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AAPI Advocates Internship Program

The Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Student Advocates Internship Program provides students with a unique leadership opportunity to develop and execute initiatives to outreach to the AAPI community on and off campus by planning events, coordinating logistical and administrative support for a variety of campaigns, and social media programs.

The internship seeks to provide a structured community-based learning experience that helps students apply Asian American Studies concepts in real world settings. Through critical observation, reflection, and action, the program educates students on social justice issues affecting AAPI communities. Through weekly intern meetings and check ins, Advocates are able to gain relevant professional competencies while developing networking and fem/mentoring relationships with their peers and supervisors. 

Internship Credit - Asian American Studies (AAST 388)

Students have the opportunity to intern for 1 to 3 credits by enrolling in AAST 388, and the 3-credit internships work toward completing the AAST minor. The number of credits sets the minimum amount of hours the intern must complete per week for the semester:

  • 1-credit = 3 hours/week
  • 2-credits = 6 hours/week
  • 3-credits = 9 hours/week 


For more information on how to apply to the Advocates Internship program, please contact Kai Kai Mascarenas at



To apply, please submit an interest form on OrgSync:

Application Deadline Extended: December 11, 2017 by 5:00pm

Meet Our Fall 2017 Advocates

Trinish Chatterjee

pronouns: he/him/his | Junior | Electrical Engineering Major | Hometown: Rockville, MD

I joined Advocates in order to gain a better understanding of and vocabulary for student advocacy and issues within the AAPI community. I am personally interested in issues such as mental health and well-being, queer AAPI issues, and the political life and experiences of AAPIs. I want to learn about how advocacy can be carried out effectively to address social issues and create real impact. I am particularly interested in gaining the vocabulary and knowledge to engage with these issues, in order to be able to start being a more active member in the AAPI community. I hope to take what I’ve learned in Advocates in order to continue to advocate for the AAPI (and especially South Asian-American) community through organizations such as the South Asian Sexual Health Network (SASHA).

Lauren Eng

pronouns: she/her/hers | Sophomore | Environmental Science and Technology Major | Hometown: Potomac, MD

 I initially heard about the Advocates program while attending the 2017 East Coast Asian American Student Union conference. This conference introduced me to several issues that affect the AAPI community, and I have been able to explore their nuances as an Advocates intern. I am most passionate about Asian American representation within the media. Media representation is a personal concern since my brother is pursuing a career in theater and acting. By learning more about this issue, I hope to give him and other Asian Americans who aspire to be successful in this industry advice that can help them navigate their situations.

Long Nguyen

pronouns: he/him/his | Senior | Criminal Justice Major | Hometown: Lanham, MD

I originally joined Advocates to better my understanding of intersectionality because I did not want to be ignorant of the progress that society is making. Terms and concepts such as intersectionality, gender, and sexual orientation were foreign to me, and I wanted to develop more sympathy and empathy for people that hold similar and different social identities as me. I am particularly interested in Asian masculinity because it personally affects me in ways I am still trying to understand. How do I negotiate between hyper-masculinity and a healthy masculinity within greater society? I recently enlisted in the U.S Army, and will be shipping out after I graduate in May 2018. Ultimately, I want to go to law school after my military service and engage in politics in the long-run to combat notions of “perpetual foreigner” and truly provide representation to Asian Americans in the government.

Danielle Ocampo

pronouns: she/her/hers | Junior | Psychology Major & Asian American Studies Minor | Hometown: Bowie, MD

I decided to become an Advocate because I genuinely love what the AAPI community has to offer, especially at UMD. I am currently the Co-President of the Asian American Student Union and minoring in Asian American Studies, so I am always eager to get involved. I love how each individual in the community adds their own unique experience to the greater narrative of what it means to be AAPI, and I love hearing everyone's personal stories. My specific goals are to highlight mental health awareness to the AAPI community and learn about how to bridge the gap between familial generations. In the future, I hope to pursue clinical counseling to discover new ways of bettering patients’ mental health and family experiences.