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.

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:

  • Have a demonstrated connection to and experience with Chinese American history and/or APIA identity, culture, or politics
  • Be curious, self-motivated, independent, and energetic
  • Clearly communicate changes in availability
  • Not be afraid to ask questions
  • Approach challenges openly, thinking about creative and collaborative solutions

How To Apply

Review our website and recent reflections from previous/current interns to familiarize yourself with our programs. Then, please prepare a cover letter outlining what areas of our work most interest you, a proposed project you could imagine yourself contributing to, and relevant previous experience. Please also include a resume, most recent unofficial transcript, and a writing sample (no more than five pages). Please send these materials to info@1882foundation.org.

The submission deadline for summer internships is flexible, but we ideally will identify our intern candidates by May 15, 2019 to start in early June. There are no deadlines for submitting applications for other seasons.

If you have questions, please contact Ali Smith at ali@1882foundation.org.