Summer Internship at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders

Summer Internships

Deadline: February 10, 2022 for Summer Session (May-August 2022)

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders offers full-time student volunteer internships year-round (spring, summer, and fall). Part-time applicants who can commit to at least 20 hours a week will be considered, although the Initiative prioritizes full-time applicants (32-40 hours a week). Internships will be based in Washington, DC, with the option to work remotely.

The Initiative is responsible for the implementation of President Joe Biden’s Executive Order 14031, dated May 28, 2021. Its purpose is to drive an ambitious whole-of-government agenda to advance equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities. The Initiative is housed at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services within the Office for Civil Rights.

Interns at the Initiative are responsible for assisting the staff on a wide range of AA and NHPI issues and priorities, including addressing anti-Asian bias and hate, COVID-19 recovery, capacity building, civil rights, data disaggregation, economic development, education, health, language access, workforce diversity, and more. In addition, interns will help write policy memos and proposals, draft blogs, assist with communications and social media, help coordinate and staff events, and assist with outreach to national and local AA and NHPI organizations and leaders.

Applicants for intern positions must be undergraduate or graduate students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a diploma, certificate, or degree-seeking student. Ideally, the candidate will already be familiar with AA and NHPI issues and have outstanding writing, research, communications, and computer skills.  

How to Apply:*

If you are interested in applying, please send the following to with the subject line “Internship Application for WHIAANHPI”:

  • Dates that you are available for the internship (minimum of 3 months)
  • Location preference of your internship (Washington, DC; or remote)
  • Resume
  • A written statement that describes (1) an issue that affects the AA and NHPI community on a national level, (2) a strategy that you would implement at the Initiative to address that issue, and (3) the organizations and/or federal agencies with whom you would collaborate and why. The statement should be no more than one page, single-spaced in Times New Roman, 12 point font.

(*If not accepted to this program, your application may be passed onto other federal agencies for consideration.)

All intern applicants must be:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a degree-seeking program at an accredited academic institution
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • All interns must go through a security background check.

A limited number of paid internships may be available, and we also encourage potential interns to seek course credit or funding through external programs. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.