This semester-long internship is designed for young people in NC who want to advance the mission and work of NCAAT while developing their own skills and experience within a nonprofit organization. The intern will work closely with a personal supervisor and with the NCAAT staff to develop their own work plan and personal project. Upon completion of the internship, the intern will have engaged with a topic that they are passionate about to create a unique final project ranging from community organizing and advocacy, research, cultural education, civic engagement to public policy. The dates for this internship are 9/1/2020- 11/25/2020.

*Priority for this internship will go to students who are either based in or attend a North Carolina School* 

APPLICATIONS CLOSE AUGUST 14, 2020

Seeking

  • Enthusiastic young people age 16 and up to current college seniors who want to develop personally and professionally
  • Young people who want to advance the mission of NCAAT
  • Those who want to better understand Asian American identity and its implications for organizing and leadership

Internship components

  • Spend 12 weeks total as an NCAAT intern
  • Work with a supervisor to create and manage a personal work plan
  • Complete and submit education and reflection assignments
  • Get trained in RVP via Empower App
  • Attend 2-3 of NCAAT’s virtual programs through the duration of the internship
  • Help craft and implement a social media plan for NCAAT youth on various social media platforms
  • Attend enrichment webinars from national partner organizations on behalf of NCAAT

Internship benefits

  • Stipend of $1440 given out in two disbursements
  • One-on-one mentoring and guidance from NCAAT staff
  • Access to NCAAT resources and network
  • Personal and professional development
  • Opportunities to grow leadership, advocacy, and community organizing skills

Meet our Fall 2020 NCAAT Interns!

alina

Alina Khan was born in South Carolina but spent most of her childhood in Raleigh, NC, after moving in 2010. She is a first-generation Pakistani American and a senior at Apex Friendship High School. Alina has a passion for advocacy, human rights, and giving back to her community. She is an ambassador for the Zakat Foundation of North Carolina and is a member of multiple coalitions for racial equality. 

Alina loves learning other languages and cultures and has studied 3 different languages besides her native language, Urdu. She hopes to learn even more about the AAPI community through this experience as a voter engagement intern. 

She is currently applying to colleges but hopes to major in something related to political science or public policy and, in the future, pursue a career in the legal field.

Audrey

Audrey Meigs is a sophomore at Davidson College from Asheville, North Carolina. She is a Political Science major and Communications minor pursuing a track that will hopefully take her to law school to study human rights law in the future. In 2019, Audrey was awarded the John Montgomery Belk Scholarship that is given to students who exhibit leadership skills in their communities. She hopes to study abroad in Asia one day with the stipends the scholarship provides her. As an adopted Asian American born in China, Audrey has a unique perspective on the AAPI experience. Growing up in a predominantly white area and going to predominantly white schools, she has experienced the racial and ethnic identity crisis that so many Asian Americans face in their lifetimes. Audrey is the Political Engagement Chair for Davidson College’s Pan Asian Student Association which aims to amplify Asian voices on campus through cultural events and advocacy. Her political activism has led her to set up voter registration booths with organizations working for LGBTQ+ rights in the south, speaking at Democratic events in her local community, working as a page in the NC legislature and for Governor Cooper, and lobbying on Capitol Hill three times for bills that guarantee girls in developing countries can gain citizenship and education. She has also worked extensively with Girl Up, an organization of the United Nations Foundation that helps adolescent girls in underdeveloped nations get the funding and resources they need to live happy and healthy lives in their communities.

In her free time, Audrey is heavily involved in theatre, most notably starring in her middle school production of The Little Mermaid as Ariel. She also enjoys reading, knitting, and hiking. She loves iced coffee, Game of Thrones, and John Green’s podcast: The Anthropocene Reviewed. If you want to contact Audrey, follow her on Instagram @audreymeigs or send her an email at audreymeigs@gmail.com. She’d love to get in touch with you!

Amy

Amy Dang is currently a senior at the Wake STEM Early College High School and dual enrolled at NC State University. With an interest to major in business and marketing, Amy plans to connect the community by amplifying Asian American stories, as well as gain traction to NCAAT’s mission, through social media. 

