Center for Asian American Studies
Center for Asian American Studies

Asian American Studies Community Internship Program

Earn course credit while getting real world work experience!

Through the Community Internship Program students will integrate knowledge of Asian American Studies with experiences gained in real world work settings. Students will have the opportunity for academic and professional growth by engaging in work experiences fostering communication, interpersonal, and analytical skills.

To earn course credit for the internship undergraduate students must be eligible and meet the following requirements:


  1. Internships are open to all undergraduate students.
  2. Students need a minimum GPA of 2.25 to participate.*
  3. Students should have earned at least 30+ credit hours to participate.*


  1. Students will complete 120-160 work hours during the semester (10-15 hrs/week).*
  2. Students need to have academic deliverables (paper, portfolio, weekly journal).*
  3. Students must have taken or currently be taking an Asian American Studies course.

    *College of Liberal Arts requirements.

Download CAAS Student Internship Guidelines (pdf) to learn more about the program. If interested in the program, email to meet and register for AAS 378 Community Internship.

Internships at Community Organizations

The following organizations have agreed to meet the requirements for the AAS 378 Community Internship. Internship job title and contact information is listed so students can directly contact the agency to learn more about the positions. If there is an organization that is not listed that you want to intern with, please contact to find out how.

AFSSA is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to Asian and other immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking. The organization is currently seeking a development intern to help with event coordination, research, media, and public relations.
Agency contact: Rajani Ramachandran, Community Resource Coordinator,

Austin History Center
AHC is seeking interns to transcribe oral history interviews of Asian Americans in Austin. Training and supervision will be provided. Attention to detail and good typing skills are desired. Criminal background check is required and takes a couple of weeks to process.
Agency contact: Esther Chung, Community Archivist,, 512-974-7394

Cooperation Texas
Social Media, Research & Development, Graphic Design, and Event Planning internships are available. For more details, please click here.
Agency contact: Nicole Marín Baena, Education and Outreach Coordinator,

Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
The Economic Development – International Intern will research potential agency partners for GAACC, develop a plan for reaching out to partners, and implement. The position will support the Executive Director’s efforts to foster mutually beneficial relationships between agencies and GAACC. The intern will also create content (GAACC website or country profiles) to provide information about country’s business/economic climate.
Agency contact: Marina Bhargava, Executive Director,, 512-407-8240

SAIVA is a volunteer association in Austin that gathers those with time and energy to give back. The mission is to promote friendship, education and well-being through volunteering. SAIVA has the following internships available: Communications Intern to help build and implement the organization’s communication process to various constituencies; Culture Sharing Intern to build and implement SAIVA’s Cultural Exchange Program; and Bring on BOARD Intern to develop a new program, Bring on BOARD, by initiating senior citizens, students and corporate employees to volunteer and/or develop their skills to community work.
Agency contact: Shubhada Saxena, Founder and President,

Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation (VAHF)
Currently VAHF is working on archiving the 500 Oral Histories and a documentary film titled “Journey To Freedom of Vietnamese Americans”. The organization is seeking interns as archive assistants, transcribers, and translators.
Agency contact: Nancy Bui, President,