuting to and from work on public transportation.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample with the subject “SPRING INTERNSHIP 2010” to Audrey Buehring at audrey.buehring@ed.gov by October 15, 2010. Please be advised that if selected to work as an intern, you will have to undergo a security background check.

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