Summer Internship Information:


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 Andrew Lo at

  • 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.