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Get Involved with the Asian & Asian American Center


There are many ways to get involved in our center, or even take on a leadership role! You are always welcome to attend an A3C program or just stop by our space to study, peruse our media library, meet new friends or talk with our staff. Other things you can do include:

  • Attend the APID/A New Student Block Party

  • Join one of the 75+ Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Desi/American student organizations
  • Apply to the A3C Undergraduate Internship Program (these positions have been filled for the 2020-21 academic year)
  • Apply to be a A3C Graduate Interns (these positions have been filled for the 2020-21 academic year)
  • Sign up for the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) 2-day training program. To register, please compete the registration form.
  • Use our conference room or lounge for a club meeting, project or event
  • Join our list serv! You will receive our weekly newsletter and other major event announcements. Just click here: and send

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.

Thank you to all of our alumni for everything you have done for our community and our center!

If you would like to get more involved with the Center as an alumnus/a, please email us at or our assistant director Daniel Hoddinott at

Work with Us

A3C Internship Program

Interested in identity-based work, social justice, community building? Potentially looking at a career in multicultural/diversity affairs or higher education? This internship could be for you. The A3C selects a group of undergraduate interns to help organize and run the center's activities. Hiring begins at the beginning of the academic year. This is a paid position and interns are supported by our A3C Graduate Interns and Professional Staff (Director and Assistant Director). We seek creative, motivated, and talented students to join our team. We have finished hiring for the academic year 2019-20.

Graduate Internships

The A3C also hires one or two paid student staff each year. You must be a graduate or professional student to apply. Our graduate intern(s) work on a variety of identity, social justice, and educational-based programs and assist with daily center operations, outreach, mentorship, and new initiatives. The position accepts ISSO Student Employment, Traditions, and federal work-study. Please reach out to Daniel Hoddinott for inquiries.

Our Intern Staff

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Mint Damrongpiwat '21
Graduate Intern, CommUNITY Series
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major: English (PhD)
Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand
Favorite Class: The Gothic Imagination (I'm a reader this semester)
Hobbies: Knitting and fun reading!
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I love connecting with those across the APID/A community through organizing CLIMB and enjoy working with local community partners.

Jiayu Liang '21
Graduate Intern, Special Projects
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major: Applied Statistics (Masters)
Hometown: Langfang, China
Favorite Class: Introduction to Machine Learning
Hobbies: Traveling, photography, painting and ukulele
Campus Involvement: Society for Asian American Graduate Affairs, COVID-19 Peer Consultant
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? Born and raised in China, studied and lived in Ireland, and now moved to the US for grad school, I am constantly exploring different cultures and sharing my own along the way. I am a big believer of diversity and inclusiveness will make our world a better place. I would love to share my experience and contribute to our community as an A3C intern.

Angela Lau, '22
CommUNITY Series Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Majors: Applied Economics and Management
Hometown: Atlanta, GA!!!
Favorite Class: Modern Hebrew I or Computing and Global Development
Other Campus Involvement: BigRed//Hacks, Center for Jewish Living, 660 Cooperative House, Engaged Cornell, research with the Cornell Dyson School and Cornell Computer and Information Science
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I want to be an A3C intern because I care about bridging social groups at Cornell and encouraging intersectionality. I hope to encourage that atmosphere as an intern.

Anthony Chen '23

CommUNITY Series Intern
Pronouns: He, him
Major: Information Science and Sociology
Minor: Asian American Studies
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Favorite Music: This changes every 3 days.
Favorite Class: Sociology of Law
Other Campus Involvement: Tutor at the Writing Center and Language Acquisition Lab Research
Hobbies: I enjoy cooking and trying different brands of seltzer
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I want to recreate the comfortable space and environment I experienced at A3C for other students.

Ash Arumugam '23

Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, Her
Majors: Sociology and Economics 
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Favorite Music: Aminé
Favorite Class: Sociology of Law
Other Campus Involvement: Cornell Society of India, Cornell Society for Women in Business, Cornell Business Review, Kappa Delta Sorority
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I think that the A3C provides phenomenal resources for students on campus and I would love to become more involved in the Asian and Asian-American community on campus. I think that A3C really embodies Cornell's spirit of community and works to create a home on campus.

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Kaddie Chen '21

Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major: Biological Sciences
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Favorite Class: Medicine & Healing in Ancient China
Other Campus Involvement: College of Arts & Sciences Pre-Health Association (CASPHA), Translator-Interpreter Program, and Petient Care Advocacy Team at the Cayuga Medical Center
Hobbies: I enjoy traveling, taking nature walks, and trying out new foods
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I am able to bring awareness to Asian and Asian American issues, learn about different Asian identities, and participate in initiatives that address those issues.

Kimberly Zhang '23
Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major: Biological Sciences
Hometown: New York City
Favorite Music: Adele
Other Campus Involvement: CRU, Guild of Visual Arts, and  Pre-Professional Association Toward Careers in Health
Hobbies: In my free time, I like to read, paint, and take care of my mini plants
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? As an A3C intern, I am able to learn more about my identity and the issues that surrounds it. I want to take part of an organization that celebrates my culture and impact the Cornell University community.

