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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, or meet new friends or talk with our staff. Other things you can do include: 

  • Join one of the 75+ Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) student organizations

  • Apply to the A3C Undergraduate Internship Program (these positions have been filled for the 2021-22 academic year)
  • Apply to be a A3C Graduate Interns (these positions have been filled for the 2021-22 academic year)
  • 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

Jiayu Liang '21
Special Projects Graduate Intern
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.

Winniebell Xinyu Zong '23
Special Projects Graduate Intern
Pronouns: She, Her
Major: Fine Arts, Poetry (Masters)
Hometown: Zibo, China
Favorite Class: ENGL 3717 - Trauma and Invention by Prof. Cathy Caruth & Prof. Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
Hobbies: Poet, Djembe player, West African dance performer
Campus Involvement: Society for Asian American Graduate Affairs
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I want to be a part of a meaningful community that I closely connect to and can contribute to. I often write poems about intersectional feminism and experiences of the Asian diaspora, and to think about sharing my Cornell journey with fellow Asian scholars gives me such giddiness and joy! I am ready to do my part to create a nurturing environment for my Asian kin.

Yeona Choi '23
CommUNITY Series Graduate Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major: Public Administration (Masters)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite Music: Jessie Reyez
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I’m excited to be in this role at A3C, advocating for APIDA students and supporting the visions they have for their campus and beyond!

Angela Lau, '22
CommUNITY Series Lead Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Majors: Applied Economics and Management
Hometown: Atlanta, GA!!!
Favorite Class: Modern Hebrew I or Computing and Global Development
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.

Ash Arumugam '23

Campus Engagement Intern
Pronouns: She, Her
Majors: Sociology and Economics 
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Favorite Music: Aminé
Favorite Class: Sociology of Law
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.

Bonny Wong '22

Graphic Design Intern
Pronouns: She, Her
Major: Design and Environmental Analysis
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Favorite Music: keshi
Favorite Class: DEA 1500: Introduction to Environmental Psychology
Campus Involvement: alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc., Cornell University Sustainable Design (CUSD)
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I have always tried to find a community of like-minded peers who share a similar background experience. As a senior, I aspire to not only give back to the Asian and Asian American community, but also be an active resource for students looking to get involved. I look forward to building a greater sense of place at Cornell with an inspiring team!

David Chen '22

Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Majors: Computer Science and Linguistics
Minor: Asian Studies
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Favorite Music: Rex Orange County
Favorite Class: CS 1110
Campus Involvement: AguaClara Cornell, Alpha Phi Omega, Arts and Sciences Ambassadors
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I wanted to be an A3C intern in order to help foster the Asian American community on campus. I also saw this as a great opportunity to learn from other people and their experiences who share a similar background to me.

Gigi Wong '22
CommUNITY Series Intern
Pronouns: She, Her
Major: Biological Studies
Minors: Asian American Studies and Equality Studies
Hometown: Boston, MA
Favorite Class: Human Resources
Campus Involvement: Alpha Phi Omega, The Advocacy Project, BME Research, TA for BIOMG 3310
Hobbies: Baking, photography, video editing, and reading
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I want to spread awareness of issues within the APIDA community and foster a sense of community with other Asian & Asian Americans on campus. I want to learn more about the diverse cultures of Asian and Asian American and our intersecting identities!

Jenny Jinjoo Park '23
Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, Her
Majors: Anthropology and Music
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite Class: Introduction to Asian American History and Introduction to Acting
Campus Involvement: Cornell Creatives, Cog Dog Theatre Troupe, Cornell Opera Society, and Tatkon Center student staff team 
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I wanted to have the opportunity to transfer the knowledge and history I learned in Asian American Studies courses into action and work towards creating impactful programs for the APIDA community at Cornell. Through the A3C Internship Program, I hope to facilitate discussions and create supportive spaces for APIDA students to celebrate their unique stories and inspire one another to grow into unapologetic sharers and lovers of their heritage. I also wanted to be a part of an amazing community of peers and mentors who could help me have a better understanding and appreciation of my Korean American dual identity.

Kelly Su '24
Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, Hers
Major: Biology & Society
Minor: Global Health and Asian American Studies
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Favorite Class: NS 2600: Introduction to Global Health
Favorite Music: LiSA
Campus Involvement: Volunteer at Cayuga Medical Center, P3 Scholar, Develop for Good, Project Hope, Cornell Thrift, First-Gen Student Union
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I want to support fellow students in a welcoming community and cultivate a greater cultural understanding. Especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important to create a welcoming environment where we can discuss delicate topics and celebrate polylithic Asian culture. As an intern, I hope to better understand my place in the world, the duality of American and Asian cultures and how to stay connected with them both in college and beyond.

Kimberly Zhang '23
Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major: Biological Sciences
Hometown: New York City
Favorite Music: Adele
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
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.

Lyss Eng '23
Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, Her
Major: Urban and Regional Studies
Minor: Southeast Asian Studies
Hometown: Manassas, VA
Favorite Class: FWS: Writing Across Cultures
Campus Involvement: AAP Ambassadors, B.O.S.S., and SEASA.
Hobbies: I love drinking iced tea and watching anime!
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I wanted to connect with other students from the APID/A community and raise awareness of issues that we face while creating initiatives that will address those issues.

Madeline Lei '23
Campus Engagement Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major: Policy Analysis and Management
Minor: Fine Arts
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Favorite Class:SOC 4010 - Diasporic & Indigenous Health
Favorite Music: Aminé
Campus Involvement:Cornell Cross-Cultural Adoptee Mentorship Program, Cornell Roosevelt Institute, College Mentors for Kids, Play & Learning Research Lab, alpha Kappa Delta Phi sorority
Hobbies: Drawing, upcycling clothing, art advocacy, finding new restaurants, listening to & finding new music!
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.

Nicole Kye '24
Campus Engagement Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Majors: Biology & Society
Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ
Favorite Class: Medicine, Culture, & Society
Campus Involvement: Graphics for Cornell Daily Sun, Cornell Rowing Club, Bee Keeping Club, KDSAP, Cornell Outing Club
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I want to contribute to the Asian and Asian American community on campus and also create connections with the Cornell Alumni as well.
Pearl Ngai

Pearl Ngai '23

CommUNITY Series Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major: Industrial Labor Relations
Hometown: Queens, NY
Favorite Music: Omar Apollo
Favorite Class: Social Problems in the U.S. and Afro-Asia: Futurism and Feminisms
Campus Involvement: Translator Interpreter Program, Students for Students, and Consult Your Community
Hobbies: Museum hopping and recreating Tik Tok recipes
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I want to continue to build up the amazing, welcoming space created by the A3C for other Cornell students to experience. Whether it be through sharing campus resources or engaging in thoughtful conversations on identity, I look forward to fostering a space that connects the greater APIDA community in meaningful ways.

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
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.

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.

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.