OCA Welcomes 24 Students to the 22nd Annual Summer Internship Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9 June 2011
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 the 22nd annual summer internship program with 24 students from across the country. The 10-week paid internship provides (APA) leaders an opportunity to gain professional experience in various government agencies, congressional offices, and non-profit organizations in the nation’s capital.
"For over 22 years, OCA has built a leadership pipeline for the APA community through our internship program and we are excited to welcome our 24 newest future leaders to Washington, DC and into the nearly 500 alumni-strong OCA internship family,” said OCA Executive Director, George C. Wu.
With one of the largest and longest running internships for APA students, OCA continues to educate and empower the next generation of leaders. This year’s class reflects the ethnic diversity within the APA community including Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, Samoan, Hmong, Filipino, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Cambodian, and Chamoru. First generation college students are also a highlight in OCA’s outreach and efforts to serve all demographics within the APA community.
"OCA allows young leaders to interact with real-life issues and to grow exponentially from their experience” said Bao Kou Moua, OCA National Center intern and first generation college student from Minnesota. "I believe that the skills, values, and relationships offered at OCA will open so many doors for myself and all the interns.”
The success of the internship program also involves commitment from placement partners such as Congresswoman Judy Chu’s office, the White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Department of Labor, National Education Association and more. Past OCA interns have gone on to become executive directors, lead offices in the White House, and paid it forward by giving back to their communities.
The 22nd 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.