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.

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Apply for Summer Internship Program 2024

The 1882 Foundation is accepting applications for a dynamic and engaging summer internship in Asian American public history, preservation, and storytelling.

Internship Description 

The position requires: (1) flexible hours, including some weekend and evening work, (2) June 3 – August 9, 2024 availability, (3) proficient research and analytical skills. Options available for in-person in Washington, DC (preferred) or remote participation. If interested in the Education internship focus, in-person in central Virginia area preferred. Please rank your top three preferences from the projects listed below in your cover letter. 

The Foundation is seeking interns with interest in working on the following projects: 

  • Talk Story. Plan, prepare, and present public events on topics related to Asian American stories and experiences.
  • Conferences and Public Programs. Help organize and support our upcoming conference on urban and rural Chinatowns.
  • Education. Research and develop curriculum on topics related to Asian American history for K-12 students. (In-person, central Virginia area preferred)
  • Arts and Literature Corner. Build resources that encourage discussion of Asian American art, literature, and film.
  • Historic Preservation and Community Engagement. Assist with initiatives to preserve the history of D.C. Chinatown and engage local community members. 
  • Social Media and Online Archive. Create a system to organize our digital collection of stories about the Chinese American experiences. Strategize and implement methods for engaging public audiences through 1882 Foundation’s online presence on social media, YouTube, and website.


(1) Be curious, self-motivated, independent, and energetic. (2) Clearly communicate orally and in writing. (3) Approach challenges openly, thinking about creative and collaborative solutions. 

Submission Materials 

(1) Writing sample that best demonstrates your research and analytical skills. Maximum preferred two pages, double-spaced, 12 point font; (2) Resume; (3) Cover letter outlining areas of interest and project preferences. 


The position is unpaid. We encourage students to seek funding through their university or third parties. The 1882 Foundation is also dedicated to helping interns secure course credit through their university. 

Please submit your application via the Google Form below by March 18 @ 5:00 pm. Decisions for the 2024 Summer Intern Cohort will be made by EOD April 5. Please email any questions about the summer internship to