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There are many ways to get involved with the A3C or even take on a leadership role! You are always welcome to attend an A3C program or just stop by our space at 626 Thurston to study, take a break, meet new friends, or receive advice from our staff and student interns.

You may also use our conference room or lounge for a club meeting, project, or event. Visit this site to reserve a room (search for “A3C” under locations).    

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A3C Undergraduate Interns  

Interested in equity, empowerment, and belonging work and/or community building? Or perhaps you are looking to enhance your leadership skills? This paid internship could be for you. The A3C selects a group of creative, motivated, and talented undergraduate interns to help organize and run the center's activities. Hiring typically begins at the beginning of the academic year, and available positions are posted on Workday. This is a paid position, and interns are expected to work 5-8 hours per week. Interns are supported by our A3C Graduate Interns and Professional Staff (Director and Assistant Director).   

A3C Graduate Interns 
The A3C also hires graduate student interns each year. Our graduate interns work on a variety of programs connected to the A3C’s mission and assist with daily center operations, outreach, mentorship, leading a team of interns, and new initiatives. These positions are expected to work between 8-10 hours per week and are paid.  Open positions are posted on Workday. 


The A3C advises and/or collaborates with many student organizations. This section contains a list of the A3C’s campus partners in the APIDA student community.    

Asian Pacific Americans for Action (APAA) APAA is a social justice group running on themes of activism, advocacy, and alliance. It has been at the forefront of Asian American activism and advocacy at Cornell since 1991 (and earlier as other names). We seek to develop an educational forum promoting discourse on socio-political issues affecting the Asian Pacific Islander American community. Our mission is to further Asian American awareness on campus and to politically empower Asian Pacific American students. 

Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (CAPSU) CAPSU is the umbrella organization for all 75+ Asian & Asian-Interest groups on Cornell University’s campus. CAPSU aims to bring undergraduate organizations representing students of Asian descent together to facilitate networking among the members of the community. CAPSU strives to be the platform for the Cornell community to learn and understand our diverse ethnic backgrounds in order to form a more cohesive community. CAPSU works under the advisement of the Asian and Asian American Center (A3C) when fulfilling their goals throughout the academic year. 

International Student Union (ISU) ISU is a funding organization and an umbrella organization for international and cultural clubs in Cornell. The International Students Union (ISU) aims to promote international awareness in the Cornell community through international events, funding for cultural organizations, and advocacy projects. 

OASIS OASIS is a social and cultural organization for students who identify as LGBTQ+ and Asian. Their mission is to foster and support a community for APID/A (Asian, Pacific-Islander, Desi) LGBT+ students on campus. 

Society for Asian American Graduate Affairs (SAAGA) SAAGA aims to be a community for graduate and professional students that either self-identify as “Asian American” or are interested in topics relating to the Asian American experience. SAAGA provides members the opportunity to socialize with others, share academic and professional advice, and discuss issues of race, ethnicity, politics, and culture as they pertain to Asian Americans. 

South Asian Council (SAC) SAC is the umbrella organization for all of Cornell’s 19 South Asian-interest groups. SAC aims to raise awareness and advocacy for South Asian interests, provide support for the community, and build cross-cultural collaborations. SAC works in close partnership with the Asian and Asian American Center (A3C) in fulfilling their goals throughout the academic year. 


The Cornell Asian Alumni Association (CAAA) was founded in 1990 to serve the needs and interests of Asian alumni, Asian students, and the University. CAAA sponsors activities and events that help promote community and connectedness among our alumni members, including professional development and social networking events, undergraduate support activities, guest speakers, and community service. Find out more about  CAAA

Thanks to our alumni for everything they have done for the Asian and Asian American community and Center! If you would like to get involved with the Center as an alumnus/a, please email the A3C Director, Huey Hsiao at