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Student Leadership Development Updates

17 May 2012

Mary Dynne Montante | Program Manager
202 223 5500 |


WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is happy to report updates with student leadership development programs.

Summer Internship Program

Celebrating its 23rd year, the OCA Internship Program seeks to cultivate future leadership by providing students from all over the country with the opportunity to be involved in the political process through a national organization. The program has successfully led past interns to become more active on their college campus and increased the presence of the APA community in local, state, and federal governments.

Summer interns will be placed at a paid full-time position in a federal agency, nonprofit, congressional office, or corporation that matches their backgrounds and interests. Interns are also placed at the OCA National Center. With all the applicants possessing such stellar qualities, it was particularly difficult to select the 24 interns this year. Nevertheless, we were able to identify students who exemplified leadership qualities and showed potential to develop their skills. We welcome the 2012 OCA Summer Interns:

Alex Nok Phasy – University of Minnesota
Andrew Sun – University of Florida
Anthony Tran – University of Pennsylvania
Ashish Kalani – Villanova University
Brittney Xu – Rice University
Christina Bui – American University
Christina Phan – Columbia University
Clare Mao – Grinnell College
Elizabeth Park – University of Pennsylvania
Faaputu Vaafuti – California State University
Harris Leung – Syracuse University
Haylie Chu – University of Southern California
Isabelle Vanna Tan – Hamilton College
Chaojia Ma – Rice University
Jessica Phan – University of Wisconsin
Juehao (Julie) Wu – Emory University
June Kao – New York University
Liang Xiong – University of Minnesota
Marianna Zapanta – Carleton College
Michael Satyapor – University of Florida
Monica Siu – City College of New York
Robert Park – University of California
Susie Han – George Washington University
William Chiang – University of California

APIA U: Leadership 101

APIA U: Leadership 101 is a one-day training program that provides a foundation for students to become more involved on campus and in their community. Two experienced APA facilitators guide students through hands-on exercises, presentations, and discussions focused on APIA identity and history, leadership skills, and social justice. Participants are asked to challenge themselves, share their experiences, and develop leadership tools in order to effectively serve as catalysts for social change.

We are now accepting 2012 – 2013 school year applications for universities and colleges to host this unique program.

Host Benefits:

  • Students will develop knowledge about Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) issues and become empowered in their communities.
  • Create networks and meet other APIAs in the region.
  • Engage with the local OCA chapter.
  • Strengthen APIA awareness on campus with students, staff and faculty members.

For more information please visit for the online application.

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