ABOUT NAKASEC VA
NAKASEC VA (National Korean American Service & Education Consortium – Virginia) organizes Korean and Asian Americans to achieve social, economic, and racial justice. Through community organizing, public policy advocacy, civic engagement, and youth leadership development, NAKASEC VA works to build a future in which low- and middle-income, immigrant, people of color, and marginalized communities can fully participate in U.S. society and work together as makers of lasting change.
The OFC Internship provides an opportunity for four (4) individuals attending Fairfax County high schools to learn grassroots activism and community problem-solving. This cohort will utilize civic engagement and organizing to empower high schoolers to speak up and equip them with the tools to fight injustice in their communities.
Through first-hand exposure to an engaging curriculum, outreach, and local organizing, students will develop their organizing skills and a deeper understanding of the challenges present in today’s society. Students will also be supported in starting and developing a strategic plan for a personal organizing project.
The internship seeks to:
- introduce students to organizing and organizing-related concepts;
- teach students how to effectively analyze problems in their respective communities;
- develop participants’ strategic outreach and organizing skills;
- develop participants’ research and communication skills;
- positively contribute to the efforts of community groups working towards social justice at the local, state, and federal level;
- equip participants’ with lifelong skills to effectively fight injustice; and
- promote the next generation of AAPI organizers and change-makers.
*** As many group convenings are still limited due to COVID-19, this program will be completed virtually; no in-person events will be mandatory. ***
Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) identifying, other BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), or allies to the community are welcome to apply.
Location: Fairfax County, VA
Job Type: Internship
Duration: August 31, 2020 – November 6, 2020 (10 weeks)
Hours: 4 hours/week
Compensation: $500 stipend given at the end of the program
Time commitment is approximately 4 hours/week, which includes weekly or biweekly meetings, as well as some work that can be done independently. Applicants MUST be available for the meetings as this is an intensive, collaborative program.
- Resume (PDF/document, can be a simple list of qualifications/activities/extracurriculars)
- Short essay (2-page maximum) OR short video (5 minutes maximum) answering: *
- Include a personal statement introducing yourself. Feel free to add anything that allows us to get to know you better.
- Tell us about a time you have spoken out against something unfair. What did you learn from the experience? If not, tell us about an issue in your community or life that you would like to confront, but may hesitate in doing so. What would empower you to address the issue in the future?
- What do you hope to gain from participating in the NAKASEC VA Organizing For Change (OFC) internship program?
* Feel free to structure your response in any way you would prefer; these are simply guiding questions for your response.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program reaches capacity. APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED.
NAKASEC VA is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBTQ+ candidates, and people of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace and supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.