INTERNSHIPS

The success of our programs are dependent on the generous work and time given by our volunteers and interns. Through your help we can continue our mission to educate for social justice.
 

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INTERNSHIP

Position Overview:

The goal of this internship is to expand public awareness of and involvement at our events and the
Korematsu Institute mission. Interns will assist in planning our annual public education event, Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. Through this event we promote awareness of the Japanese American WWII incarceration experience and Fred Korematsu’s legacy, and bridge these stories with current civil and human rights issues. The intern will be expected to produce a communications strategy and an execution plan that utilizes social media, blogs, the KI website and other platforms. Along with public communications and outreach, this internship will also focus on developing community partnerships. The intern will incorporate our existing Community Partners into
their social media plans as well as reach out to new potential Community Partners. Interns will learn how to use public relations skills and social media to further a cause and organization. Rather than simply informing the public, this intern will develop the skills necessary to develop and build relationships with the community to draw in new donors and partners to support our mission.

This is part-time unpaid internship that requires approximately 15-20 hours a week. There will be required weekly meetings with flexible hours and the possibility to work remotely. Interns report directly to the Education Program Director and Administrative Assistant.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the planning of the Korematsu Institute’s annual public education event, Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.
  • Conduct Digital Communications of KI sponsored events such as Fred Korematsu Day and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference

1. Produce social media content and build a strong social media plan.
2. Write blog and website posts to promote awareness of Korematsu Institute events.
3. Outreach to local and national community organizations to co-sponsor Fred Korematsu Day event.
4. Research potential speakers and participants for Fred Korematsu Day event.
5. Participate with Fred Korematsu Day Committee on the planning of the event.
6. Initiate and develop an active Korematsu Institute Instagram account with guidance of KI staff.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to produce digital content and write posts for KI social media channels that have high visibility and interaction.
  • Diligent self-starters who collaborate well with others.
  • Ability to plan and prioritize workflow and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Independent thinkers who can make sound decisions and manage their time well.
  • Excellent communication skills to reach out to various sources and to respond to supervisors regarding assignments, meetings and requests.
  • Strong technology and social media skills.

ANNUAL RESEARCH PROJECT INTERNSHIP

Position Overview:

The Internship will focus on the research and acquisition of documents and photographs for our 2018 Commemorative Calendar. Using databases and archives, both digital and physical, the intern will be responsible for planning their course of research and executing it in a timely manner. This intern will also be expected to provide detailed citations for all information as well as acquire copyright and licensing information for all photographs with the guidance of KI staff. This internship will teach our intern how research can be used outside the classroom and in a real world setting meant to create a product for a consumer, in this case our donors and the public.

This is part-time unpaid internship that requires approximately 15-20 hours a week. There will be required weekly meetings with flexible hours and the possibility to work remotely. Interns report directly to the Education Program Director and Administrative Assistant.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Research various websites and library resources for archival photos relevant to the theme of next year's calendar and cite resources.
  2. Investigate how to acquire photos and conduct procedure with guidance of Korematsu Institute staff.
  3. Communicate professionally with organizations and institutions regarding acquiring photos.
  4. Collaborate and communicate with other interns and KI staff on research and assignments.
  5. Organize research on Google Sheets.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent research skills and ability to cite resources properly.
  • Diligent self-starters who collaborate well with others.
  • Ability to plan and prioritize workflow and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Independent thinkers who can make sound decisions and manage their time well.
  • Excellent communication skills to reach out to various sources and to respond to supervisors regarding assignments, meetings and requests.
  • Strong computer skills, specifically in Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and
  • Google Docs and adapting to project management web platforms such as TeamUp and Asana.

PUBLIC POLICY INTERNSHIP

Position Overview:

In 2010, the Governor of California signed the legislative bill establishing Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution on January 30 in perpetuity, the first state-wide day in U.S. history named after an Asian American.  Hawaii, Virginia, and Florida have recognized January 30th as this day in perpetuity while other states have instituted a Fred Korematsu Day by Proclamation for specific years. We are leading efforts to recognize Fred Korematsu in other states and also achieve a national Fred Korematsu Day to honor his legacy as a civil rights hero for all Americans.  This Internship will focus on public policy at the state level across the United States in order to create education kits to distribute to activists in every state. This internship will provide the intern will real world skills of transforming an ideal into a legislative reality.

This is part-time unpaid internship that requires approximately 15-20 hours a week. There will be required weekly meetings with flexible hours and the possibility to work remotely. Interns report directly to the Education Program Director and Administrative Assistant.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Research and create a report on state legislative calendars/schedule on passing laws about days of recognition such as Fred Korematsu Day.
  2. Create Education Kits for legislators that includes a “Why Fred Korematsu Day in Your State” flyer/fact sheet.
  3. Investigative research on history of how specific states came to recognize Fred Korematsu Day by outreaching to various organizations and institutions and conducting research.
  4. Draft letters to governors, legislative committees, and Asian Pacific American Advisory Boards to promote a Fred Korematsu Day in perpetuity.
  5. Research all state history/social studies standards to find what extent the Japanese American Incarceration/Internment experience and Fred Korematsu’s story is taught.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent research and written skills.

  • Diligent self-starters who collaborate well with others.

  • Ability to plan and prioritize workflow and meet deadlines.

  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through.

  • Independent thinkers who can make sound decisions and manage their time well.

  • Excellent communication skills to reach out to various sources and to respond to supervisors regarding assignments, meetings and requests.

  • Strong computer skills, specifically in Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Docs and adapting to project management web platforms such as TeamUp and Asana.


Our mission is educating to advance racial equity, social justice, and human rights through the legacy of Fred Korematsu’s story. The Fred T. Korematsu Institute (KI) is a national organization and our work impacts all 50 states and a growing number of countries around the world. With the Korematsu Institute Internship comes the responsibility of carrying on Fred Korematsu’s legacy throughout your journey. There is social justice in all aspects of life and we hope Fred Korematsu will inspire you to always “Stand Up for What Is Right” wherever life leads you. Fred Korematsu was an American Civil Rights Hero and his fight for justice was not just for Japanese Americans, but for ALL Americans.

We consider your work as a Korematsu Institute Intern an important and valuable contribution to sustain, develop, and grow our national impact through education. Our policy is for you to establish a positive environment with your fellow interns - whether you are working independently or collaboratively, resulting in a meaningful and fulfilling experience. We encourage creativity and global thinking and hope you will develop your passion and purpose through the learning process of these
unpaid internships.


HOW TO APPLY

Please send the following to Education Program Director, Freda Lin at freda@korematsuinstitute.org:

1. Resume
2. Cover Letter that addresses the following:

  • Which internship are you interested in? Give details to explain why.
  • Give a thoughtful example as to how you would approach and carry out the goals and duties of the internship.

3. References List that includes at least 3 references with the following information:

  • Title at his or her organization
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Relationship to you

WHERE WE'RE LOCATED

The Korematsu Institute is housed in a progressive community of like-minded social justice non-profit organizations at the Thoreau Center in the Presidio of San Francisco.