NAPABA and Indiana Legal Services, Inc., Welcome Legal Interns to Support Indiana’s LGBTQ+ and Immigrant Communities


For Immediate Release: 
Date: March 11, 2024 
ContactRahat N. Babar, Deputy Executive Director

WASHINGTON/INDIANAPOLIS – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”) and Indiana Legal Services, Inc., (“ILS”) are proud to welcome two dedicated legal interns who will provide direct legal support for ILS programs serving Indiana’s diverse and underserved populations. Niran Al Naili and Emmanuel Amponsah will be joining ILS for the spring semester in support of the its Immigrants’ and Language Rights Center and LGBTQ+ Project. Both come to ILS with compelling backgrounds: Niran is a recent L.L.M. graduate of the Indiana University McKinney School of Law (“McKinney”) and previously worked as an investigator for the Supreme Judicial Council in Iraq, and Emmanuel is a J.D. candidate at McKinney who has extensive community advocacy experience with vulnerable populations and is training to be a chaplain candidate with the United States Army. 

This partnership between NAPABA and ILS represents NAPABA’s ongoing commitment to meaningfully engage with the community in Indiana leading up to, during, and beyond the 2023 NAPABA Convention in Indianapolis as outlined in NAPABA’s Advocacy Action Plan.

The ILS Immigrants’ and Language Rights Center provides direct legal representation on immigration matters and language access cases to Indiana residents. The Center provides direct representation of non-citizens in a variety of matters, including asylum cases before the Chicago Asylum office, immigration court cases, lawful permanent resident and naturalization applications, petitions under the Violence Against Women Act, and petitions for immigration benefits for immigrant minors and for survivors of serious crimes who cooperate with law enforcement. The ILS LGBTQ+ Project is a statewide legal assistance program providing legal advocacy and representation to LGBTQ+ people in Indiana designed to address the disproportionate rates of poverty and violence in the LGBTQ+ community. The Project includes, among other items, representation to those seeking name and gender marker changes in Indiana courts and advocacy to protect LGBTQ+ students’ rights. 

Financial support for these legal internships is generously provided by the NAPABA Law Foundation’s Underserved Communities Fellowship, which is designed to increase legal services and advance equal justice for underserved AANHPI communities, especially in areas where such populations lack sufficient resources due to geographic isolation. For more information about the application process for interested law students, please visit here.


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) represents the interests of over 60,000 Asian Pacific American (APA) legal professionals and nearly 90 national, state, and local APA bar associations. NAPABA is a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. Through its national network, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of all backgrounds in the legal profession.

Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) is a statewide, not-for-profit law firm that provides free legal services to eligible clients in civil cases through 8 branch offices. ILS is funded by the Legal Services Corporation, Indiana Civil Legal Aid Fund, United Ways, Area Agencies on Aging, and approximately 60 other funding sources.

Apply for EDNY Federal Judicial Internship with Hon. Dora L. Irizarry

The Honorable Dora L. Irizarry, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, currently is accepting applications for Spring 2022 Internships.


  • Must be a second or third year law student.
  • Must have good grades.
  • Must have good research, writing, and analytical skills, although participation in Law Review or a Journal is not a prerequisite.
  • Military and/or other life/career experience is a plus.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, interested law students should forward their application package in PDF format via email to [email protected].

  • One-page cover letter briefly describing your background, why you are interested in a legal career and setting forth why you are interested in interning for Judge Irizarry specifically.
  • Resume
  • Law school transcript. Self-prepared transcripts will not be accepted.
  • One recent writing sample no longer than 10 pages. Journal or research articles will not be accepted.
  • A list of 2-3 references with their contact information. Reference letters preferably should be included with the submitted package, but also may be sent to chambers at the chambers email address above and not directly to the Judge.

The deadline for receipt of materials is November 1, 2021.

Please note that, while these are not paid internships, the Judge will participate in any appropriate sponsored program that provides academic credit or stipends for interns.

If you have further questions, please contact chambers at: 718-613-2150.

Registrations Now Open for the Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Initiative

The Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Initiative (BLPI) was started in 2017 and is designed to provide students from diverse backgrounds, who live or attend college in Brooklyn, direct instruction on how to successfully apply to and fund a law school education. Participants  attend a  mock networking event and mock interviews. They are additionally offered mentorship opportunities.

Students who attend all sessions will be offered an opportunity to obtain a summer internship. Stipends may be available to defray certain transportation and ancillary costs associated with the internships. This program is co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA), The Defense Association of New York (DANY) and the Brooklyn Bar Association (BBA).

