The MinKwon Center for Community Action (formerly YKASEC – Empowering the Korean American Community) was established in 1984 to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American community through our five program areas: Education, Civic Participation, Immigrant Rights, Social Services, and Culture. Since our founding, we have made a profound presence in the Korean American community of New York City and Asian American community of Flushing, Queens through various grassroots organizing, education, and advocacy initiatives. The MinKwon Center places a special emphasis on meeting the needs of our marginalized community members who have less access to resources, including the youth, the elderly, recent immigrants, low-income residents, and limited English proficient residents.
The following 2013 Summer internship positions are available:
- Advocacy & Community Organizing Intern
The MinKwon Center’s community organizing work seeks to engage Korean Americans in the Queens area to work on issues around immigration, housing and labor. The internship responsibilities include assisting the community organizer in relationship-building with community members, participate in community outreach efforts and engage in advocacy efforts in coalition with other organization and groups.
- Civic Participation Intern
The MinKwon Center’s Civic Participation Program, established in 1990, plays a critical role in building a strong base of empowered Korean American and immigrant community members in New York City by mobilizing the community towards active and engaged civic participation. The internship responsibilities include assisting our Voter Empowerment program through voter registration and voter research, helping plan, coordinate, and facilitating educational activities, and taking part in civic participation campaigns such as door-knocking, mailings and educational events.
- Chinese Community Intern
Chinese Community Outreach Intern will work with the Chinese community in New York City in areas such as public benefits, labor rights, immigration law, housing, and financial independence. The intern will engage in direct contact with Chinese-speaking clients through initial intakes, assessment of client cases, and direct assistance; preparing and conducting educational workshops; and coordinating street and media outreach activities.
- Development Intern
The Development Intern will work with the Development Coordinator to support the MinKwon Center’s development and fundraising efforts. The intern’s activities will include: performing research on prospective funders; preparing funding proposals, letters of inquiry, and grant reports; and providing support for fundraising events and initiatives.
- Public Benefits Intern
One branch of the MinKwon Center’s Social Services Program focuses on empowering the low-income, immigrant community members to access various government public benefits. The Financial Legal Counselor specifically screens for eligibility and assists in the application of Food Stamps, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), and Bank Accounts. Under the direct supervision of the Financial Legal Counselor, the intern will advise and counsel Korean clients, prepare applications, conduct legal/or non-legal research on policy issues, and manage the client database.
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