OCA Welcomes 26th Summer Intern Cohort
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Posted by: Nick Lee
OCA Welcomes 26th Summer Intern Cohort
21 June 2015
CONTACT: Michael W. Kwan | National President
202 223 5500 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 www.ocanational.org.
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 www.ocanational.org.
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).