Externship Descriptions

Greater New York City Area

Queens Hospital Center

Location: Jamaica, NY

Alum: Liana Leung CC ‘97 (Associate Director, Department of Ambulatory Care; Associate Program Director, Medicine Residency Program)

Field: Medical

Description: Dr. Leung works as a general internist providing medical care to adult patients, teaching medical residents, and helping to administer a busy suburban outpatient primary care department in Queens, NY. The extern will shadow Dr. Leung during the provision of medical care and attend medical lectures and administrative meetings.

The Playwrights Realm

Location: New York City, NY

Alum: Celine Delcayre (General Management Associate)

Field: Performing Arts

Description: The Playwrights Realm is a New York-based not-for-profit theatre company devoted to supporting early-career playwrights along the journey of playwriting. The Realm’s model combines the best of producing houses, development centers, and artist service organizations to provide a wide range of resources that help our playwrights to create new work and build successful careers. The extern will be working with the Producing Director in a variety of projects, such as grant proposals, contributing social media content, reading new play submissions and writing coverage, event planning & coordination. This is a great opportunity for somebody interested in arts management.

Recommended skills: general office administration, social media, graphic design, video editing.

Museum of Chinese in America

Location: New York City, NY

Alum: Nancy Yao Maasbach (President)

Field: Visual Arts

Description: The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) aims to engage audiences in an ongoing and historical dialogue, in which people of all backgrounds are able to see American history through a critical perspective, to reflect on their own experiences, and to make meaningful connections between: the past and the present, the global and the local, themselves and others. The collection includes more than 65,000 business, family and community artifacts, documents, newspapers/magazines, photographs, and oral histories relaying the diverse histories of Chinese Americans. The core exhibition With a Single Step traces more than 160 years of Chinese American history and is augmented annually with 2 to 4 rotating exhibitions that explore thematic, historic and artistic subjects related to the Chinese experience in America. MOCA’s public programs include interactive family festivals celebrating Chinese holidays, a speaker series, gallery tours, walking tours of Chinatown, workshops, film festivals, and author talks, among many other popular programs. More than 38,000 visitors attend MOCA annually.

More than 15,000 students from 200+ schools participate in educational programs annually.

MOCA began in 1980 as the New York Chinatown History Project by historian John Kuo Wei Tchen and community resident/activist Charles Lai. It was created to develop a better understanding of our Chinese American history and community and to respond to the concern that the memories and experiences of generations would perish without oral history, photo documentation, research and collection efforts. I oversee the Volunteer and Internship Program in MOCA. The program place our externs in departments based on their skills and qualifications. We have opening in Collections and Research Center, Education, Exhibitions and Curation, Public Programs, Marketing and Communications, and Development. The externs will participate in staff meeting and department meetings, and gain program-specific training and experience from projects.

Recommended skills: Marketing and Communications: Experience with InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and/or video editing software.

Tuesday’s Children

Location: New York City, NY

Alum: Angela Choi (Program Manager)

Field: Non-Profit

Description: Tuesday’s Children provides a lifetime of healing for those who have been forever changed by terrorism and traumatic loss. Through a time-tested, long-term approach, Tuesday’s Children programming; serves and supports our nation’s military Families of the Fallen; builds resilience and common bonds in communities worldwide recovering from tragedies: while keeping the promise to all those impacted by 9/11. As a Program Manager, I run the Career Resource Center, which serves the teens and young adults of 9/11 families as they navigate through the college application process, internship/job search process and career transitions. More specifically, I organize events, workshops and programming to serve this population. Previous events have included a college essay writing workshop, job interview workshop, etc. The Program Extern would support the planning and implementation of projects organized by the Program team. Extern responsibilities would include attending meetings to understand the planning process behind programs/events, helping coordinate logistics for events (pending Tuesday’s Children schedule), providing administrative assistance, etc.

Recommended skills: program/project management, non-profit experience, psychology background

Portfolio Advisors, LLC

Location: Darien, CT

Alum: Michelle Lee (Deputy General Counsel)

Field: Legal

Description: Please refer to Portfolio Advisors, LLC’s website www.portad.com to obtain general background information on the company. The main activities will be working alongside the legal department of a private equity fund of funds/financial advisory services firm. We make investments in private equity funds, secondaries, coinvestments and direct debt deals. I will try to carve out discrete legal projects and try to provide a realistic experience into a life of a lawyer (not the glamorized version presented by law firms to law students during their summer programs). The student is welcome to attend Investment Committee meetings and speak with other members of the legal department.

