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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3 February 2012

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Victoria J. Rumsey | Director of Development
202 223 5500 | vrumsey@ocanational.org

Washington, D.C. - OCA, a national 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 2012 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 to include over 20 undergraduates each year. OCA has provided internship opportunities to over 400 APA college students to learn about public policy issues that are affecting the APA community as well as 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 ten weeks. The internship program has influenced many of the participants' career paths by providing an in-depth look at the political pulse of America.

"With the generous support given by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation for the 2012 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 Ken Lee, OCA national president.

In 2011, OCA supported 25 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 Pepe Estrada, Director of Corporate Affairs for Walmart, and liaison to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. "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, while contributing to the policy of today.”

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.
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