SDAAFE Newsletter Feb 2018

February 2018

  • Endorsement for John Chiang
  • County Registrar of Voters Meeting
  • APAC Gala Event
  • The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders



Endorsement for John Chiang

“John Chiang is committed to making investment in education a top priority as governor, and has always supported in breaking the political ceiling” said Steve Hsieh, Vice President of San Diego Asian Americans for Equality. “Being a child of immigrants, John has sought to help Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a greater voice in the political process. He has been vigilant in watching over state finance and fought against corruption in local governments. It is our pleasure to endorse his run for governor” .

John Chiang has held the positions of California State Treasurer (2015–present), California State Controller (2007–2015).

San Diego Asian Americans for Equality is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Asian Americans to win equal opportunity and justice through active participation in civic and public affairs in San Diego County. It is the only nonpartisan Asian American Political Action Committee in San Diego County with over 1700 members.

Contact: SDAAFE President Shawn He,phone: 8587616669,email:

County Registrar of Voters Meeting

APAC Gala Event

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders works to improve the quality of life for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the nation through increased access to and participation in federal programs. The Initiative engages with federal leaders and the community on four cross-cutting ideas: data disaggregation, language access, capacity building, and workforce diversity.


The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders offers full-time 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 are available in Washington, DC at the Initiative headquarters.

The Initiative is responsible for the implementation of Executive Order 13515, dated October 14, 2009.  Its purpose is to develop, monitor, and coordinate executive branch efforts to improve the quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) through increased participation in federal programs. The Initiative is housed at the Department of Education but its scope is government-wide.

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

Applicants for intern positions must be undergraduates or graduate students who are enrolled at least half-time.  Candidates should be familiar with AAPI issues and have outstanding research, writing, communications, and computer skills.

How to Apply:*

If you are interested in applying, please visit the Department of Education’s Internship page for detailed instructions and the internship application.

Additionally, please send the following to


Cover Letter

Department of Education Internship Application

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


Please note that the dates below are approximate. Based on a student’s availability and school schedule, internships can begin or end before or after the dates indicated below.


Dates of program: September through December

Submission Deadline: July 15


Dates of program: January through May

Submission Deadline: October 1


Dates of program: May/June through July/August

Submission Deadline: March 15

All applicants must be:

At least 18 years of age

Enrolled in a degree-seeking program at an accredited academic institution

Authorized to work in the United States

Note: If applicants are not U.S. citizens, but reside in the U.S., the applicant may still be eligible for an internship if the following requirements are met:

Must have resided in the United States for three (3) out of the last five (5) years. This ensures an adequate background investigation can be completed.

Must either be a lawful permanent resident of the United States or hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa or have deferred action (DACA) status.

Must be enrolled in school in the United States.

Must be a citizen from a country that is allied with the United States.

A current list of allied nations can be located at:

A requisite investigation must be conducted on all non-U.S. citizen interns. All investigation materials must be submitted and approval granted by the OM Personnel Security Office prior to commencing the internship.

All internship positions at the Initiative are unpaid. 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.





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