The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) was founded in 1994 by 1st, 1.5 and 2nd generation Korean American teens and young adults of local community centers to project a progressive voice and promote the full participation of Korean Americans on major social justice issues. Our current program areas include: Immigrant Rights, Access to Education, Youth Organizing & Leadership Development, and Civic Engagement & Voter Empowerment.
NAKASEC is looking for up to four fellows who will assist staff with outreach, campaigns, media, and civic activities and will play a critical role with implementing social strategies, drafting materials, assisting with youth and community organizing, and conducting research on current program areas. This is a part-time position based in Annandale, VA/ Washington, DC. Preference will be given to students available to intern until November 2016. Hours are flexible and vary based on the position. A stipend will be provided to cover transportation costs.
The Youth Engagement Fellow will focus on assisting with leading and organizing a high school summer camp, national youth convening in D.C., and ongoing weekly youth program meetings. The Youth Engagement Fellow will focus heavily on community outreach through phone and email communications as well as conducting in-person meetings with faculty or student coordinators of high schools and colleges. To prepare for campaigns or provide general office support, s/he may collaborate with youth volunteers to complete tasks.
The Advocacy Fellow will focus on projects benefiting low- and middle-income families, undocumented and mixed immigrant status families, DACA recipients, as well as marginalized communities in NAKASEC’s priority areas: social, racial, economic, and justice. The Advocacy Fellow will also assist with research, policy analysis, community education, and federal and local advocacy activities and campaigns. Strong written and oral communication, as well as organizational and research skills needed.
The DACA Outreach Fellow will focus on outreach to AAPI community members, with an emphasis on high schools, college, churches, and civic organizations, regarding DACA/DAPA. S/he will assist staff with campaign, media, and civic activities and will play a critical role with implementing social strategies, blogging, conducting research on current program areas, and assisting with youth and community organizing. The DACA Outreach Fellow will monitor DACA/DAPA and naturalization policy updates and proposals from local, state, congressional, and federal levels, as well as update and maintain immigration-related education materials.
The Civic Participation Fellow will lead efforts in Northern Virginia focused on voter registration drives and GOTV efforts for the 2016 elections with an issue-based progressive voter platform. The Civic Participation Fellow will also host community forums that engage parents, students, and stakeholders regarding topics such as education, immigrant rights, and the Asian American Studies curriculum for Fairfax County Public Schools.
- Enthusiasm and commitment to immigrant rights, civil rights, and social justice issues
- Interest in grassroots organizing and participating in actions for campaigns and program events
- Results-oriented, organized and has strong attention to detail
- Willingness to learn, ability to follow instructions, take initiative, multi-task, and work quickly
- Willingness to be flexible with time to attend events in the evenings and/or on weekends and with attending events in D.C.
- Be a team player
- Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (primarily Word and Excel)
- Bachelor’s degree, or current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program in a relevant field
- Ability to speak, write and understand intermediate Korean or another language is a plus
- Ability to drive and access to a car is a plus
Please send a writing sample, cover letter, and resume to SaeHee Chun, Campaign Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org. Write “NAKASEC Fellow Search” in the subject line. Please indicate which position(s) you are interested in. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, we are able to only respond to those applicants whom we are interested in interviewing. No phone calls please. We are an equal opportunity employer.
Writing samples are not mandatory but highly recommended and should be no longer than three pages. An article, blog entry about a social justice event, press release or written plan to outreach to the Korean American and/or Asian American community is preferred.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.