Internal Internship FAQ
What is the purpose of the OCA Internal Internship?
The purpose of OCA’s internship program is to cultivate leadership for the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community by providing opportunities to work in the public sector and learn about issues affecting AAPIs.
Can I receive academic credit for this internship?
Yes! Be sure to check with your academic institution.
Is this internship paid?
The OCA Internal Internship for the 2019 Fall/Winter term is unpaid and part-time. Academic credit is available for schools that offer it.
What are the start and end dates for the 2019 Fall/Winter internship?
Flexible. The tentative start date is late September or early October.
What is the time commitment for this internship?
Flexible. We are expecting a minimum of 8 hours of work per week.
The length of the internship will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Who can apply for this internship?
Undergraduate students and recent grads (up to 1 year after completion of undergraduate term) of all identities with an interest in Asian Pacific American issues.
What materials do I need to apply?
Complete the online application form. We also ask for a resume, two references, and one essay response.
Where is this internship based?
The internship is based at the OCA National Office in DC.
Telework options available.
Can I apply if I was a previous OCA Intern (including Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer)?
If I am accepted into the Fall/Winter Internal Internship Program, can I still apply for the OCA Summer Internship Program?
Yes! Since the OCA Summer Internship program is almost entirely different in programming, any former OCA Fall/Winter or Spring intern can apply for the Summer Internship.
What is the difference between the OCA Internal Internship Program and the OCA Summer Internship Program?
The two internship programs have some similarities but major differences.
With the Internal Internship Program, interns are placed at OCA National to support its various departments, including Communications, Development, Policy, and Programs. Interns are part-time and unpaid. Hours and length of program are flexible.
With the Summer Internship Program, interns are placed at various external nonprofits, federal agencies, and other organizations and work full-time for ten weeks (some interns may be placed at OCA National). Each Friday, interns gather at the OCA National office to discuss pertaining to AAPIs, participate in workshops, and engage in other leadership and professional development activities. Summer interns are also expected to attend and volunteer at the annual OCA National Convention.
Is housing provided?
Unfortunately, OCA does not have the resources to provide housing. However, interns will be provided resources and guidance in finding their own housing.
When will applications for the 2019 Fall/Winter term open?
Internship applications are now open and will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.