The deadlines for the CAPAL (Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership), MAASU (Midwest Asian American Students Union), and OCA (Organization of Chinese Americans) scholarships are rapidly approaching! See below for more information.

Brother Vigor Lam, left

Brother Vigor Lam, National Recorder and former CAPAL intern, left

CAPAL’s Federal Internship Program deadline is one week from today: Friday, March 7!

The deadline for CAPAL’s Public Service Scholarship Program has been extended to Friday, March 14. They have also partnered with the Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU) to provide a scholarship specifically for students from schools in the Midwest. Apply today!

 The CAPAL-MAASU Public Service Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student enrolled at a school that is a member of MAASU or a school located in the following Midwestern states: CO, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, OK, SD, and WI. All eligible scholarship applicants will be considered for the CAPAL-MAASU scholarship.

Are you a student interested in learning more about the public sector through a summer internship? The CAPAL Federal Internship and Public Service Scholarship Program is accepting applications for Summer 2014. All current students and ALL MAJORS are welcome to apply. They have up to 25 openings available.

FEDERAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: CAPAL’s Federal Internship Program places students in internships within the federal government in Washington, DC. Opportunities in regional offices, including California, Texas, and Wisconsin, may be possible. Depending on interests and placement, intern duties could vary and may include policy or scientific research, project coordination and management, business, law, communications, and more. Each CAPAL intern will be awarded a $3,000 stipend plus $500 for travel/relocation expenses. 

Deadline to apply is March 7, 2014. 

PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: CAPAL’s Public Service Scholarship Program offers scholarships of $3,500 to outstanding students serving in unpaid public service internships (nonprofit or government) in the Washington, DC metropolitan area this summer.

Deadline to apply is March 14, 2014.  

The 2014 OCA Summer Internship deadline application has been extended to Monday March 10, 2014.  In celebration of their 25th Year Anniversary they invite student advocates from all across the nation to apply for the unique opportunity to spend 10 weeks in Washington, D.C.

The program provides participants with invaluable work experience and exposure to public policy and advocacy issues.  Interns are assigned to federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, congressional offices, and public affairs unit of corporations.  Moreover, summer interns are also integrated in many OCA programs and activities which include the OCA National Convention in Los Angeles, California.

The Internship has successfully led former participants to become more active on their college campus and significantly increased the level of Asian Pacific American civic engagement in local, state, and national public policy issues. A number of OCA alums have pursued careers in public service, advocacy, and as appointed officials as well as non-public sector positions.

Candidates are selected from both two- year and four-year institutions. Typically, the participants are rising juniors, seniors, or recent graduates. The interns are placed in a full-time position and provided a living stipend. Placements of the interns are based on individual background, interest, and skill level.

Visit OCA’s website at and click ‘Internship’ tab under ‘Programs Section’ for more information on the Summer Internship program. Click here to directly access the on-line application. Applications and support materials must be submitted by Monday March 10, 2014; 11:00PM PST.

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