Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

November 13, 2017

Public service opportunity: APALA Seattle Paid Internship

Position title: Membership Engagement Coordinator
The APALA Seattle Membership Engagement Internship is an intensive program that seeks highly-motivated and dedicated individuals eager to engage in current AAPI and labor movements and the promotion of social justice for AAPI communities. We are organizing to engage our membership through educational meetings. APALA’s national and local networks provide interns with the valuable tools and support necessary to succeed in their careers. The program is designed for college students, graduates, union members, and community activists looking to participate in a part-time (40 hours a month) internship. Typical applicants are detailoriented, well organized, and possess excellent interpersonal skills and writing abilities.

We will integrate both a historical perspective and current analysis of why we need to build both a community/labor alliance and strategy. This will mean also tackling the racial divisions we have in our communities and the unity needed for a strong, long lasting resistance movement. These gatherings could build our influence with API workers in unions or give people the opportunity to lend solidarity with those in labor struggles at the moment. In this period of the
Trump administration, organized labor is also under attack and it’s important to step up our efforts to work together across unions and communities.

Term of Internship: 7 months total from date of hire, 40 hours a month Location of Position: Seattle (WA) Compensation: $15/hour

Desired Qualifications

● Commitment to the mission and goals of APALA including the pursuit of economic, social, and racial justice in the AAPI community and other minority groups

● Access to a computer and internet and proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)

● Comfortable taking coaching and instructions in addition with working alongside different personalities and diverse communities

● Proven multi-tasking skills and ability to prioritize tasks effectively while meeting strict deadlines

● Background involvement and knowledge of the AAPI labor movement and current AAPI immigration and civil rights movements (preferred)

● Experience in grassroots organizing, strategic field planning, preferably in the AAPI community (preferred)

Internship Responsibilities
● Assist in designing curriculum. Potential topics include: ○ Why Union in the API community

○ Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit workshops https://www.asianamtoolkit.org/

○ How to organize with our Workers Voices Project

○ Organizing skills training component

○ The importance of civic engagement

○ Report backs on recent worker victories

○ Discussions on various labor or social movement struggles and the relevancy of those struggles to API communities

● Lead turnout to meetings i.e. email and phone communication

● Coordinate meeting logistics

● Outreach to allies and partners

● Plus any other duties as assigned

TO APPLY: 2017 APALA Seattle Internship- Membership Engagement Coordinator