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MOAPIA Internships and Volunteering

Group of MOAPIA 2015 Summer Interns

MOAPIA Internship Opportunities

The Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) is seeking motivated individuals interested in public service and the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. MOAPIA is an independent agency within the District government that acts as a liaison between the District government and the AAPI community. It organizes and facilitates public and private programs on public safety, human rights, economic development, housing, employment, social services, public health, transportation, education, and multicultural development to ensure accessibility for the District's AAPI community. It often requires the services of interpreters to facilitate the translation of various documents and ensure that they are being utilized by the AAPI community.

Graphic Design Intern

The intern will work closely with the Communications Specialist at the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs to design strategic communication materials promoting District government programs, services, and events. Some of the duties of the intern will include developing internal and external relationships with government agencies and community-based organizations, creating flyers for MOAPIA’s programs, and drafting newsletters and press releases.

Experience in graphic design software such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat is preferred. 

Outreach Intern

The intern will work closely with the Outreach Team in serving the AAPI population in the District. Duties include:

  1. assisting outreach coordinators with different outreach projects and activities
  2. visiting community based organizations, residents, and business owners
  3. providing case assistance to District residents & merchants
  4. occasional simple translations
  5. handling administrative tasks

Being bilingual in English and either Korean, Vietnamese, Mandarin, or Cantonese is required.


Applicants should be undergraduate or graduate students who possess strong written and oral communication skills as well as organizational abilities. They must be flexible and willing to take initiative. Strong computer and research skills are also desired. The intern should be able to work a minimum of 10 weeks for at least 20 hours per week. Most importantly, applicants must be able to work with diverse populations.

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please email a resume, cover letter detailing your suitability for the position, and contact information to:

Esther Kang, Internship Coordinator
Email: [email protected]

MOAPIA Volunteering Opportunities

The Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) needs volunteers, particularly bilingual or multi-lingual individuals. Throughout the year, it continuously organizes events focused on the District’s AAPI community. Some of these events include the AAPI May Heritage Month Celebration, Annual "Share a Smile, Give a Toy" Toy Drive, and AAPI Town Hall Meeting. Volunteers are crucial part to the success of these events.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the Volunteer Registration Form and send to:

Ngoc Trinh, Director of Community Engagement
Email: [email protected]