Spring Externship Program 2009
Sponsored by the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA) and the AACC
The program is a one-week “externship” during spring break from March 16-20 that brings
undergraduate students into the workplaces of Asian American Yale alumni in New York,
Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Northern California. By working with or shadowing the sponsor,
the student will be able to gain firsthand experience in a professional work environment. The
program is meant to give students an opportunity to work in the career field in which they are
interested. The Externship Program is a means to explore the variety of professions that exists in
today's job market. Descriptions of the externships offered this year are below.
AACC Alumni Coordinators: Eileen Huang & Vina Pulido (email@example.com)
To provide undergraduate students the opportunity to experience a career hands-on.
Students will be responsible for their own room and board during the week as well as transportation
to and from work. The sponsor and student should speak before the externship to determine the
student’s particular goals, what the sponsor can provide and what can reasonably be accomplished
during the time period. Students are expected to go to work every day and behave in a professional
Externship Opportunities by Location
New York City
1. ING Capital LLC
The extern will be working with the Managing Director and head of Investment Industry Group
Corporate banking (large size loans ranging from $10 million to $250 million) for investment
managers (managers of corporate pension funds, mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds,
etc) and/or their investment vehicles (e.g. private equity funds, hedge funds, etc).
The extern will spend a week with the sponsor, attending all internal/external meetings, listening in
on all telephone calls, and having opportunities to question the sponsor and the sponsor's team
members on all aspects of the business.
- Strong listening and note-taking skills so as to ask probing questions after meetings and phone
calls. Interest as well as general knowledge in banking and finance.
Additional Information: Extern is expected to be in business attire for the duration.
IntraLinks is the leading provider on on-line workspaces for the secure distribution and organization
of confidential files. IntraLinks NY is a Corporate Headquarters where a candidate could be
exposed to all aspects of sales, marketing, client services, and business development.
Extern will learn the basics of Software as a Service (SaaS) business – leveraging technology
delivered over the Internet to support business workflow and processes, specifically, Channel
Partner Management – how a technology company leverages partnerships to build solutions for
clients as well as partner to leverage other sales teams to distribute “workspaces”. Excellent
opportunity for someone interested in technology and financial services.
- Basic Computer skills – MS Office Suite
- Basic analytical and research skills
- Good presentation skills
- Good interpersonal skills
- Ability to think on his/her feet
3. Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center
Community Development for UJC serves as “resource ally” to grassroots community-based
organizations across New York City; focuses on health access for the uninsured, post-9/11 health
care and policy, medical debt, immigration, and workers’ compensation.
Externs will become familiar with how lawyers, advocates, and policy specialists can support and
partner with community members and organizers; engage in creative, radical approaches to social
change for immigrant workers and the working poor; learn about social services, activists, and
community organizations in New York City; receive a thorough introduction to health care, workers’
compensation, and immigrant rights issues; meet awesome people!
Languages: Chinese (all dialects), Spanish, Polish
Interest areas: public health, post-9/11 policies, immigrant rights, workers’ rights
Skills: able to work well with others, outgoing, attentive to detail in written advocacy, creative,
interested in social justice and social change
4. The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) has been dedicated to preserving Chinese culture
since 1980. Interns may work on projects in various departments within the museum. Through the
internship program, students gain practical experience in the day-to-day operations of a museum.
Tasks may include assistance with research and writing of funding proposals and related reports,
assistance with the preparation and presentation of Museum’s education and public programs, and
with organization and cataloging of Museum’s collection.
- Good verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to multi-task different assignments in a busy office environment
- Organized, self-motivated, and willing to learn new skills
- Computer literacy (particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, Access)
- An interest in not-for-profit organization work, Arts & Culture fields, and/or Asian American
5. Asian American Writers Workshop
Asian American Writers Workshop is a national nonprofit devoted to the creating, publishing,
developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans. Since the Workshop
encompasses numerous aspects of literature, the opportunities and positions for interns range from
publishing to youth organizing to general office administration and grant-writing. The goal for this
externship program is three-fold: 1) Helping the Workshop with administrative goals. 2) Training a
community of young college students and equipping them with career skills. 3) Creating a safe space
for underprivileged minorities.
