My summer with CAPAL last year was rewarding and insightful. I was lucky to work with federal government employees who valued the mission of CAPAL, and included me in an array of diverse projects and assignments. I gained mentors who advised me on my future, and helped me reach goals even after my program ended. I also strengthened various technical skills that gave me confidence as I transitioned into a post-graduate, professional career.
As an intern, I witnessed very dedicated and committed people working together to serve a common goal. Government life often meant stretches of long hours and having to oversee responsibilities that affect the day-to-day life of people across the country. But the real reward is the gratification of working for the stability and unity of a nation, no matter if it’s helping to maintain its vast natural wilderness or creating laws in congress.
CAPAL has grown in numbers and influence. More and more young Asian Americans are becoming inspired to lead public service careers because of the growing diversity in American politics. Organizations like CAPAL allow like-minded and interested Asian Americans to join a cohort and gain valuable insight into public service. It’s also a place to meet other young Asian American professionals socially through regular happy hours. I meet a new person every time I’m at a CAPAL event. The network is uniquely diverse and continues to represent a vast group of Asian Americans.
CAPAL is a gateway between Asian American leaders and young people.
CAPAL organizes galas and leadership programs including panel discussions and workshops throughout the year. All of these functions are open to the AAPI community and beyond.
CAPAL was a great stepping-stone into the vast diversity of careers in government and public service. Not only did I get a chance to be an intern at the USDA, I also understood the working relationship between different sectors of government. My experience and lessons gave me confidence to pursue working experiences in other branches of government. CAPAL alumni can help others gain insight and make networks in the vast domain of American politics and government.
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Tenzin GGT is a project assistant at the DC office of Crowell and Moring LLP, an international law firm. Tenzin was a CAPAL intern in the class of 2014, as an assistant for the USDA Forest Service, department of Lands and Realty Management. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with a dual degree in Social Thought & Political Economy and Chinese Language & Literature. He lived abroad in Taiwan for a year studying mandarin at the National Chengchi University. In Washington, Tenzin has been a legislative intern for Senator Bernie Sanders, and has worked with the International Leadership Foundation and CoraNetSolutions. He enjoys playing basketball, running, debating, and great food with company.
Posted by Nyana Quashie
Nyana recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Geographical Sciences. While there she also pursued minors in Global Poverty, and Spanish. She is committed to engaging communities and creating social change both in the U.S. and abroad. In 2013, she consulted with local businesses in Nicaragua as an intern with the Social Entrepreneur Corps. She also recently completed a fellowship at the grassroots advocacy organization RESULTS, working to end poverty around the world. Nyana has previously volunteered with CAPAL, blogging on rising leaders in the APA community, and assisting with the Washington Leadership Program. Currently, Nyana serves as CAPAL’s Programs and Operations Intern and will be focusing on event planning, volunteer engagement and fundraising. In her free time, you can often find Nyana reading a book, catching up on shows, or attempting to cook.