Asian American and Pacific Islander

Affinity Resources

  • Career Access Resource Library (CARL): CARL is designed to help you access career-related links and resources useful for career exploration as well as graduate school, internship, and fellowship searches. A great feature of CARL is that users can build a curated list of resources relevant to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
  • National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP): The National Association of Asian American Professionals cultivates and empowers Asian & Pacific Islander leaders through professional development, community service, and networking. In order to achieve its goals, NAAAP offers a diverse range of professional development programs on the local and national level, engages its membership in community service, and organizes professional networking events.

Business Organizations

  • Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders: Ascend is the largest, non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America. Ascend offers robust professional development and career enhancement programs designed to cultivate Pan-Asian talent.
    • In addition, the Ascend National Convention & Career Fair is the largest gathering of Pan-Asian business leaders and professionals in North America. 3,000+ top industry leaders, senior executives and professionals, along with MBAs and undergraduate students representing 250+ corporations and universities.
  • Asian American Economic Development Enterprises, Inc. (AAEDE): AAEDE is dedicated to economic self-help for Asian Americans and others. Its activities include workshops and seminars, business assistance for beginning and fledgling enterprises, access to funding for growing ventures, information support for the business community, advocacy for small minority firms and individualized career consultation.
  • US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC): The USPAACC is the most established and largest non-profit organization representing Pan Asian American and their related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services. The mission of USPAACC is to be the gateway to corporate and government contracts, Pan Asian American (includes East, South, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander) suppliers, information about Asian Americans and the Asia-Pacific and Indian Subcontinent markets.

Engineering Organizations

  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE): SASE is dedicated to the advancement of Asian heritage scientists and engineers in education and employment so that they can achieve their full career potential. In addition to professional development, SASE also encourages members to contribute to the enhancement of the communities in which they live.
    • USC’s Chapter of SASE: USC SASE’s purpose is to explore and promote academic and career issues related to the field of science and engineering, and to help those interested in the field to get to know one another better outside the classroom and laboratory.

Health Organizations

  • Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA): The AAPA’s mission is to advance the mental health and well-being of Asian American communities through research, professional practice, education, and policy. Opportunities available to AAPA members include scholarships, awards, online forums, mentorship programs, leadership development programs, and annual conventions.
  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA): APAMSA is a national organization of medical and pre-medical students committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities. APAMSA provides an important forum for APIA medical students to meet, exchange information and experiences and develop personally and professionally.
    • USC’s Chapter of APAMSA: USC Pre-Med APAMSA is a chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association. Their organization is committed to fostering a thriving community of future healthcare professionals, addressing health inequities in APIDA (Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American) communities, and creating a supportive network of pre-health students.

Journalism Organizations

  • Asian American Journalist Association (AAJA): Asian American Journalists Association is a membership nonprofit advancing diversity in newsrooms, and ensuring fair and accurate coverage of communities of color. Close to one-third of AAJA’s members are students, attesting to the organization’s emphasis on bringing young people into the news business.