Recommended skills: Energy, clear speaking and writing, optimism, data analysis

Yale Alumni Association

Location: New Haven, CT

Alum: Steve Blum (Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives)

Field: University

Description: Supporting Kate Gustavson and Steve Blum in connection with (i) Careers, Life, and Yale (CLY) programs and events (bringing Yale alumni and students together for discussions of career and life skills and wisdom); (ii) our alumni-to-student mentoring program; (iii) Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY), a student/alumni organization dedicated to furthering student/alumni relations at and beyond Yale; (iv) analysis and interpretation of data on attendees of CLY events and of our mentoring program; (v) sitting at the entrance to Rose Alumni House and greeting visitors.

Recommended skills: Energy, clear speaking and writing, optimism, data analysis


Asia Programs at Yale School of Management

Location: New Haven, CT

Alum: Brendan Woo (Associate Director, Business and Asia Operations, Executive Education)

Field: University

Description: Executive Education is the non-degree arm of the Yale School of Management (SOM). Charged with bringing Yale’s cutting-edge research and thought leadership to practicing business leaders from around the world, the Executive Education team is also responsible for supporting SOM’s mission by supplementing the school’s revenue. The department therefore encompasses a wide range of business functions from marketing and sales to program management and customer service. I manage contracts and related processes for the department, as well as the specialized delivery team that manages programs for executives from China. The extern would attend meetings, assist with some logistical and clerical tasks, and work on a week-long project. The project would be used to inform department best practices and may involve data collection and analysis, depending on area of interest.

Recommended Skills: experience with InDesign, experience with Qualtrics and/or data analysis


Location: New York City, NY

Alum: Daryl Hok, SM ‘14 (Chief Operating Officer)

Field: Business

Description: CertiK is a blockchain cybersecurity company founded by the Department Chair of Computer Science at Yale (Prof. Shao) and Assistant Professor at Columbia (Prof. Gu, Yale PhD) that specializes in using mathematical proofs to prove that source code is secure from critical vulnerabilities. I am the COO of the company, and focus on operating the business and establishing strategic partnerships. The extern would assist primarily in business development opportunities and learn the intricacies of the sales funnel from the ground up. CertiK is a start-up with a slim team, so the externs will get the chance to learn about all angles of running / scaling a business - and actively participate in helping grow it. Although the company’s backbone is highly technical, there is no technical experience needed - eagerness to learn is all that is required.

Recommended skills: There’s the possibility of bringing multiple different roles of externs (e.g. one design oriented, BD focused, etc.), but other than the specialties needed in design, no specific background required

Junzi Kitchen

Location: New York City, NY

Alum: Lucas Sin, DC ‘15 (Chef)

Field: Culinary

Description: Junzi Kitchen is a Northern Chinese restaurant group founded by Yale graduates in 2015. We serve Chinese food in a fast casual context, but more broadly aim to use honest, contemporary Chinese food experiences as a medium of cultural translation. The culinary extern would spend a week shadowing me in the kitchen for day-to-day lunch and dinner service, after hours pop-ups, and other collaborative special events in the city.”

Recommended skills: Basic culinary skills, or at least an interest in the kitchen.


Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

Location: San Francisco, San Bruno, and Tiburon, CA

Alum: Grant Din (Former employee)

Field: Non-Profit Organization

Description: Located in the middle of San Francisco Bay, Angel Island Immigration Station was routinely the first stop for immigrants crossing the Pacific Ocean from 1910-1940, in particular for Asians affected by harsh immigration laws. The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) is the nonprofit partner of California State Parks and the National Park Service in the effort to educate the public about the complex story and rich cultural heritage of Pacific Coast immigrants and their descendants. The focus of this externship is on historic research, writing, and website content creation. The extern(s) would be able to spend time researching and writing about Angel Island or more recent Pacific Coast immigrants for our Immigrant Voices website, and spend a day with the staff at Angel Island State Park so he or she could discover the history on that National Historic Landmark. We hope to have the extern(s) spend 2-3 days at the National Archives and Records Administration branch located in San Bruno, accessible by public transportation, and possibly work with archival interviews with former Angel Island detainees.

Recommended skills: Research, writing, interviewing, and sense of discovery.


