Asian Pacific American Student Development Internship Application
Mission Statement
Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) serves the diverse and changing needs of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community at the University of California, Berkeley. APASD provides accessible and relevant programming and resources, promotes cross-cultural community building, and advocates civil rights and social justice through education and empowerment.
APASD strives to support APA students based on the following ideas:
- serving as a campus resource on APA issues and events
- providing student development opportunities through collaborations with faculty, staff, students, and student groups
- promoting multicultural awareness through student interaction and community involvement
- promoting empowerment and self-esteem through community building on and off campus
- promoting retention and addressing underrepresentation
- sponsoring a diverse set of events, projects, programs, and activities.
Each year, APASD identifies key issues and themes around which programs are developed in collaboration with both students and student groups. Under the sponsorship of APASD, students have the opportunity to plan and implement programs such as the Asian Pacific Islander Issues Conference (APIICON) and Celebration of Asian Pacific American Womyn (CAPAW).
Leadership Development
APASD internships and program collaborations allow students to enhance their leadership skills through “hands-on” experience working with policy issues, program development, and assessment.
APASD offers a listing of job and internship opportunities as well as information on current public policy issues affecting the APA community. APASD also provides advising to the Asian Pacific American Theme House Program (APATH) and support to APA organizations on campus. Information about program development and resources are also available.
Cultural Awareness
APASD assists in planning and implementing cultural programs and events that encourage participation in campus organizations that reflect the cultural diversity of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
Community Service
Through networking and programming between community-based organizations (CBOs) and APASD, students have opportunities to intern with Asian Pacific American non-profit groups and CBOs in the Bay Area.
Multicultural Immigrant Student Program
Promotes campus support services and programs for early and recent immigrant and refugee students. This includes an academic course entitled, “Introduction to University Life: An Immigrant Student Perspective” and links to community services.
Unity in Diversity
Asian Pacific American communities are large and diverse in cultures and peoples. For this reason APASD works toward “Unity in Diversity”: supporting one another, encouraging active participation in issues affecting our communities, and increasing awareness of Asian Pacific Americans on the Berkeley campus and beyond.
APASD Internship
The Asian Pacific American Student Development Office is seeking new student interns. The internship will facilitate opportunities for interns to engage in a collaborative process that fosters community-building and coalition building with API community. Through administrative tasks and programming efforts, the APASD internship creates a dynamic learning experience to bridge connections between communities.

Expectations & Duties
- Attend weekly staff meetings on Tuesdays from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm (subject to change)
- Hold weekly office hours (3-4 hours/week)
- Attend fall and spring retreat
- Take lead on administrative tasks and programs

Important Dates
- Application Deadline: Sunday, April 21st, at 11:59 pm
- Fall Retreat: Friday, August 23rd - Sunday 25th (The Retreat will be an overnight trip and might be subject to change on that weekend) *You must be available for these days*

Application Guidelines and Check List
Step 1. Attend one of the info sessions: Tuesday (4/16) at 6:30 pm or Wednesday (4/17) at 8:00 pm in 242 Cesar Chavez. RSVP link:
Step 2. Meet with two current APASD interns from April 15 to April 19 during APASD office hours in 249 Cesar Chavez. Link:
Step 3. Fill out this application form by Sunday, April 21st, at 11:59 pm.
Step 4. Email resume to Jere Takahashi at and schedule an interview by Sunday, April 21st, at 11:59 pm. Meetings with Jere will take place from April 30 to May 18.
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