Selected students will attend five (5) two-hour classroom sessions, starting in January 2019 that will be moderated by volunteer judges, attorneys and law school administrators. Classes will be held at the Brooklyn Bar Association’s landmark building located at 123 Remsen Street in downtown Brooklyn. These classes will be held from 5:30- 7:30 PM on dates to be announced and will address the following topics:

January 15, 2019 – The Legal Profession – What is a lawyer? What do they do? – Panel discussion with judges and attorneys describing the areas in which they practice.

February 19, 2019 – Applying to Law School – Course selection- Time  management – Writing skills – IRAC – The LSAT’s – Paying for law school – Guided questions and answer session with a career counselor and a law school admissions officer.

March 19, 2019- Networking and Mentoring – Each participant will be paired with an Attorney Mentor – Developing a resume and cover letter.

April 16, 2019 – Internships –Interview Skills – Professionalism.

May 21, 2019 – Mock Interviews – Each participant will participate in simulated interviews and will receive immediate constructive feedback.

July -August 2019 – Summer Internship Program

The 2017 and 2018  Brooklyn Pipeline Programs were  resounding successes. We have now  had over 40 students complete our direct instruction  program  and have  been able to place each of the students who requested internship opportunities in stipend supported summer positions. The feedback from our summer internship providers was highly positive.

We are presently working with an LSAT prep course to offer this year’s students a greatly discounted rate  to prepare for the  July 2019 LSAT test.  

The Application deadline is January 11. Click here for the brochure containing additional information.

Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program for College Students | St. John’s University

Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program for College Students | St. John’s University

AALDEF Fall Internship Opportunities

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund Fall 2015 Internships

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.  For more information about AALDEF, please visit our website at

Fall internships are available for the following program areas (open to all unless otherwise noted):

Anti-Trafficking Initiative – legal research and writing on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as outreach, community education, and advocacy on the rights of exploited and abused workers. **Law students ONLY**

Immigrant Access to Justice – litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach with communities impacted by post 9/11 immigration and law enforcement policies. An additional emphasis on Asian communities’ access to representation and education about immigration policies and practices that may impact them, including deferred action policies and administrative relief for youth and other immigrants, unconstitutional DHS stops, and collaboration between state/local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement. **Law students ONLY**

Administrative Assistant – provide administrative support in preparation for AALDEF’s annual gala, including: researching for prospective dinner sponsors and silent auction donors.  Computer experience with databases, graphics and web programs are helpful. **Undergraduate students ONLY.  Work study grants accepted.**

Description of Internships:

Interns are supervised by attorneys and/or AALDEF staff in specific program areas.  These internships are not paid positions, but academic credit may be arranged.  Interns work anywhere between 8 to 25 hours per week.  The internship usually commences with the start of classes and ends in early December.

To Apply:

Any bilingual ability should be stated in the resume.  Bilingual ability is helpful but not required.  Applications should also state the number of hours the intern is able to work per week and which program area(s) you are interested in. Email applications are accepted.  Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Send a resume and cover letter (law students should include a writing sample) to:

AALDEF Fall Intern Search

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor, New York, New York 10013-2815
Fax: 212-966-4303 or Email: [email protected]

For more information, contact Jennifer Weng at 212-966-5932, ext. 212 or [email protected].

McGuireWoods LLP – NAPABA Law Foundation Internships

The McGuireWoods/NLF Internship Program supports students interested in the legal profession and will help students develop a commitment to advocacy on behalf of the Asian Pacific American community. The Program seeks to achieve these goals by providing undergraduate and law school students with meaningful internship experiences at the Washington, DC offices of NAPABA and NLF.

Internship opportunities are now available for the spring and summer. More information can be found here.


The Women’s Foreign Policy Group believes that it is crucial to ensure that women’s voices are heard and that women leaders are fully engaged in finding new approaches and solutions. WFPG is committed to global engagement and the promotion of the leadership, visibility and participation of women in international affairs. The organization advances women’s leadership and highlights their contributions through international issues programs and mentoring.

Interns work as part of the WFPG team and are given the opportunity to improve their knowledge of international issues, as well as to learn how a small nonprofit organization operates.  At our programs, interns meet with accomplished international affairs professionals and learn from their career paths. Part-time internships are unpaid or for college credit. Full-time interns who commit to 3.5 months during the school year or 3 months during the summer are eligible for a $1,000 stipend.

WFPG is seeking four interns to assist them in Washington, DC during the upcoming semester:

General Internship:
WFPG is looking for responsible and motivated interns to focus on planning and outreach for programs featuring international affairs officials and experts. In addition to assisting with our Author and Embassy Series programs, interns contribute to benefit luncheons and mentoring fairs. Interns will also research foreign policy topics before events, update the WFPG database, and complete other office tasks as assigned.