Specifically, interns help with a number of tasks:
- Staffing and attending weekly literary events, such as poetry readings and open mics
- Help planning public programs, such as readings, symposia, book parties
- Assistance with bookstore administration, specifically order, shipping and returning books
- Grant-writing, especially background research on grant opportunities
- General administrative work, such as database-creation
- Web design
- Youth program assistance
1. Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is the fastest growing labor union in North America,
representing 2 million workers in the healthcare, property services, and public sectors. The
externship will be with the Research Department of the union’s Private Equity Project, which is
currently developing a critique about the role of private equity firms in the economic crisis and
urging policymakers to enact stronger regulations to safeguard the interests of working families.
The student will gain firsthand experience about what it is like to work at a labor union. He/she will
shadow the sponsor and see how he does his work on research projects to progress the work of the
union. The student will also have the opportunity to sit in on regular staff meetings, and if possible,
a strategy meeting, so that he/she can see the big picture of the campaign. We will also try to create
opportunities for the student to meet and interface with staff in other departments to gain an
understanding of the breadth of the work that the union does. SEIU especially welcome students
who are interested in unions and are committed to social justice and improving the lives of workers.
- basic understanding of current events as they relate to the economic crisis
- some financial background is helpful, but not required
- ultimately, the most important skills are the ability to learn quickly and attention to detail
1. Teach for America
Teach for America aims to end educational inequity—the reality that in our country where a child is
born determines his or her educational outcomes and, in turn, life prospects. Its mission is to build
the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future
leaders in the effort. Our vision is that one day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity
to attain an excellent education. The extern will observe teachers and classrooms, have a tour of the
TFA-Chicago office and meet the executive director, and if they would like, at the end of the week,
teach a lesson to the class.
- public speaking skills
- likes working with kids
- good at multi-tasking
1. The Office of the General Counsel
The Office of the General Counsel is the legal department for the Peralta Community College
District (PCCD). The General Counsel provides legal advice to the Board of Trustees, the
Chancellor, and other officers and employees of PCCD and represents PCCD on all legal matters.
Extern will work on issues such as labor law, electronic discovery, litigation, and risk management,
collective bargaining, business contracts, student discipline, education law, and public policies. Free
lunches with the general counsel, and plenty of free junk food at your disposal.
- Bright, self-motivated law student interested in education and public sector law for its Law Student
Clinic credit available
2. LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is a leading designer, developer and marketer of innovative, technology-
based educational products and related proprietary content. Depending on the intern’s interests, he/
she can work in various areas including software quality testing mechanical engineering design,
electrical engineering design, web application development / test tools, industrial design / product
concepting, and intranet design / project management.
Examples of specific projects include creating test tools that will automatically check all the digital
assets (jpeg files, audio files, flash scripts) required for a software title to be released from a
development group to a quality assurance group, creating a framework for determining how much
intranet site usage correlates to a reduction in email enclosures, designing widgets that will allow
Microsoft Sharepoint users an ability to simulate web GUI ‘skins’ of Facebook or similar social
networking applications, and analyzing the number of design file iterations involved with a typical
product development cycle (e.g., PCB layout, CAD files) and determine the best usage of a
repository tool such as Agile for efficient revision control.
- Programming skills: Java, C++, Ruby on Rails, PHP
- Experience creating applications on a social networking platform (e.g., Facebook, MySpace) or
Spring Externship Program 2009 Application
Name: _________________________ College/Year: __________
Email: ______________________________ Phone: __________________
A sponsor may wish to contact you. Please estimate your availability between 9a-9p:
Sun 1/25 Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
3 externships in order of preference:
In a few sentences (no more than 250 words), answer the following questions:
1. Why are you suitable for this externship? (past experience, future goals, etc.)
2. How do you think this experience will benefit you?
Please include your RESUME along with your application form.
Please submit applications along with a resume to Eileen Huang and Vina Pulido at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The applicant may be contacted by a sponsor for interviews by phone. The
final application deadline is Saturday, January 31 before midnight.
Thank you for your application!