Economic Empowerment Intern/Volunteer


Cause Areas


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Various LocationsNew York, NY 10004


The New York Asian Women’s Center (NYAWC) is the largest Asian American focused domestic violence agency in the country, a premier human trafficking serving organization, and a national demonstration project that provides model services to survivors of sexual assault.

Purpose/Overview: The Economic Empowerment (EE) Intern/Volunteer will support NYAWC’s Economic Empowerment Program by 1) creating economic empowerment resources and assisting with workshops which will help clients develop self-sufficiency and break the cycle of power and control in domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking; 2) researching and organizing relevant referral resources; 3) assisting with workshops by helping clients with activities and through interpretation and/or co-facilitation; and 4) assisting with administrative duties.

Supervisor: Ame Bora, Economic Empowerment Coordinator

Location: NYAWC main office (Lower Manhattan) and Queens Community Office (Elmhurst)

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research and compile resources on relevant referrals (ESL, GED, computer literacy courses, financial fitness counseling, workforce development hard and soft skills training, etc.)
  • Organize resources in internal agency server
  • Create informational/educational handouts on economic empowerment for staff and/or clients
  • Translate (if qualified) materials for clients into other languages
  • Aid with conducting outreach to potential partner sites
  • Assist with client economic empowerment workshops through shadowing, helping clients, interpreting, co-facilitating and eventually facilitating
  • Prepare copies and materials for workshops
  • Participate in internal and external staff and professional development trainings

Time Commitment and Schedule: A minimum commitment of1 to 2 full days per week (minimum 8 hours per week for volunteers or 16 hours per week for interns). Ideal start date will be in early to mid-July. Exact schedule to be discussed with supervisor.


  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to learn new concepts quickly
  • Interest in working and learning about economic empowerment, financial literacy and workforce development
  • Basic knowledge of consumer finance (banking, credit) and work readiness (resume development, interviewing)
  • Fluency in an Asian language preferred
  • Sensitivity in working with individuals from diverse cultural, socioeconomic backgrounds with history of trauma, abuse and/or exploitation
  • Previous counseling/volunteering experience preferred
  • Currently enrolled or graduated from a higher education degree seeking institution

Training Requirements: Volunteer/intern will be required to complete NYAWC’s New Volunteer Orientation. Content-related online training from will be completed after the start date. Additional training will be provided by supervisor on site.

Support/Continuing Education: Weekly or bi-weekly one-on-ones will be conducted between volunteer/intern and supervisor. Additional content-related training from Financial Clinic, Community Service Society and Family Justice Center will be provided as the opportunity arises.

Age Requirement: 18+ and older

Benefits: Professional mentoring, networking opportunities, professional development trainings, and occasional free lunch on workshop days.


  • Administrative Support
  • Career Counseling / Coaching
  • Community Outreach
  • Financial Literacy
  • Translation
  • Group Facilitation

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training
  • minimum of 8 hours/week for 2 months
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