OCA National Internships
Celebrating its 30th year in 2019, the OCA Internship Program is one of OCA's signature student leadership development programs. The OCA Internship Program seeks to cultivate future leadership for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community by providing opportunities to work in the public sector and learn about issues affecting AAPIs.
Up until this year, the OCA Internship Program has encompassed the Fall/Winter, Spring, and Summer terms. However, the Summer Internship has always been a longer, more intensive program with full-time employment, weekly seminars, and work with OCA’s National Convention. Thus, to alleviate confusion, the OCA Internship Program will officially be split into two types beginning in 2019:
The OCA Internal Internship Program (Fall/Winter, Spring)
The OCA Summer Internship Program
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 OCA 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 OCA 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 issues 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.