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Walmart Foundation Awards $80,000 to OCA for Internship Program

Wednesday, May 15, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Victoria Rumsey
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Walmart Foundation Awards $80,000 to OCA for Internship Program



15 May 2013
Victoria J. Rumsey | Director of Development
202 223 5500 |
Washington, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is pleased to announce that they received an $80,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. The grant will be utilized in 2013 to support OCA's goals of education and leadership by funding OCA's Internship Program for first generation APA college students.
Established in 1989, the OCA Internship Program has grown into a year-round program with more than 20 undergraduates each year. OCA has provided internship opportunities to more than 400 APA college students to learn about issues that are affecting the APA community. The internships also provide leadership development tools, focusing on networking and workforce development. OCA interns are placed in Congressional offices, federal agencies, the OCA National Center, and other prominent non-profit organizations for 10 weeks. The internship program has influenced many of the participants' career paths by providing an in-depth look at the pulse of America.

"With the generous support given by the Walmart Foundation for the 2013 Internship Program, OCA will be able to expand its ongoing programs and continue to educate, organize, and serve its constituency comprised of APAs, youth, and the communities that need the most assistance,” said Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President.

In 2012, OCA supported 24 interns in placements that included the Office of Congresswoman Judy Chu, National Education Association, Office of Management and Budget, and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

"The generation working its way through college right now is going to graduate into a complex, global world,” says Tony Waller, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs for Walmart.  "We share the OCA’s belief that an internship experience like this will better prepare these students to identify and solve the issues of tomorrow.”

About Philanthropy at Walmart 
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than one billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit

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