Communications Internship:
WFPG is also looking for a specialized intern to focus on our website and communications materials, including our invitations and newsletters. The communications intern will also assist at events, conduct foreign policy research, and complete other office duties as assigned. A demonstrated interest in and knowledge of basic HTML and photo editing/layout software is helpful, but not required.

Competitive candidates for both positions should have a demonstrated interest in foreign affairs and excellent computer skills. Interns must possess outstanding office and phone manners, and excellent writing skills, in addition to being well-organized, punctual, dependable, flexible, attentive to detail, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. 

Applicants must be available to work a minimum of two full days per week.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter (including your availability), resume, two-page writing sample (short paper or excerpt), contact information for three references, and an unofficial copy of your transcript to [email protected].  Applications can also be mailed to:

Women’s Foreign Policy Group
Attn: Ms. Kimberly Kahnhauser
1615 M St. NW, Suite 210
Washington, DC 20036

Apply before August 8th!

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund Fall Internships

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, legal advocacy and community education.  Founded in 1974, AALDEF focuses on critical issues affecting Asian Americans, including economic justice for workers, immigrant rights, anti-trafficking, educational equity and youth rights, voting rights and redistricting, post-9/11 civil liberties issues, housing and environmental justice, and other major civil rights issues affecting Asian American communities.

Communications Internship

Central to AALDEF’s initiatives is educating Asian Americans, policymakers, and the general public about the legal rights of Asian Americans, litigating cases that have a major impact, providing legal resources to community-based organizations, and facilitating grassroots community organizing efforts. 

AALDEF’s Communications Internship offers students the opportunity to develop skills in media outreach, public policy, communications, and databasing. The internship is unpaid, but receiving academic credit for the semester is possible.

Specifically, the Communications Intern will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Researching news coverage of pending policy issues or legal challenges;
  • Updating a reporter database encompassing print, TV, radio, and online media;
  • Tracking and archiving AALDEF media appearances;
  • Researching strategic possibilities for targeting new audiences;
  • Assisting with press outreach for press conferences or public events (briefings, town hall meetings, rallies, etc.); and
  • Drafting press advisories and press releases (dependent on experience) and other outreach materials.

Requirements: The time commitment is 5-10 hours a week in our New York City office. Interns must commit to a minimum of 15 weeks.

To apply: Please submit the application by Tuesday, November 26, 2013Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the deadline. Interviewing will take place on a rolling basis.  Only applicants who have been granted interviews will be notified of their advancement in the application process. 

Please submit the application to:
Jennifer Weng

Spring Communications Internship
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York , New York 10013
fax: 212.966.4303
email: [email protected]

For more information, contact Jennifer Weng at 212-966-5932, ext. 212 or [email protected]

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AALDEF Seeks a Social Media Intern!

AALDEF’s Social Media Internship offers the opportunity to develop skills in social media, writing, advocacy, social justice, education, public policy, and media outreach.

Central to AALDEF’s initiatives is educating Asian Americans, policymakers, and the general public about our community’s legal rights, providing resources to community-based organizations, and facilitating grassroots organizing efforts.

AALDEF has an engaged and growing social media audience. The AALDEF social media intern will introduce broader audiences to civil rights and racial justice issues daily. For a small time commitment, the AALDEF social media intern will gain exposure to social justice advocacy, journalism, and progressive communications, and work with an inspiring group of progressive thinkers.

The ideal candidate is an avid news readers, well-versed in current events (from politics to pop culture), creative, committed to AALDEF’s mission, and experienced using social media including Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.

The internship is unpaid, but receiving academic credit for the semester is possible for students.

Requirements: The time commitment is relatively small (5-10 hours a week). We are looking for a commitment of six months but can be flexible on duration. This is a remote position that can be done from any location.

To apply:  Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter, and anyTwitter account(s) you use; any Facebook pages you’ve had the opportunity to run for schools, publications, companies, etc.; and/or any Tumblr(s) or blogs.

Please submit the application by Tuesday, November 26, 2013Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the deadline. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. Only applicants who have been granted interviews will be notified of their advancement in the application process. Please submit the application to:

Jennifer Weng
Subject: AALDEF Social Media Internship
Email: [email protected]

For more information, contact Jennifer Weng at 212-966-5932, ext. 212 or [email protected]

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Special Events Internship

The position will involve in the planning, preparation and execution of our 40th anniversary dinner gala and silent auction in March 2014.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with sponsorship development and outreach, writing materials, managing and following up on reservations, ticket sales, and donations.
  • Maintaining databases and files.
  • Preparing and maintaining sponsor/donor solicitations and acknowledgments, mailings, and emails.
  • Assisting with the production of the invitations and dinner programs.
  • Coordinating silent auction/raffle donations, including developing prospects, solicitations and acknowledgment, brochure and silent auction planning, and production.
  • Meeting event deadlines.