You may see her out and about behind the Cha House Raleigh counter as your friendly neighborhood boba barista or at Vietnamese-centered events, such as the Tét, making banh mi! She is also an avid baker who always has her nose in the newest Netflix food documentary, so if you ever need a recipe for the best chocolate chip cookies, don’t hesitate to reach out to Amy!

Zuhaa

Zuhaa Asrar is from Cary, NC, and is a senior at Panther Creek High School. As the daughter of Indian Muslim immigrants, she has experienced first-hand the disconnect between Asian American youth and their identities, thus sparking her interest in youth advocacy. 

She is the current co-president of her school’s Muslim Student Association, where she has worked with Muslim community leaders to design programs meant to dismantle societal barriers within Muslim youth spheres. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Morrisville chapter of YASEER, a youth-run volunteering organization for Muslim students. Previously, she has served as an instructor at Al-Mizaan Leadership Academy, where she has designed and taught Quranic Arabic Reading and Writing curricula for minority Muslim students. She is endlessly enamored by linguistics and enjoys learning about the impact of language on cultural identity. Outside of school, Zuhaa is an active volunteer at both the Islamic Center of Morrisville and the UNCREX Hospital. The intersection of her many interests in science, literature, linguistics, and advocacy has inspired Zuhaa to create Team STEAM NC, an education initiative offering free interdisciplinary education opportunities.

In the future, Zuhaa plans to study Comparative Literature and Anthropology on the pre-medicine track. She wishes to work towards removing the social and racial biases that exist both in the health field and the Muslim American community at large. In her free time, you can find Zuhaa reading contemporary fiction, running at the Tobacco Trail, or designing graphics on her all-time favorite website, Canva. 

As an intern, she hopes to create platforms through which Asian American youth are able to establish meaningful connections with their identities and recognize their potential in advocating for social change.

Caroline

Caroline Buaron is a senior at North Carolina State University double majoring in Economics and Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy. Born in New Jersey but now living in North Carolina, she is a Filipina American that strives to cultivate spaces for the AAPI community by recognizing its complex intersections and histories, particularly among the AAPI community in the South, through organizational work and initiating conferences. 

From 2018 – 2020, Caroline founded and was president of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) at NC State, an organization that educated the campus community about North Korean refugees and provided aid for those who wished to resettle to another country. In 2019, she was the Logistics Chair for the Triangle-Area Asian American Student Conference (TAASCON), a conference committed to acknowledging the AAPI diaspora and initiating social change. She was also Philanthropy Chair for the Filipino American Student Association (FASA) at NC State in 2019, where she organized service events to be conducted within the Raleigh community.

In her free time, she loves reading Filipinx history, finding new music, and line dancing to September by Earth, Wind, & Fire.

MinhThu

Minh-Thu Dinh is a sophomore at NC State University majoring in electrical engineering with an intended minor in theatre. She has been actively involved in her local Asian American community for many years. In high school, Minh-Thu co-founded a high school-based Vietnamese Student Association and served as an executive officer of her school’s Asian Cultures Club. As an executive officer, she was given the opportunity to host, write, and create an Asian cultural festival with a variety of engaging performances. In 2019, she conducted independent research about Asian American self-segregated social groups in predominantly white institutions. 

Last year, she served as a general body representative of the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) at NC State. Minh-Thu worked predominantly as a scriptwriter and technical liaison for both their cultural ball and for “Viet Night,” an annual cultural show. This year, she is an A/V staff member for the 10th annual conference by the Mid-Atlantic Region of Vietnamese Student Associations (MAUVSA). Minh-Thu is excited to join NCAAT’s team as an intern to encourage Asian Americans to think critically about their political and cultural history. She is also thrilled to be a PIVOT (The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization) North Carolina fellow, which provides resources about voter engagement for Vietnamese Americans nationwide.

In her free time, Minh-Thu enjoys playing the ukulele, watching The Try Guys, and dreaming about theatrical performances. When theater productions re-open, she hopes to volunteer as a technical crew member at her university’s theatre.

