Internship Opportunities

The AAC’s internship program aims to provide Master’s and upper-level undergraduate students with meaningful professional experience to strengthen and enhance their academic experience; to provide the Commission with talented students able to carry out a vast array of projects and tasks; and to build stronger ties between and among the communities, the Commission, and the world of academia.

The Commission will support a student intern by providing an educationally rewarding internship where the student is doing work that is related to planning practice, research and analysis, and communication in the environment of a small state agency working to advocate on behalf of all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).

Commissioner Opportunities

We welcome you to apply to become a Commissioner. The application period is August 1st to September 16th of every year. Even if you submitted an application and was not selected in the previous years, you must resubmit it to be considered. Please note that appointments are determined by the appointing offices and not by the Commission.

Commissioner Application

Please see our membership page for more information.

Message from Dr. Elisa Choi, Chairperson of the Asian American Commission:

Dear AAC Friends and Supporters,

Since the Asian American Commission (AAC) was established by statute of Massachusetts General Law over a decade ago, the last two and a half years have given rise to particularly notable and substantial growth of our organization.

Our more recent success would not have been possible without the capable leadership and professionalism of our Executive Director, Ms. Bora Chiemruom. Under her direction, the AAC has strengthened our programming, our community partnership support and collaborations, and our funding base, to reach pinnacles not previously attained since our inception.

We are saddened she is departing from our organization as Executive Director, but we are grateful she has provided a strong foundation for us, leaving the AAC stronger than ever. We wish her all the very best in her future endeavors.

Message from Bora Chiemruom, Executive Director of the Asian American Commission:

It has been an honor and privilege to serve the Asian American & Pacific Islander communities of Massachusetts in this 3-year term as Executive Director of the Asian American Commission (AAC), which I would have completed in February of 2018. After careful and thoughtful consideration, I have decided to leave my position early in November 2017 to ensure the best possible transition for the Commission. During the next 3 months, I will be working closely with the Search Committee to find my replacement.

In the meantime, I look forward to finishing my AAC tenure with the commitment to ensure the remaining AAC events of 2017 are successful, starting with the Young Leaders Symposium (September 23rd), the 1st AAC Advocacy Day at the State House (October 17th), and closing out the year with the 2nd Annual Asian American Civil Rights Forum (October 27th).

In the past two and half years, I have learned so much about our growing communities! We are a diverse group but with much in common that is, at the core, to help promote and bring about changes for the betterment of our Asian American & Pacific Islander communities.

The Commission is in its 11th year, and we have done a tremendous amount of work to promote the voices of our diverse Asian American & Pacific Islander communities of Massachusetts. As I am preparing to leave as Executive Director, my wish for the Commission and the future Executive Director is nothing short of the best and most successful year yet!

Thank you to all the Commissioners, community members, and the many community partners for all your support, guidance, collegial friendship, and commitment to our unique communities!