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ASIAN 290: Asian American Studies Internship

 

For more information and to set up an appointment to discuss ASIAN 290, please email the AASP Director!

 

What is ASIAN 290?

ASIAN 290 is an opportunity for students to gain course credit for substantive internships that are relevant to the field of Asian American Studies, where students gain practical experience participating in a local or national community-based organization that serves, or is led by, Asian Americans.

The objective of ASIAN 290 is to train students to transform Asian American Studies scholarship into practice, and to realize the relevance of their classroom training in a broader social context. ASIAN 290 is recommended for students seeking a minor in Asian American Studies, but it is not mandatory.

 

What work will I be required to do as part of ASIAN 290?

In addition to interning for a minimum of 15 hours/week at an APA-led or -serving community-based organization, students in ASIAN 290 will be expected to submit bi-weekly two-page reflections on their experiences as interns, looking both at their role within the organization as well as presenting a more structural analysis of the organization itself. How is the mission of the organization aligned with day-to-day tasks? Can the student identify areas that are working very well, and explain how or why? Conversely, can the student identify areas that need improvement, and explain how or why? These entries should culminate in a final paper and presentation to the AASP faculty that summarizes the student’s experience and synthesizes their analyses of the internship experience within the broader context of their AASP coursework. Other relevant written work or readings may be required at the discretion of the AASP Director or academic advisor and/or internship coordinator/supervisor.

 

ASIAN 290 Learning Outcomes

By completing ASIAN 290, students will be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of how Asian American scholarship is relevant to Asian American community formations at a local or national level;

Demonstrate familiarity with the social, political, and economic contexts in which organizations work to advance or remedy Asian American issues, be they related to the arts/literature, housing, urban planning, public health, at-risk youth, or any number of other critical concerns;

Demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary relevance of the community-based origins of Asian American Studies, where early curricula were rooted in the concerns of Asian American students, faculty, and communities;·

Demonstrate understanding of the heterogeneity and evolving complexity of the Asian immigrant population in the U.S., along intersecting axes of race, class, sexuality, gender, religion, language, and national affiliation.

 

This sounds great! How do I get started?

The first step is for students - at least one semester prior to the internship semester, but preferably even earlier - to meet with the AASP Director (email her here!) to discuss their goals for the internship: its relevance to their AASP course work, what they hope to learn (professionally and academically), whether they are looking at local or national organizations, etc., and to identify a pool of potential organizations to apply to. The student can then, in consultation with the AASP Director, apply for said internships and, if successful, put the AASP Director in contact with the internship supervisor/coordinator. After that, the three (AASP Director, student intern, and internship supervisor/coordinator) should set up a meeting to discuss the parameters and goals of the internship, and how it is directly related to the student's AASP course work. Note that ENGL 120 is a pre-requisite for this course!

 

ADA Compliance

In compliance with the American Disability Act of 1990 (ADA) and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Hunter College is committed to ensuring educational parity and accommodations for all students with documented disabilities and/or medical conditions.· It is recommended that all students with documented disabilities (Emotional, Medical, Physical, and/or Learning) consult the Office of AccessABILITY located in Room 1214B in the East Building to secure necessary academic accommodations.· For further information and assistance, please call (212) 772-4857/TTY (212) 650-3230.

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