OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), has extended the deadline for its 2012 Summer Internship program.

Celebrating its 23rd year, the OCA Internship Program seeks to cultivate future leadership by providing students from all over the country an 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.

Summer interns will be placed at a paid full-time position in a federal agency, nonprofit, congressional offices, and corporations that matches their backgrounds and interests. Interns can also be placed at the OCA National Center. In addition to their placements, summer interns will be involved in many OCA activities and programming including experience with advocacy for critical issues faced by APAs.

“The OCA Internship Program gave me an opportunity to truly experience DC – meeting members of Congress, national leaders in the AAPI community, and other AAPI interns from across the country,” says Bryan Jung, a 2002 OCA intern who previously was the White House as the Director of Special Projects for the offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, and is currently a graduate student at Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School.

“It was a crash course on how organizations like OCA advocate for the AAPI community at the national level.”

“I also learned a lot about myself, my peers, and my community. During that summer, I realized that we needed to have a seat at the table whenever policy is being developed, no matter if it is at the local, state, or federal level. We need more Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders: The OCA Internship Program is a pipeline for that.”

In addition to connecting interns with the APA community and developing their leadership skills, OCA also brings summer interns to the OCA national convention. The 2012 national convention will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from August 2 – 5. The convention will feature speakers, entertainment, workshops, and our signature gala. Applicants are strongly encouraged to make sure they are able to attend.

“As one of OCA’s prestigious program, the Summer Internship is truly a unique experience. We want to ensure that all students have an opportunity to apply for the internship program. ” says Tom Hayashi, Executive Director of OCA.

If you have already started your application and have not finished, this extension will be an opportune time to complete the process. We also ask that you inform others of this unique opportunity that have not original been informed. For the summer session, interns are expected to commit to working full-time for ten weeks between the dates of May 28 – August 17, 2012.

For more information on the OCA Summer Internship and to apply, go to OCA’s website at www.ocanational.org and click “Internship” under “Programs.” Click here to take you directly to the online application form. Applications and all materials need to be submitted by March 28, 2012; 3:00pm EST.

Please contact the OCA National Center at (202)-223-5500 or mmontante@ocanational.org if you have any questions.