Kundiman has a robust internship program with positions in Communications, Development, Grant Research & Administration, and Programs. This is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience with an organization that supports writing communities and to gain experience in the literary arts. We love our interns!

Each position offers a stipend with possibility of renewal. We place our calls online twice a year. The Fall/Spring intern works an 8-month term from September–April, and the Summer intern works a 4-month term from May–August. The commitment is 15 hours per week. All internships are conducted remotely on a day-to-day basis, though most require attendance of several events in the New York area.

Applications will be open in late july for the fall & spring internship cycle. the deadline to apply is august 5th.


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Former interns with Kundiman staffers.



The Communications Intern supports Kundiman's programs by disseminating information through our website, emails, e-blasts, social media channels, brochures, and press releases. The Communications intern reports to the Programs & Communications Manager and to the Executive Director. Candidates must be based in the New York City area to attend meetings and events, but most of the internship will be conducted remotely.

We’re looking for candidates with:

  • An interest in Asian American writers and literature

  • A desire to work within a community of writers and arts workers

  • Alignment with Kundiman's mission and core values

  • Excellent verbal, written, and visual communications skills, including the ability to draft warm, professional, and timely emails, write clear and informative copy, and create compelling graphics. All communications should be free of grammar and usage errors and should follow professional conventions

  • The ability to work independently, as well as with others, manage time, and meet deadlines

  • An attention to detail

Duties include:

  • Drafting copy for e-blasts, website, and other promotional materials

  • Implementing Kundiman’s publicity plan across traditional and social media platforms

  • Attending NYC programs and helping to create a digital archive of the program

  • Other tasks reasonably requested by Kundiman


Development Intern

Kundiman is seeking a Development intern. This is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience with an organization that supports writing communities and the literary arts. The Development intern connects Kundiman to individual and institutional supporters, which is vital to the sustainability of Kundiman initiatives. Candidates must be based in the New York City or San Francisco area and will report to the Development Manager. Internships are conducted remotely, but generally require the attendance of events and/or meetings in the SF or NYC area.

We’re looking for candidates with:

  • An interest in learning the ins and outs of non-profit fundraising

  • Desire to work within a community of writers and arts workers

  • An interest in Asian diasporic literature

  • Strong verbal and copyediting skills

  • Ability to manage time and multiple projects, meet deadlines, and focus on detail

Duties include:

  • Researching and identifying donors that match our mission

  • Assisting with fundraising efforts

  • Analyzing trends in Kundiman donorship and updating donor database

  • Helping to organize donor events, including annual Benefit

  • Drafting development copy

  • Other tasks reasonably requested by Kundiman


Grants Intern

The Grants Research and Administration intern helps research, organize, and support tracking systems for Kundiman's government and foundation grant application. The Grants intern works 15 hours a week and reports to the Executive Director. Candidates must be based in the New York City area to attend events, but most of the internship will be conducted remotely.

We’re looking for candidates with:

  • An interest in learning the back-end work of non-profit grant writing

  • Ability to manage time and multiple projects, meet deadlines, and focus on detail

  • Strong verbal and copyediting skills

  • Desire to work within a community of writers and arts workers

  • An interest in Asian diasporic literature

Duties include:

  • Researching foundations and grants that Kundiman could apply to

  • Organizing and editing grant language from previous proposals in a grants language bank

  • Assisting with the preparation of grant proposals and artistic samples

  • Researching grants and identifying granters and foundations that match our mission

  • Maintaining a calendar of grant deadlines

  • Other tasks reasonably requested by Kundiman


Programs Intern

The Programs intern helps to organize readings, workshops, and public events that develop Asian American literary culture. They report to the Programs & Communications Manager and must be based within commuting distance from NYC. While most of the internship will be conducted remotely, the Programs Intern must be able to attend the bulk of events in the NYC area.

We’re looking for candidates with:

  • An interest in Asian diasporic literature

  • Strong verbal and copyediting skills

  • Ability to manage time and multiple projects, attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines

  • Desire to work within a community of writers and arts workers

Duties include:

  • Assisting with promotion and execution of national programs

  • Liaising with staff and regional chairs to develop programming

  • Attending Kundiman programs and public events, and assist with logistics and social media

  • Documenting, recording, and archiving media and data related to public programs

  • Other tasks reasonably requested by Kundiman


Intern Hall of fame


Patrick raneses communications intern (spring ‘19)

I've had such an edifying experience at Kundiman. Often, when thinking about our mission to "nurture generations of readers and writers of Asian American literature," I forget that I am one of those readers and writers, that I have been exposed to and have fallen in love with the writing of so many of the authors I've celebrated on social media or our website, that I've been inspired professionally, artistically, and personally by the caring senior staff that's taught and overseen me and the other interns I have worked alongside. Of all that I have learned during this internship, one of the most exciting was the idea that the work one performs can reaffirm one's identity, can inform that identity, and in fact enrich that identity. I am a reader, a writer, an Asian American. That feels more tangible now – realized, hopefully, in the work I've done to reaffirm, inform, and enrich the identities of others, as well. This internship has shifted my trajectory in life, in the best way. I'm happy to have been a part of this family.