Applicants must be self-motivated, have good organizational and writing skills, be detail oriented, able to work independently, organize and coordinate multiple tasks, develop and manage projects in a timely manner, and have database and internet skills. Some fundraising experience is preferable. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel required. Experience using Filemaker is a plus. Flexibility with extra hours around the time of special events is necessary. Undergraduate students only.  Workstudy grants accepted.

How to Apply: Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by Tuesday, November 26, 2013.  Please send to:

Jennifer Weng
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12 fl, New York, NY 10013-2815
Or Email to: [email protected] (write “Special Events Internship” in the subject line)

Asian CineVision Internship Summer 2013

AAIFF13_Call For Interns

At Asian CineVision, we are currently looking for dedicated people to join the team and organize the 36th Annual Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF). Started in 1978, AAIFF is the first and longest running Asian American film festival in the United States, and we showcase some of the best independent art-house cinema. This summer, we are seeking enthusiastic cinephiles to join our progressive community of organizers, artists, and filmmakers.

Community Outreach Coordinator

  • Network and build relationships with existing and new community organizations
  • Outreach to student and community organizations by creating unique program campaigns
  • Coordinate ticket sales with community and student organizations
  • Invite and follow-up with political figures to attend the festival

Technical Production Coordinator

  • Coordinate logistics and equipment needs for the duration of the festival (Step and repeat, walkie-talkies, t-shirts, U-Haul, car rentals, HD Cam decks)
  • Work with Venue projectionist in coordinating proper screening formats
  • Compress movie files to appropriate format given by the venue projectionist
  • Create AAIFF’13 curtain raisers
  • Create and edit AAIFF’13 trailer
  • Make DVD and digital copies of showtapes and screeners as needed
  • Assist with CineVue related projects as needed with editing or video coverage

Box Office Manager

  • Supervise will-call information desk, office phone sales, and transactions
  • Manage will-call personnel on pick-up protocols and procedure
  • Liaise with Social Media Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator for ticket-giveaways
  • Input Program Content on ACV website
  • Setup Box Office System on ShowClix
  • Coordinate with Social Media and Website Manager on implementing the ShowClix system on Social Media Platforms & Website

Social Media and Website Manager

  • Develop a content management calendar and promotional strategies
  • Manages all execution of all ACV’s social media channels (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc)
  • Publishes content provided by all team members
  • Write copy and send out email newsletter
  • Track Social Media traction via Google Analytics on a weekly basis and provide feedback on content value
  • Responsible for all postings on ACV’s website
  • Troubleshoot any technical problems
  • Update content as needed (all aaiff13 marketing materials: save-the-date card, program guide, brochure, etc.)

Design Assistant

  • Assist Design Manager with AAIFF’13 creatives
  • Design for print and web collaterals (examples: aaiff program guide, forms, public signage, name tags)
  • Manage timeline for overall design team

About Asian CineVision

Asian CineVision (ACV) is a nonprofit media arts organization devoted to the development, promotion, preservation, and exhibition of Asian and Asian American film and video. Since 1978, ACV has produced the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), the nation’s longest running festival of its kind and the premier showcase for the best in independent Asian and Asian American cinema.

Now in its 36th year, ACV has steadily defined and progressively broadened its role as an Asian American media arts center by serving a growing constituency that includes filmmakers, media programmers, and the local and regional Asian American community and a national audience. ACV is committed to film and media as a tool for social change and to the support of diversity in independent cinema.


  • Time Commitment: Summer interns must be available approximately 15 hours/week in the office, and be willing to work for the entirety of the festival: July 24 through August 3, which includes evening and late night hours.
  • Strong interest in the public sector & the community through nonprofit arts.
  • Must be entrepreneurial, well-organized, and detail-oriented with excellent writing and interpersonal skills.
  • Enthusiastic personalities a must!


  • Interns receive $5.00/day travel stipend
  • Casual work environment with flexible hours
  • Media Fan membership: Free and discounted tickets throughout the year to partner screenings and to AAIFF
  • Credit on website and festival program book
  • Working on the nation’s oldest Asian and Asian American film festival with a focus on independent cinema!


Please submit your cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line “2013 Internship Application – Your Name”. Applications are accepted until all positions are filled. Earlier applications, people with an earlier start date, and those who are based in NYC will receive preference.

Apply and work with a team of leaders defining the next generation of independent Asian Pacific American films!

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