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The 26th annual OCA Internship Program is generously sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Comcast Foundation, William & Sinforosa Tan Kaung Internship Endowment Fund, and Mary Ann & Paul C. Yu Internship Fund.   


Celebrating its 26th year (2015), 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.

In addition to connecting interns with the APA community and developing their leadership skills, OCA also brings summer interns to the OCA National Convention, the largest APA conference in the country. The 2015 national convention will be in San Francisco, CA from July 2-5! The convention will feature speakers, entertainment, workshops, and our signature gala.



Summer Internship Timeline:

March 13: Application deadline CLOSED

March 16-20: Application reviews & paper-cut

March 23-26: Phone Interviews

March 27: Final candidates will be notified



Please check the Placements for potential internship locations. At this location, interns will be supervised and given projects that will expose interns to public policy decisions. If you have any questions, please contact .

Stipend: Amount $2500 for 10 weeks of full-time work. Interns receive their stipends in four installments.  


Accepted interns are required to find their own housing in Washington, DC for the duration fo their internship. OCA encourages interns to find housing together to reduce costs. Also, many former interns say that living together was one of the best parts of their summer internship experience. There are many affordable summer sublets and apartments available in the DC Metro area. Please see the summer housing guide for more information.


Weekly Sama Sama Class - This mandatory weekly leadership class is coordinated by OCA with the help of various national APA community partners. It will address various APA issues, include teambuilding activities, and leadership development. It will also provide a space for interns to facilitate discussion on issues impacting them and their community. 

Legislative Visits - Interns will be given the opportunity to schedule meetings with their member of Congress or Senator for a lobbying visit. Visits will entail discussions concerning public policy and an inside look at the legislative work of Congress. 

Check out the class of 2012 Summer Internship Video below! 


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