Suzanne Sim Grant Writing intern (Spring ‘19)

My Kundiman internship was a gracious, symbiotic gift. It was an honor and pleasure to work with and be supported by such dedicated, wise, whole people. I was surprised by how much I learned. I think because Kundiman staff do such a great job of living up to the organization's mission, purpose ran through everything we did. The work felt fulfilling, the skills transferable. Kundiman's Internship program sets a high bar for employers of any field. 


Jenna Peng Development Intern (Spring ‘19)

I have learned so much during my short time with Kundiman. How to cultivate a community-wide donor base. How to prepare and manage a fundraising campaign. How to collaborate on and co-produce an International Women’s Day event. But when I reflect on my internship, most immediately, I recall reacting to videos of egregiously cheesed omelettes at a Lunar New Year salon. Sally Wen Mao brandishing a flashy bouncing ball (“a glowing orb”) in resonant delight. Kundiman chocolates and crawfish promises in a makeshift salon inside/outside of AWP. Through the meaningful skill-building, the strange memories, I leave with a deep faith in what an organization that is community-based, community-funded, community-run can do.


Joseph Gross
Communications & Development intern (Fall ‘18)

"It feels good to congratulate somebody on a wonderful achievement every day. This is one lesson I learned during my time with Kundiman. The staff emphasized that we were not just promoting Kundiman fellows' work, but celebrating it, celebrating them and their creativity and the ways their voice contributes uniquely to the chorus of literature. The fact that I was able to congratulate someone every day as I contributed to Kundiman's social media, that every day a Kundiman fellow was recognized somewhere for writing another amazing piece, is a testament to the success of Kundiman's model of community, generosity, inclusion, and courage in cultivating artists who look to higher ideals and are critical of the ways we don't reach them. Having been a part of this community, I feel confident that Kundiman will continue to be successful in closing gaps in representation in the arts and society by uplifting Asian American voices."

"I hadn't applied for an internship in Development originally, but I took to it quickly, my background in the sciences having introduced me to the small joys of finally figuring out the tricks to navigating a cumbersome database or finally closing out a spreadsheet. Really though, it was Kundiman's laser focus on people and community that defined my time here. Meetings never started with ‘We're very busy today, so let's get down to brass tacks,’ but instead with conversations about our reading, writing, cooking, or whatever other creative endeavors we might have been engaged in. Emphasis was always placed on treating people like friends in every interaction, not to maximize chances of extracting a donation, but because they are friends–friends of Kundiman, of everyone Kundiman serves, and of its mission. That mission has been stated in many ways, but the one that has stuck with me is to ‘promote social justice through representation in art.’ Kundiman's support and amplification of Asian American voices, commitment to the possibility of a more equitable, thoughtful, and caring society, and conviction that art and activism can make it reality are vital to American cultural life. I was glad I could be a small part of Kundiman's efforts these past few months."

Eileen Ramos

Eileen Ramos
Programs Intern (Fall ‘18)

"Interning with Kundiman reignited my love for literature and writing. I felt lucky to attend and assist readings filled with so much camaraderie, eloquence, and poignancy. Each thrilling night I came home with a burning desire to write and read. I was also invigorated while reading the works of fellows, featured readers, and teachers that I needed to excerpt for social media. My TBR is dangerously and incredibly lush now. I knew that Kundiman had a big heart, but I had no idea how truly all-encompassing their support, warmth, and diligence is, as demonstrated foremost by the staff. From the start, we were told to encourage and be sincerely warm towards our fellows and community, and I took tremendous joy interacting so positively online and off. In return, the staff and the wider community have always made me feel supported, necessary, and commended. My writing and social media skills have vastly improved under their guidance, but what I’m most grateful for is the passion they helped instill in me to keep writing, reading, and to remain an active participant of this wonderful community. All in all, it was nothing short of a dream internship where I got to grow to as a reader, writer, and as a person, while discovering so many brilliant wordsmiths. Kundiman doesn’t just nurture their fellows; they nurtured me as well."


