25 June 2018

Contact: Marie Nguyen | Development Manager

202.223.5500 | mnguyen@ocanational.org

Washington, D.C. – OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates is proud to welcome the 2018 OCA Summer Internship Cohort.

Through OCA’s internship program, students are placed at various political and nonprofit institutions in Washington, D.C. where they have opportunities to work on advocacy and policy and explore their identity and heritage. Alumni of the program have brought back greater advocacy and civic engagement to their college campuses and local communities. For many, their OCA internship was the starting point of their commitment to social justice and advocacy.

“The OCA Internship Program is truly one of the organization’s signature programs. This summer, we are excited to welcome 19 extremely talented and promising young leaders to Washington, DC for what many alumni, including myself, consider a life-changing summer. We are truly building a pipeline of AAPI leaders who will go on to make an incredible impact in their community,” said Kendall Kosai, OCA National Deputy Director.
Please join us in welcoming the 2018 OCA Summer Interns:
Chelsey Gao – Georgia Tech
Cindy Nguyen – Rice University
Devin Ton – University of California, San Diego
Emily Yee – University of Washington
Jaclyn Marmol – Virginia Tech
Jaslin Kaur – University of New York, Hunter College
Lauren Su – Pomona College
Lena Pham – Hendrix College
Madison Suh – Georgetown University
Meloddy Gao – Indiana University
Mian Osumi – Hamilton College
Michael Blakely – College of William & Mary
Muyi Zhang – Duke University
Olivia Zalecki – North Carolina State University
Paulina Lee – University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Pele Van Le – University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Shivani Parikh – University of California, Berkeley

Zeba Raisa Shah – University of Pennsylvania

Zoya Goodwin – Southwestern University

To learn more about our current interns please click here to read their biographies or visit www.ocanational.org

The 30th 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, the Jessie and Claudine Cheng Internship Fund, and OCA Chapters.

Intern travel is also generously provided by Southwest Airlines, the official airline and sponsor of youth travel for the OCA National Internship Program. For a full list of interns, placements and donation opportunities, please visit www.ocanational.org.

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).