The 1882 Foundation seeks to broaden public awareness of the history and continuing significance of Chinese Exclusion in the U.S. by encouraging cross-sector collaboration, uncovering and preserving community stories, promoting more inclusive histories in public education.

Here's how you can get involved.

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As our organization grows, we are building out an internship program in several of our program areas. We are always looking for passionate and committed individuals to work in our various focus areas, including historic preservation, education, museum studies, community events, civil rights, communications, and web design. All internships take place in Washington, D.C., based out of our office in Chinatown.

Intern projects, conducted under the guidance of the Foundation team, often focus on one of our key programs: the annual 1882 Symposium, a gathering of cultural institutions, non-profits, museums, and federal agencies to promote collaboration; and our monthly Talk Story community events; and curriculum development, teachers workshops, and state-level advocacy to include Chinese American history as part of K-12 standards of learning. We are also preparing for several exhibition partnerships, building out programming in heritage tourism, and launching our first Chinese American Women in History Conference, two of our key priorities for 2019-2020. That said, we welcome self-motivated individuals with passion and drive to advance a project of their interest that connects to our mission.

Internships are open to students and non-students alike. They can be from six weeks to one year, and are typically part-time, though working at least fifteen to twenty hours per week is preferred. We also expect that current interns attend our monthly Talk Story programs (the third Sunday of every month) and other events to gain trust and familiarity with members of our community, build their network, and support logistical operations of the Foundation’s events.

Our ideal internship candidates will:

How To Apply

We do not currently have any openings for Summer 2020. If interested in volunteer or future opportunities, please email 

We thank you for your interest in working with the 1882 Foundation!