OCA National Internship Program


Applications for the summer internship are now closed. For questions, please contact Monica Lee at mlee@ocanational.org

The OCA Internship Program is one of OCA's signature student leadership development programs. Celebrating its 26th year in 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. OCA intern alumni have become executive directors, legislative staffers, OCA National Executive Council members, and are leaders in the private and public sector. Internship placements are available year-round at the OCA National Center, where students work on OCA's program areas as well as assist with communications and development.


To cultivate future leadership for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community by providing opportunities to work in the public  sector and learn about issues affecting APAs. Based in the nation's capital, interns will learn to build relationships, meet with legislative officials, and engage in weekly leadership development workshops.


During their time at OCA, interns are placed in various governmental and partner organizations, including non-profit organizations and corporations. Interns will be supervised and given projects that will expose interns to public policy decisions. If you have any questions, please contact Program Associate Jon Ho at JHo@ocanational.org.

  • OCA National: Work in the OCA National office in Washington DC and learn about OCA's impact in the community. 
  • Non-Profit: Engage with one of our partners in Washington, DC and learn how they serve the APA community.
  • Government: Learn about policy making through hands on experience in a federal agency. 
  • Congressional: Gain experience in a congressional office and participate in the legislative process.   


Sama Sama is a mandatory weekly leadership class coordinated by OCA with the help of various national APA community partners. Introduced in 2011, it addresses various APA issues affecting the community and includes team-building activities, identity development, and leadership development. It also provides a space for interns to facilitate discussion on issues impacting them and their community. A crucial keystone of the internship program, Sama Sama provides a safe space for the intern class to grow personally and professionally with each other.

The 28th annual OCA Internship Program is generously sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Comcast Foundation, the William & Sinforosa Tan Kaung Internship Endowment Fund, the Mary Ann & Paul C. Yu Internship Fund, and the Jessie and Claudine Cheng Internship Fund.