Career Resources for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders



Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship - This scholarship opportunity provides funding to minority students enrolled in one of the technical sciences or engineering disciplines.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program – This program was established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to provide outstanding students (African American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanic Americans) with an undergraduate college education, no matter what their major field of study, and to fund graduate studies in the areas of education, engineering, library science, mathematics, or science.

Entertainment Software Association Foundation, Scholarships - This is a scholarship program to assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in computer and video game arts.



National Education Association (NEA) - Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed to politics, military, medicine, aviation, entertainment, and sports in the United States. Educators, teachers and parents, these lesson plans and activities for K-12 students celebrate their heritage and contributions.

Center for Asian American Media, Films for Educators – Teachers, educators, parents, students….bring Asian American past to light with an incredible repository of films dedicated to the history of this culture.

Teach For America, Asian American and Pacific Islander Alliances - Teach For America’s AAPI Alliances works alongside other organizations committed to deliver on the promise of equal opportunity for every child and help grow the leadership of AANHPI educators inside and outside of the classroom.

Asian American Coalition for Education – AACE is a non-political, non-profit, national organization devoted to Asian-American equal rights in education and other education related activities. This is supported and advanced by its initiatives and partners.


Jobs and Grants

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants – This organization fosters and encourages participation in government contracting by socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses. They issue Black business grants, minority business grants, and women business grants.

Asian Career Network – Here is a platform for you to search for jobs, internships, career fairs and more. You will need to sign up with either LinkedIn or Facebook.

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Minority Science Writers Internships - This summer program is available to undergraduate students who are genuinely committed to diversity and interested in pursuing journalism as a career. Interns spend 10 weeks working in the news room at Science magazine, covering the scientific and technological issues that shape the global community.

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Jobs Board (AAPIP) – AAPIP’s jobs board connects passionate, values-driven AAPI member professionals with employment opportunities at U.S. based foundations, our philanthropic member organizations, and AAPI non-profits.

Emma Bowen Foundation, Minority Interests in Media Internships – This foundation recruits talented students of color and places them in multi-year paid internships at some of the nation's leading media and technology companies. The aim of this is to provide the media and tech industries with a pipeline of young talent and emerging leadership as well as advocate for best practices in diverse hiring, retention and advancement.

Federal Asian Pacific American Council, Jobs - Government-wide career opportunities available to current Federal employees and prospective employees can be found here in addition to internships for students.

Smithsonian Institution Minority Internship Program – This is a 10-week summer, fall or spring internship opportunity. Interns work on research or museum-related projects under the supervision of museum staff members.

U.S. Department of Education, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions Program - This program provides grants and related assistance to Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions to enable the improvement and expansion of capacity to serve Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders and low-income individuals.

Minority Business Development Agency, Business Grants - On an annual basis, the MBDA organizes various ‘angel investors’ with the primary objective of supporting small businesses with minority business grants.


Networking and Associations

National Association of Asian American Professionals – This organization is a non-profit and seeks to cultivate and empower Asian and Pacific Islander leaders through development, networking and community service.

Center for Asian American Media - CAAM is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible.

ColorComm - ColorComm is an essential organization for women of color in all areas of communications including Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Advertising Print Media, Broadcast, Digital and more.

Asian American Resource Center - At the AARC, the aim is to work toward a better tomorrow in communities and the around the world. There programs exist to give the struggling community the help they need, creating a better society around us.

National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP) – The NCAPIP represents Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander physicians committed to the advancement of the health and well-being of their patients and communities.

First in the Family – You may want to take a look at this website and check out the tips, planning checklists, videos, hard facts and words of inspiration from first generation students who have gone before you.

I’m First! - I’m First! was created by non-profit Center for Student Opportunity in 2013 to provide students who lack a family history of higher education with inspiration, information, and support on the road to and through college and is now an initiative of Strive for College—a national nonprofit that also runs a national online mentoring program for college-bound students.

Asian Resources – This organization is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to providing multiple social services needed in the communities, enabling everyone served to become a vital part of the changing, diverse society.

First Gen Fellows - Here is an incredible listing by state of many non-profit organizations primarily supporting low income and/or first-generation students.

Asian Women in Business - AWIB is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization with the primary mission of assisting Asian women entrepreneurs and professionals.


Start ups

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program - The primary remedial goal and objective of the DBE Program is to level the playing field by providing small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals a fair opportunity to compete for federally funded transportation contracts.

Asian Entrepreneur – Featured knowledge, featured interviews, latest articles, case studies and more. The Asian Entrepreneur is a global knowledge platform that seeks to crowdsource and provide direct access to the collective business wisdom, insights and experiences of Asian Americans.