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11 Asian American Professional Organizations to Help You Get Ahead

11 Asian American Professional Organizations to Help You Get Ahead

By Lauren Bayne Anderson

May 12, 2011

In May, we celebrate Asian American heritage month. In that spirit, we’re highlighting some of the top professional organizations for Asian Americans.

The organizations can help you land an internship, provide professional mentoring opportunities, help with job placement, some even offer pre-professional summer camps and other programs. And of course, they will help you develop as a professional once you’re out of school.

Asian American Journalists Association
AAJA serves Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by encouraging young people to consider journalism as a career, developing managers in the media industry, and promoting fair and accurate news coverage. Also offers journalism camps.

National Association of Asian American Professionals
The largest and fastest growing Asian American professional organization in North America, NAAAP provide its members with the tools and resources to further career advancements and empower Asian Americans to become great leaders and reliable employees.

The Asian American Advertising Federation
A national trade organization comprised of Asian American advertising agencies, Asian market advertisers, Asian media companies, and other industry specialists. Its mission is to grow the Asian American advertising and marketing industry, raise public awareness of the importance of the Asian American community and further professionalism within the industry.

Asian American Professional Association
The Asian American Professional Association (AAPA) seeks to inspire, develop, and promote Asian American Professionals to maximize their leadership potential.

Asian Women in Business
The only non-profit, tax-exempt organization in the country with the primary mission of assisting Asian women entrepreneurs. Over the years, AWIB, a dynamic organization, has expanded its mission to address identified needs and issues affecting the business and professional development of Asian Americans. AWIB also serves on various tasks forces and boards to promote the inclusion of minority and women owned businesses and professionals.

Dedicated to enabling its members, business partners and the community to leverage the leadership and global business potential of Pan-Asians. A lifelong organization supporting the duration of our members careers – from undergraduate through to executive level.

The National Asian American Society of Accountants
The mission of NAASA is to continuously influence and encourage the development of accounting professionals and students while serving as a collective voice for Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the field of accounting.

Asian American Government Executives Network
The mission of AAGEN is to promote, expand and support Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leadership in Government.

US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce
The oldest and largest national, nonprofit, non partisan organization representing all Asian American and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services.

Asian-American Physicians Association

Asian American Architects and Engineers Association
The Asian American Architects and Engineers Association (AAa/e) is committed to providing a platform for empowering professionals working in the built environment in personal and professional growth, business development and networking, and leadership in our community.