Cristina Pardo
Development INtern (Spring '18)

My internship at Kundiman has nurtured me both as a professional and as a person. I have learned how to develop lasting and fruitful relationships between an organization and its supporters by connecting to the whole human being, and caring about our donors as people. This care is extended to the workplace – never have I felt so welcomed in a space as I have at Kundiman. They focus as much on teaching development skills as they do on nurturing your individual talents for the non-profit sphere. The mentorship I received at Kundiman has boosted my confidence in my professional abilities and has connected me to a supportive network of people in the field that will last far past my tenure as Development Intern."


Aaron Lascano
Programs Intern (Spring '18)

"My work for Kundiman brought me into a community filled with thoughtful, caring, and purposeful individuals. Whenever I attended a reading or workshop as part of my duties, I would find myself moved not only by the profundity of the art that was being voiced, but by the warmth of the people giving voice to the art. Kundiman's community is deeply joyful: there is a widespread and genuine eagerness to not only welcome newcomers, but to uplift them, to celebrate their efforts and accomplishments, and to provide guidance and comfort as needed. From stalwart protest, to rich discussions of cross-community solidarity, to hilarious fusions of karaoke and poetry, Kundiman and its community remain steadfast to their social mission of raising Asian American voices and to their personal mission of making everyone feel valued. That well-balanced dedication is something that I expect to find myself reflecting on for years to come. In that way, I think that my time at Kundiman has been every measure as rewarding as it has been changing."


Rebecca John
Grant Writing Intern (Spring '18)

"As an intern at Kundiman, I discovered a staff and community that was beyond eager to support my growth, development, as a writer, as a grant-writer, and simply as a human being! It was a great space to be in as someone trying to figure out next steps in my life. Here are some of the things the Kundiman community supported me with during my time as an intern: pointers on writing workshops I could take part in NYC, coaching time with grant writers, the opportunity to attend an Asian American caucus at the AWP conference, a plethora of retreat and residencies to apply to for free, Asian American literature recommendations, and much more!"

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Lily Rugo
Communications Intern (Spring '18)

"Being able to find and be a part of the extensive network of Asian American poets and authors was so much fun this past spring. I love working with a small, welcoming staff who all believe in the same cause. I never knew this community existed, and found it so heartwarming to see how the Kundi-fam worked together to help promote, congratulate, and work with one another. Kundiman is an amazing resource for writers and the community, and I'm glad I was able to help contribute to it in some small way."


Justin Joseph
Development INTERN (fall '17)

"I came to Kundiman after working at a non-profit also dedicated to Asian American stories, and so I arrived with deep care for the cause. As an intern, I learned about managing a donor pool and the necessity of development work for a non-profit. I came to understand the importance of cultivation in the present and projection towards the future. What I enjoyed most was seeing how Kundiman was, in every sense of the word, a community — the way it would not only mobilize to raise for financial campaigns but also support its members mentally and emotionally. I saw this firsthand at the annual benefit which I was able to staff. The tangible sense of family that Kundiman fosters is both necessary and powerful, and being part of it felt like coming home."

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Nadine Santoro
Communications Intern (Fall '17)

"It was such an honor to be a small part of Kundiman's vibrant community this fall. I feel like I have a deeper understanding of what goes into the various aspects of literary arts management, even beyond communications! Working with such a small staff in a virtual office was an amazing learning opportunity, and the collaborative nature of the internship grew me both personally and professionally. Most of all, Kundiman taught me the importance and the incredible power of community. I'm so grateful to have had this opportunity."


Jamaal Armstrong
Grant Writing Intern (Fall '17)

"Interning for Kundiman has been a great way for me to learn new things and be supported by such a diverse, nurturing, and wonderful community."


Trina Estavillo
Programs INtern (Summer '17)

“My time at Kundiman was an extremely rewarding experience both professionally and personally. Through my internship, I gained valuable program-management skills with a staff that truly cared about my growth, and consistently offered me opportunities to progress. As an intern, I was also exposed to a large (and growing) network of talented Asian/Pacific American writers that I was initially unaware of. Each day, I found myself interacting with a community that understood that the AAPI experience is unique, diverse, but often unheard, and uplifted each other's voices in order to change that. I am so grateful having been given the opportunity to develop my interests, while also engaging in such an important work.”


Saleem Gondal
Development Intern (Fall ‘16)

“Kundiman was instrumental in helping me forge my own path as a South Asian writer and filmmaker. Being able to work behind the scenes at Kundiman was an opportunity to work with other Asian American writers working to manage and organize a literary non-profit committed to providing a platform to emerging writers. Learning the ins and outs of development gave me important perspective in building relationships with donors who believe in Kundiman and want to help it grow, a valuable lesson for any artist aiming to build community through their art practice. My internship program was close-knit as well, offering me the chance to get to know the other Kundiman interns and personnel intimately as we worked together. My time at Kundiman was both challenging and rewarding, and has given me hope that there are spaces dedicated to supporting writers whose voices have yet to be heard.”