From Korean Resource Center
The Korean Resource Center (KRC) is seeking up to four interns for the Summer of 2013 in the areas of:
This is a full time (40 hours/week) internship, over a 10 week period between June 17 and August 23. Start and End Dates may be flexible.
Throughout the summer, the Korean Resource Center will actively campaign for immigrant rights as well as affordable housing for low-income seniors. This is an amazing opportunity for students to immerse themselves in a grassroots community organization, become trained in providing critical services to community members, and learn about progressive youth, immigrant, and senior organizing.
Interns will work based in KRC's office in Los Angeles, CA, in collaboration with and under the supervision of KRC staff in their respective program areas. Interns will also be asked to assist KRC campaigns in other program areas. Past interns have learned how to plan rallies, organize and mobilize community members, conduct policy research, produce community education materials,plan and speak at rallies and press conferences, provide services, and participate in community campaigns. Please see below for specific internship descriptions by program area. Applicants do not apply for any particular internship, and will be matched according to their skills and interests. However, feel free to note any preferences in your cover letter.
Interns will undergo political education and skill building trainings, and will be required to attend a weekly political study session throughout the duration of the internship.
 Qualifications and Requirements
- Commitment to civil rights, immigrant rights, social justice, and change through grassroots organizing
- Interest in working in a community-based non-profit organization
- Familiarity with Korean American, Asian Pacific American or immigrant community issues
- Must be either a college student with 1 year of college attendance, or at least 18 years old with 1 year of work (in any field) after High School
- Must participate in weekly evening 1.5-hour political study sessions throughout the duration of the internship
- Ability to participate in occasional evening and weekend KRC actions and events (such as community forums or rallies)
- Bilingual in Korean & English is an asset, but not required
 Summer 2013 Positions
 Youth Education Intern
Youth education is an important way for community organizations like the Korean Resource Center to develop a young leadership base, empower youth to take charge of their communities, and bring important programs and services to the community.
The Youth Education Intern will learn hands-on about educating, organizing, and developing leadership among high school youth. Specifically, this intern will help plan and administer KRC's annual Summer Youth Empowerment Program as well as other youth programs alongside KRC staff. The Youth Organizing Intern will also work with civic participation and immigrant rights staff and interns on developing other young-leadership materials and leadership.
 Health Access and Senior Housing Intern
At the Korean Resource Center, we believe that every senior citizen has the right to a life of dignity, including access to quality healthcare and affordable housing. Unfortunately, Korean American seniors often face substantial challenges, and have to organize and work hard to overcome the challenges of language difficulties, an inadequate healthcare safety net, and a shortage of affordable housing units in Los Angeles.
The Health Access and Senior Housing Intern will work alongside the Korean Resource Center's senior health organizing team and learn about how to address many of the greatest challenges that Korean American seniors face. Some work areas will include:
The intern will work alongside KRC's affordable housing campaign, seeking to secure funding for affordable housing in Koreatown. Some tasks include:
- getting training on senior services (so intern will understand seniors' needs and challenges) such as filling out applications for welfare, social security, health insurance, and affordable housing
- participating in senior services such as medicare prescriptions drug enrollment
- interviewing seniors about their needs for language access to senior housing
- researching how the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform) can best assist low-income Korean American seniors
- participating in the KRC affordable housing campaign to secure a permanent source of funding for low-income senior housing in Los Angeles
- learning to develop a campaign proposal around the issues of community safety and language access rights
- The Intern will also help with other program areas as time permits.
 Immigrant Rights Program Intern (two)
Our community is strongest when every family in our communities is fully empowered to pursue their dreams. We have a broken immigration system, and the Korean Resource Center is fighting for a path to citizenship for the 230,000 Korean Americans and 11 million Americans that are undocumented in this country. This is the year we will push for justice and dignity for all of our community members through a multi-faceted comprehensive community organizing campaign.
The Immigrant Rights Program Interns will learn about and participate in the following activities and more:
- learning to assist community members apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Naturalization, and more.
- participating in and helping develop a grassroots community campaign to increase community and legislative support for immigration reform that provides our community members with a path to citizenship
- developing curriculum for youth and adult leadership programs about the need for immigration reform
- learning about the history and politics of immigration in the country and in the Korean American community, and about how grassroots organizations mobilize for their rights
- participating in legislative visits, national campaigns
- participating in press conferences, rallies, and public meetings around issues, and learning about community organizing
- writing, editing, or translating press releases and other written materials around these issues and learning to communicate our values in public
 Hear from past interns
Working with KRC is the best and most unique internship opportunity available for college students. You become truly immersed in community work while living in a communal environment. You'll learn lessons and meet people you'll never forget!
Doorae Shin, University of Hawaii '14
I had a great summer at KRC in 2011 working in the Immigrant Rights Program. I was happy to have learned more about the Korean American community and current issues in social justice. Hey, what are y'all waiting for? Go forth and apply!
Tony K. Choi Berea College '11
- A small stipend, and room & board will be provided by KRC. The interns will be housed within KRC
 Application Timeline
- Application Deadline: May 3
- However, applicants will be interviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled, so KRC encourages you to spread the word and apply as early as possible.
- Announcement of Selected Interns: May 15
- Internship Duration: 10 weeks from June 17, 2013 to August 23, 2013. Start and End Dates are flexible if you have school scheduling conflicts, but 10 weeks of full-time interning is expected
- (Rolling) Interviews with selected candidates and notification of acceptance: Interviews will being on April 10
 Political Study Sessions
During summers, KRC staff and volunteers meet once a week in the evening to learn from our roots, the Civil Rights movement, and other current issues in organizing and social justice. Attendance is mandatory with college summer interns. Curriculum is prepared by staff in collaboration with interested participants.
 How to Apply
Please email your resume and a cover letter to Dayne Lee at email@example.com. Applications can be written in Korean or in English. Please include the resume and cover letter inside the body of the email, or attach as a MS Word or PDF file.
No calls accepted.
- Alternatively, you may fax, mail or drop off your application:
- Fax: 323-973-3526
- Mail: 900 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90019
- KRC is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage women and minorities to apply.
 Application Deadline
The final application deadline is Friday, May 3rd. However, KRC will be hiring on a rolling basis and interviews will begin on April 10, so we encourage you to apply early.
Have a question about the internship? Email Dayne Lee firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. No calls accepted.