HIP Sacramento Regional Internship Summer 2020

This student leadership opportunity is made available through the partnership of Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP) and UC Davis Department of Asian American Studies.

Hmong Innovating Politics is a grassroots organization whose mission is to strengthen the political power of Hmong and disenfranchised communities through innovative civic engagement and strategic grassroots mobilization.

UC Davis Department of Asian American Studies’ program learning outcomes include ensuring that majors collaboratively develop and complete a community-engaged project that stresses social change and social justice.


It is crucial that the HIP internship experience offers UC Davis Asian American Studies students with a meaningful community engagement experience to increase the civic and political participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the Sacramento area. The HIP intern will learn leadership skills including and not limited to - project planning, grant writing, outreaching, canvassing, workshop development, facilitation, time management, and how to work effectively in a team. The intern will assist with hosting appropriate civic engagement events on-campus, engage with HIP’s Sacramento Civic Engagement team to conduct phone banking and canvassing in Sacramento, and work closely with HIP’s Director of Youth Justice and Sacramento Community Organizer. Interns can fulfill the required 192 Internship course for majors; minors and non-majors can also earn academic credit for interning.  


  1. Event planning: In partnership with the Sacramento Community Organizer, planned appropriate campus events including workshops or teach-ins regarding current issues, tabling, or campus-wide events.
  2. Workshop development and facilitation: Develop and co-facilitate various workshops addressing contemporary issues, power-building, and social change for youth and young adults.
  3. Fund development: Write and submit a small grant and/or conduct a grassroots fundraiser for a HIP program.
  4. Canvassing: Participate in the Civic Engagement Program by phone-banking and door-knocking in Sacramento neighborhoods.
  5. HIP is open to learning and supporting a relevant project of the potential intern’s choice.


  1. Commitment to the vision, mission and values of HIP and a passion for racial equity and social justice.
  2. Strong communication skills, motivation and adaptability.
  3. Ability to work collaboratively and engage peers to get more involved.
  4. Current student of UC Davis Department of Asian American Studies.

TO APPLY: Send one-page letter of interests and resume to the contacts below by MAY 1, 2020.

Hmong Innovating Politics | Nkauj Iab Yang nkaujiab.yang@hipcalifornia.com | www.hipcalifornia.com

UC Davis Department of Asian American Studies | Joe Nguyen jovnguyen@ucdavis.edu | https://asa.ucdavis.edu/