aaldef's summer undergraduate internship program

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, is the first organization on the East Coast to protect and promote the legal rights of Asian Americans through litigation, legal advocacy, and community education. They're looking for some qualified individuals interested in housing law and environmental justice to work as interns this summer. Read on for details:

Internships for the summer of 2009 are available in the following program areas only:

Housing & Environmental Justice Project Intern: Responsibilities include conducting field research on housing needs in Chinatown, Sunset Park and other Asian immigrant neighborhoods in New York ; interviewing residents; coordinating data from field research for a housing needs assessment; and contributing to a report on Asian Americans and their housing needs.

Description of Summer Internship Program:

The summer program is ten weeks, from approximately June 1st through August 7th. Interns work full-time and are supervised by attorneys in specific program areas. Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups. AALDEF also provides trainings in housing law, naturalization procedures, and immigration law. The position is unpaid. However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding. Academic credit can be arranged.

To Apply:

- Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to be received by AALDEF on or before Friday, May 8, 2009 at the address below. Please indicate why you are interested in focusing on the Housing & Environmental Justice Project in your cover letter. For email applications, please write "Summer Internship Application" or "SIP Application" in the Subject. Fax or email applications are acceptable, but email applications are strongly preferred.

- Any bilingual ability should be stated in the application. Bilingual ability is helpful but not required. Chinese, Punjabi, Bengali, and Urdu-speaking applicants are especially urged to apply.

Summer Internship Search (Undergrad)
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York , New York 10013-2815
Fax: 212-966-4303

For more information, contact: Bethany Li at 212-966-5932 x213 or bli@aaldef.org
Looking for something to do this summer? Want to get some experience doing solid, real legal work in the community? Maybe this is you. But make sure you apply now, because the deadline is coming up fast. For more information about AALDEF, visit the website here.

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