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Get Involved with the Asian & Asian American Center

Asian and Asian American Center interns and staff at Cornell team and leadership climbing 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: aaa-l-request@cornell.edu 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 aaac@cornell.edu or our assistant director Daniel Hoddinott at dnh43@cornell.edu.

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
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major(s): English (PhD)
Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand
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.
Favorite class: The Gothic Imagination (I'm a reader this semester)
Involvement & hobbies: Knitting and fun reading!
 

 

Undergraduate Interns

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Abbie Zhu '21
Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major(s): Applied Economics and Management
Hometown: Lexington, MA
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? A3C is an important and impactful organization that brings awareness to Asian and Asian-American issues and creates a supportive and collaborative community for Asians on campus. I wanted to become more involved in the Asian community in a meaningful way and joining A3C was a great way to help make a difference.
Favorite place: Shanghai, China
Favorite artist: Ed Sheeran
Involvement & hobbies: A3C is an important and impactful organization that brings awareness to Asian and Asian-American issues and creates a supportive and collaborative community for Asians on campus. I wanted to become more involved in the Asian community in a meaningful way and joining A3C was a great way to help make a difference.

Ash Arumugam '23
Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, Her
Major(s): Undecided
Hometown: Atlanta, NJ
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.
Favorite music: Aminé
Favorite class: Sociology of Law
Involvement & hobbies: Cornell Society of India, Cornell Society for Women in Business

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Kaddie Chen '21

Mental Health Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major(s): Biological Sciences
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
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.
Favorite class: Medicine & Healing in Ancient China
Involvement & hobbies: I am involved in the College of Arts & Sciences Pre-Health Association (CASPHA), Translator-Interpreter Program, and Petient Care Advocacy Team at the Cayuga Medical Center. I also enjoy traveling, taking nature walks, and trying out new foods. 

Laura Kim '23
Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major(s): Industrial and Labor Relations 
Hometown: Paramus, NJ
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.
Favorite artist: Ginger Root
Involvement & hobbies: I'm involved with KASA and Delta Delta Delta. In my time, I am a big fan of picnics and short stories.

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Laura Nguyen '21
Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major(s): Applied Economics and Management
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? I love interning A3C because I get to take initiatives on cultural projects that actually make some impacts on the community around me. I also enjoy working with the A3C staffs and other interns as they have always been so nice and supportive.
Favorite place: Any exotic island
Favorite artist: Ed Sheeran
Involvement & hobbies: On campus, I am also involved as an associate for Cornell Consulting, co-Outreach Chair for CUABS, and a CAPSU Mentor. In my free time, you can find me lying on the slope, discovering beats on Soundcloud, drinking lattes, or reading a book.

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Madeline Parga '22
CLIMB Facilitator Intern & First-Generation College Student
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major(s): Biology & Society
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA (but I live in Las Vegas!)
Why do you enjoy interning at the A3C? Interning at the A3C is somewhat like my portal to being able to be involved with my cultural identity and issues surrounding it while at Cornell. As a college student, I feel like it's my opportunity and responsibility to further my relationship with my identity as an Asian-American, and in doing so Cornell starts to feel more like home. This sense of home extends both to all us interns and all who enjoy and utilize the A3C!
Favorite class: Creative Writing
Involvement & hobbies: Biology Scholars Program, writing, volunteering with rabbits, and marching band 

Kimberly Zhang '23
Program Manager Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major(s): Biological Sciences
Hometown: New York City
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.
Favorite music: Adele
Involvement & hobbies: CRU, GVA, and PATCH. In my free time, I like to read, paint, and take care of my mini plants.

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Tamara Sato '22
CLIMB Facilitator Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major(s): Hotel Administration
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
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.
Favorite class: Human Resources
Involvement & hobbies: Hotel Leadership Development Program at the Statler Hotel, Hotel Ezra Cornell, Cornell Asian Pacific Student Union (CAPSU), and Forte Campus at Cornell. My hobbies are hiking, exercising, and baking.

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Wendy Lau '22
Peer Lead Intern & First-Generation College Student
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major(s): Government
Minor(s): Environmental and Sustainability
Hometown: Chelsea, New York City
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.
Favorite class: Oceanography (Bruce Monger is very inspirational), Inside Europe (GOVT 2553)
Involvement & hobbies: Alpha Phi Omega, swimming, watching Trevor Noah Youtube videos, and exploring new food places

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Yuan Chen '22
Campus Engagement Intern
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Major(s): Industrial Labor Relations
Minor(s): Business 
Hometown: New York, New York
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.
Favorite class: Introduction to Yoga
Favorite artist: 88rising
Involvement & hobbies: social impact business, spilling (thai iced) tea with friends, embroidering, and thrifting

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.