Nina

Nina Lin is a first-year at Yale University from Fayetteville, NC, interested in studying Anthropology and Architecture. She is a Chinese American artist with work spanning painting, sculpture, and social practice pursuits. Her fascination with the logistics of combining reality and fantasy is thoroughly exhibited within her pieces. Sharing, be it through visual storytelling or vibrant visuals, has become a tenet of Nina’s artistic process that translates to activism and public outreach. The colorful, detailed nature of Nina’s work demonstrates the nuanced nature of the natural world and interconnectedness of human interactions. Her social practice work, “Dialogue: The Immigrant Conversation,” has garnered over 100 accounts of human culture in the cascade of immigration in America. Nina hopes to implement critical elements of her past work and present work with NCAAT to building a more equitable future for cultural advocacy and to eventually attend law school.

Meet our Summer 2020 NCAAT Interns!

Veda

Veda Patil (she/her) is a rising senior from Charlotte, NC attending UNC-Chapel Hill. She studies Political Science with minors in English and Education. Some of her organizational involvement prior to joining NCAAT includes: the Campus Y, UNC’s historic hub for social justice and innovation, where she currently serves as one of the 2020-2021 Co-Presidents. Veda is part of the first cohort of Blue Sky Scholars and the Bonner Leaders Program. Through the Bonner Leaders Program, she worked at the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making history, where she dealt primarily with volunteer coordination, grassroots engagement, and workshop curriculum development on local civil rights history in the historically Black neighborhoods of Northside and Pine Knolls, Chapel Hill. Additionally, she interned with the Worker’s Rights Project at the North Carolina Justice Center during the summer of 2018, and formerly served as the Director of Outreach and the Co-Chair of Programming at the UNC Institute of Politics.

Veda hopes to teach after graduation and eventually attend law school. She hopes to work at the intersection of education and labor policy and do her part in creating a more equitable public education system. She also cares deeply about South Asian/Desi community advocacy and the power of narratives and storytelling in changing the status quo. Her interests range from grassroots community mobilization to postcolonial literature to following Sephora’s newest releases. Feel free to reach out to her to talk about anything social justice, literature, or makeup related!

Kimberly

Kimberly Cang is a rising junior at UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Social and Economic Justice. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts but spent most of her life in Norcross, Georgia. As a child of Cambodian refugees, she is extremely proud of her Teochew Chinese and Khmer culture which is what galvanized her interest in Southeast Asian American rights and Asian American advocacy in general. She has been involved with OCA National where she was a 2018 Gold Mountain Scholar and 2019 Census Ambassador. She currently serves as the Political Chair on UNC’s Asian American Students Association and is on the Student Council for UNC’s up and coming Asian American Center. She is also a member of Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc and serves as the treasurer on UNC’s Multicultural Greek Council. During the school year, Kimberly works at Compass Center for Women and Families through the Campus Y Bonner Leaders Program, a non-profit that supports victims of domestic violence in Orange County.

In the future, Kimberly hopes to work with low-income and minority communities in the health care and health policy field. In her free time, she loves volunteering with organizations such as Refugee Community Partnership and UNC Hospitals. She also loves to journal, explore new boba shops, binge movies and TV shows, and listen to musicals such as Hamilton!

Gaomomee

Gaomomee Yang is a first-generation Hmong-American from outside the Research Triangle Area. She (very recently) graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and through her time here came into contact with NCAAT. Since she was little she has always been curious and due to this developed a deep love and passion for learning – as it provided her with answers she needed about the matters around her. Particularly she loves learning about social issues and cultures outside of her own because she is presented with unique perspectives and experiences separate from her own – opening her to a different way of perceiving the world. In her free time, she loves to binge-watch TV shows or spend time with her family and friends. She would also consider myself to be quite the chef however her baking skills could still use some work, but, through the amount of free time we have all been presented with, she is proud to say that she has gotten slightly better! Finally, she is an aspiring healthcare professional and will be attending UNC this fall to major in Biology and minor in Chinese!

Maria

María José is 16 years old and a rising senior at Garner High School. She is an intern at NCAAT and a senior fellow for ACE (Alliance for Climate Education)! She has worked with other organizations like el Pueblo as a youth council member before. She is really excited to be working with NCAAT and voter registration!