Asian Outreach Unit, Greater Boston Legal Services
Student Summer Internships (2021)
Using a movement lawyering model, the Asian Outreach Unit (AOU) at Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) advances equality and justice in the Asian American community by directly responding to legal needs and supporting community organizing. We incorporate direct legal services, legislative work, advocacy, and litigation—in collaboration with organizing—to fight against systemic forces disrupting low-income Asian immigrant communities. AOU provides bilingual and bicultural legal services to Asian immigrant clients seeking access to justice.
AOU represents individuals and groups in cases involving immigration, housing and displacement, employment, language access, voting rights, family violence, and other civil rights issues. In collaboration with community organizers, our major projects currently include representing South East Asian refugees and immigrants to stop deportations; representing tenants fighting displacement in Chinatown and Dorchester; educating nail salon workers of their rights; creating greater language access for Asian immigrants in areas such as voting, education, and public housing; and representing undocumented immigrants. AOU conducts extensive outreach and weekly community-based intakes, which have transformed into remote clinics since the pandemic began. AOU recognizes that empowering people and communities is critical to building effective cross-cultural and multiracial social justice movements.
AOU internships expose undergraduate and law students to the wide range of legal issues faced by Asian immigrant communities and train interns in a variety of poverty and civil rights law. Student interns assist and participate in community-based outreach and intake, client interviews (in clients’ native languages), legal representation, and development of community legal educational materials. Interns may also visit community partners to conduct interviews and participate in meetings. Interns also conduct legal research and writing on a broad range of subject matter. Cantonese, Khmer, Mandarin, or Vietnamese language ability is a plus.
As of this posting, this internship will be fully remote. Interns must commit to a full-time schedule for the summer. Please submit a cover letter and your resume to email@example.com with the subject title, “AOU Summer Internship.”
Applications from law students are being accepted immediately. Undergraduate applications will be due March 19. If you have questions about the internship, email firstname.lastname@example.org.