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OCA Welcomes 26th Summer Intern Cohort

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OCA Welcomes 26th Summer Intern Cohort

21 June 2015

CONTACT:  Michael W. Kwan | National President

202 223 5500 |



WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian American Pacific Advocates is proud to welcome the OCA Summer 2015 Interns.

The OCA Internship Program provides Asian Pacific American students with the opportunity to gain experience in the areas of professional development, networking opportunities, and coalition broadening in Washington, D.C. during the duration of the 10 week program. “OCA is proud to host 22 summer interns this year,” said Michael W. Kwan, OCA National President.

The OCA Internship Program was first launched in 1989 with only one intern. Now, 26 years after its induction, the program has served hundreds of students and is one of the largest and longest running internship programs for Asian Pacific American students.

“Our internship program provides an important bridge between their undergraduate studies and real world experience. Our interns will be placed in posts at various governmental agencies, Congressional offices and non-profit advocacy organizations. The experiences they will gain and the memories they will make will last a lifetime,” continued Kwan.

By placing interns with key policy influencers, government agencies and in the Congressional halls of power in Washington, D.C., OCA increases the visibility and responsiveness of the American government to Asian Pacific American issues. “Their contributions to OCA and the APA community are invaluable,” concluded Kwan.

Ultimately, this program is meant to offer an opportunity for enterprising young people to engage themselves with their heritage and culture. It has successfully led past interns to become more active in advocacy on their college campus and many have gone on to become deeply involved at the local, state, and federal levels. Many OCA intern alumni often trace the beginning of their commitment to social justice and advocacy back to the OCA internship program. “Each summer is exciting because a new group of dedicated and committed young people choose to come to DC to serve our Asian Pacific American community in meaningful ways that enrich their lives and those around them. Welcome, Summer Class of 2015!” said Stan Lou, OCA National Vice President of Education & Culture.

OCA Welcomes: 

Chloe An – Pomona College

Nitisha Baronia – University of California, Berkeley

Allen Chen – Cornell University

Sijin Choi – Boston College

Marcus Degnan – University of California, Los Angeles 

Paulene De Mesa – University of California, San Diego

Kenneth Gonzales – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Grace Kim – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Ke Ting Annie Liu – University of Texas at Dallas

Alvin Loong – University of Washington, Seattle

Elizabeth Ma – Ohio State University

Raymond Magsaysay – Vassar College

Andrea Namkung – Rutgers University

Marie Nguyen – University of California, San Diego

Jack O’Hara – University of Wisconsin, Madison 

Alexa-Rio Osaki – University of Washington, Seattle

Jessica Phillip – Portland State University

Angie Tran – University of Oklahoma

Mai Ka Vang – Stanford University

Xue Wang – University of Florida

Andy Yang – University of Wisconsin

Emily Zhou – Cornell University

To learn more about current interns please click here to read their biographies or visit

The 26th annual OCA Internship Program is generously sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, the Comcast Foundation, the William & Sinforosa Tan Kaung Internship Endowment Fund, and Mary Ann & Paul C. Yu Internship Fund. For a full list of interns, placements and donation opportunities, please visit


OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).




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