Laur Kim '23
Peer Lead Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major: Industrial and Labor Relations 
Hometown: Paramus, NJ
Favorite Music: Ginger Root
Other Campus Involvement: Korean American Students Association and Delta Delta Delta sorority
Hobbies: In my time, I am a big fan of picnics and short stories.
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I come from a pretty homogeneous high school, and I wanted to find a diverse group of people that understand my experiences. I want to become the kind of person that I wish I had to guide me when I was growing up in my suburban hometown.Laura Nguyen '21

Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Majors: Applied Economics and Management
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Favorite Class: Brexit
Favorite Music: Lauv
Other Campus Involvement: Global Network, Teaching Assistant for AEM 2700 and AEM 2600, and Cornell European Business Society
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? As an A3C intern, I get to organize events and implement ideas that benefit the APIDA community. I also meet a lot of amazing people, from the staffs, other interns, to guest speakers at our events. 

Sabiha Obaid '23
Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, They
Major: Labor and Industrial Relations
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Favorite Music: The Neighbourhood and Frank Ocean
Favorite Class: People Power: Resistance, Protest and Revolution
Other Campus Involvement: International Justice Mission, Students for Justice in Palestine, Muslim Educational and Cultural Association
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? A3C is a phenomenal department that creates a community with endless support and resources. I wanted to be an A3C intern to help bring light to the concerns of Asian and Asian American students on campus and amplify the voices of our community members.

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Tamara Sato '22
Senior CommUNITY Series Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major: Hotel Administration
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Favorite Class: Human Resources
Involvement: Hotel Leadership Development Program at the Statler Hotel, and Forte Campus at Cornell
Hobbies: Hiking, exercising, and baking
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? Through my time as an intern with the A3C, I have had the opportunity to assist with events and activities that focus on identity and community-building, as well as meet others in the APID/A community. Working with the A3C has allowed me to think critically about how I can best support the APID/A community at Cornell and beyond.

Teevyah Yuva Raju '22
Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major: Industrial Labor Relations
Minor: Food and Agricultural Business
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Favorite Class: Communications
Favorite Music: The Weeknd
Other Campus Involvement: Cornell Division I Rowing, SA Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Forte Campus
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? Being from California, Cornell was a whirlwind of differences from the weather to the large campus and being so far away from home. But, it was when I learned about the A3C that I felt like I found my community. I wanted to be an A3C intern so I could help other students on campus feel welcome and enjoy unique cultural activities that are exciting and foster open discussions.

Vivian Jiang '22
Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Majors: Computer Science and Biological Sciences 
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Favorite Class: Functional Programming or Oceanography :)
Favorite Music: Vampire Weekend, Walk the Moon, Kanye West
Other Campus Involvement: CUSail, Alpha Phi Omega, Research, Chinese Students Association, CU Nooz
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I think that college is a really unique opportunity to both connect with your own identity and be exposed to diverse cultures. I thought that the working with the A3C would be a great way to do so and help others do so, and thought it would be a great way to get more involved on campus overall. Ultimately, I wanted to contribute to a cause that I admire, while also gaining experience in event organization, social justice, etc.
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Wendy Lau '22
Program Manager Intern & First-Generation College Student
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Majors: Government & Environment and Sustainability
Hometown: Chelsea, New York City
Favorite Class: Oceanography (Bruce Monger is very inspirational)
Involvement: Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity and Epsilon Eta
Hobbies: Swimming, hiking, and exploring new food places
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I enjoy being able to connect and be moved with the Asian & Asian American communtiy on campus while also constantly being motivated and constantly learning from my peers on their same passions to foster a sense of community and bring awareness to the Asian & Asian American community.

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Yuan Chen '22
Campus Engagement Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major: Industrial Labor Relations
Minor: Business 
Hometown: New York, New York
Favorite Class: Introduction to Yoga
Favorite Music: 88rising
Hobbies: Social impact business, spilling (thai iced) tea with friends, embroidering, and thrifting
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? A3C is my avenue for Asian American advocacy. Rather than trying to prove my authenticity as an Asian or American, I hope to fight for the acknowledgement of the diaspora of Asian American experiences at Cornell.

Space Reservations

Need space for a small student organization meeting? A3C has two rooms that you can reserve for your meeting needs!

  • A3C Meeting and Study Space (10 max)
  • A3C Lounge (10-12 max)

Within 626 Thurston, there are also other rooms available in the building you are able to reserve including:

  • First Floor Multipurpose Room
  • First Floor Conference Room
  • Ground Floor Lounge
  • Ground Floor Study Room

In order to reserve a space at the center or within 626 Thurston for your group, please complete the following reservation form.

Note: the center's rooms are only available during open building hours.

A3C Library

The Cornell Asian & Asian American Center has worked together with the Asian American Studies Program (AASP) to centralize the library resources (books, DVDs, etc.) into one location. All of the library resources are now at AASP (fourth floor of Rockefeller Hall).

Please let one of the professional staff or student staff know if you are interested in learning more.