San Francisco 49ers

Location: Santa Clara, CA

Alum: Alison Lu (Manager, Business Strategy & Analytics)

Field: Business

Description: The Business Strategy and Analytics group of the San Francisco 49ers enhances business operations on for the football team.  We work on projects such as ticketing analytics, retail sales, concession sales, and analytical marketing campaigns. Though it will be a little hard to predict what kind of projects and priorities we will have in the off-season, the shadow should expect to learn about all of the above revenue-generating and customer experience-enhancing activities.  

Recommended skills: Powerpoint, data analytics, excel, research

Lucidworks, Inc.

Location: San Francisco, CA

Alum: Austin Baik (Director of Support)

Field: Technology

Description: Enterprise Software Company - opportunity to shadow the Global Head of Support; see firsthand what it takes to run a 24/7/365 international software support business

Recommended skills: 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Alum: Christopher Lapinig (Registered Legal Services Attorney)

Field: Social Justice

Description: Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles is the country’s largest legal services nonprofit focused on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. I am a member of the Impact Litigation Unit, which utilizes lawsuits and related legal strategies to advance social justice and civil rights. The extern would attend team and client meetings, assist in reviewing and editing documents, and learn more about the work of public interest lawyers.

Recommended skills: Proficiency in Asian languages may be helpful, but is not required

Deidre Hamaguchi

Location: Los Angeles, CA (North Hollywood)

Alum: Deidre Hamaguchi, BC ‘87

Field: Fitness

Description: I am an assistant boxing trainer at a professional “old-school” boxing gym and work one-on-one with amateur and white-collar boxers. We teach participants all aspects of a professional fighter’s training routine: jump rope, speedbag, doubleend bag, uppercut bag, heavybag, slip bag, and calisthenics. The extern will observe how we motivate and teach proper boxing techniques, both defense (head/body movement, footwork) and offense (punching). World-class professional boxers train at this gym, and the extern MAY have the opportunity to assist with duties associated with training an elite-level fighter. The extern is NOT required to have any boxing experience, however, a background in individual or team competitive sports would be beneficial.

Recommended skills: Must be physically fit and in good health. A competitive sports background is highly recommended. Boxing experience is NOT required.

Neil Patel

Location: San Diego, CA

Alum: Neil Patel, MC ‘86

Field: Theater and Design

Description: I am a New York based freelance production designer working in Film, Television, Theater and Opera. March 11-15, I will be in San Diego working at the Old Globe Theater where I am designing the pre-Broadway production of the new musical LIFE AFTER. The scenic design will be loading in and beginning technical rehearsals. The extern will assist me in directly organizing my notes and communicating to the crew.

Recommended Skills: CAD, Rhino, SketchUp, Photoshop, Illustrator, Project Planning

Birmingham, AL

National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Location: Birmingham, AL

Alum: Yuying Chen (Associate Professor)

Field: Medical Research

Description: National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center provides an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experiences with the management, analysis, and reporting of a national registry of more than 30,000 persons with spinal cord injury.

Recommended skills: Knowledge with statistics is preferred

Dallas, TX

Thyroid, Endocrinology, and Diabetes

Location: Dallas, TX

Alum: Steve Fordan (Endocrinologist)

Field: Medical

Description: Dr. Steve Fordan specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism and Diabetes. The extern(s) will shadow Dr. Fordan, and may have the opportunity to interact with patients. This is a great opportunity to see if medicine is the right career path for you.

Recommended skills: Spanish is helpful.

Hong Kong

Education First

Location: Hong Kong

Alum: Minh Tran (Senior Director of Research and Academic Partnerships)

Field: Education

Description: EF Education First is the world’s largest privately-held education company. The EF Hong Kong office is our Asia headquarters, so you’ll gain great exposure to the business of education and travel in Asia. While you’re welcome to shadow me, I’ll also try to give you a small project so that you can get a taste of it’s like to work for a global education company. The EF culture is super fun and down-to-earth so we’ll make sure you’ll have a good time, and Hong Kong is a fantastic place to visit!

Founded by Bertil Hult, a Swedish entrepreneur, in 1965, EF now has nearly 50,000 employees and 580 schools and offices in 52 countries. The EF Hong Kong office is located in the iconic Times Square building, with gorgeous views of Victoria Harbour. Our office neighbors include Alibaba, Apple, and Google. 

Recommended skills: Language skills would be helpful but are not required (particularly Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian and/or Thai)