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OCA Internship Program Overview

“Asian Pacific American Roots, Movement and Progress”


The OCA Internship Program is one of OCA's signature student leadership development programs. OCA intern alumni have become executive directors, legislative staffers, OCA National Executive Council members, and are leaders in the private and public sector. Internship placements are available year-round at the OCA National Center, where students work on OCA's program areas as well as assist with communications and development.

The 26th annual OCA Internship Program is generously sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Comcast Foundation, William & Sinforosa Tan Kaung Internship Endowment Fund, and Mary Ann & Paul C. Yu Internship Fund.   


All are welcome to apply. First generation college students and students of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, South Asian, and Southeast Asian descent are highly encouraged to apply.


Purpose of this program: To cultivate future leadership for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community by providing opportunities to work in the public sector and learn about issues affecting APAs. Based in the nation's capital, interns will learn to build relationships, meet with legislative officials, and engage in weekly leadership development workshops.

Types of Internship Placements:    


· OCA National:  Work in the OCA National office in Washington DC and learn about OCA's impact in the community. 


· Non-Profit: Engage with one of our partners in Washington, DC and learn how they serve the APA community.


· Government:  Learn about policy making through hands on experience in a federal agency. 


· Congressional:  Gain experience in a congressional office and participate in the legislative process.   


Sub Programs:

A. “Sama Sama” class

      The Sama Sama sessions are organized for the benefit of each intern. These classes are an opportunity to learn about different APA organizations and issues pertaining to the APA community. Workshops are held every Friday from 2:00pm—5:00 pm.

B. Meeting with APA Leaders

      OCA strives to connect interns to prominent APA figures in the D.C area. These meetings are for you to ask questions and learn more about each members of congress. In previous years, OCA interns have met with:

· Representative Mike Honda

· Representative Doris Matsui

· Representative David Wu

· Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao


Alumni Testimonial:

Kendall Kosai — OCA Intern, Class of 2011

“During my 10 week experience, I was given the chance to truly submerge myself in the delicate relationship between government and corporations." Kendall is currently the Development Manager at OCA National


Stipend:     $2,500 for the 10-week period



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