Annette Lee

Our CAPAL Intern Spotlight is Annette Lee, an incoming third year at the University of California, Irvine, who interned at the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Forest Service (USDA-FS) this summer.

What are your main responsibilities at your position? What are some of your big projects?

My main responsibilities at the United States Department of Agriculture – Forest Service are to improve and revise the Taxation Program for private and individual forest landowners. I will be editing the program description to make it more accessible and easier to understand for the private forest landowners. One of my big projects is to make the website for the program more user friendly and informational for people. I will help make the program more concise and enhance the understanding of the various tax policies by the private landowners.  

How does this internship/scholarship fit with your professional and career goals?

Upon graduation, I hope to work for the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. My internship at the USDA Forest Service gives me hands-on experience on how the different agencies of the Federal Government work together to achieve their shared goal for the greater good of the community.

Through working on the Tax Program for private and individual landowners, I will get a chance to improve my communications skills. This will give me a chance to see how to effectively communicate with the public and get information out to them.

What do you hope to achieve this summer through your scholarship/internship experience?

Through my internship experience I hope to get a better understanding of the internal structure of a federal agency and how different departments work together. I want to better my writing and communication skills in a professional work setting, since this is a skill that will always be valuable to have.

I also want to network with my fellow interns and people at my office to learn more about public service and connect with them.

What does public service mean to you?

To me, Public Service means working to enhance and improve the lives of people in your community. I believe this can be achieved through active interaction with members of the community to make sure that their needs and interests are met.

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The most interesting thing about me is that one summer when I was in Taiwan, I went Paragliding the weekend before a big typhoon.

What are you most excited to do in Washington D.C. this summer?

I am most excited to go on adventures throughout Washington DC this summer. I want to go to all the museums and walk along the National Mall at night to see all the monuments. I also want to have a food adventure throughout this summer to try all the unique restaurants of DC. Lastly, I want to hang out with my fellow interns and go on these adventures with them.

Annette Lee is going into her third year at the University of California, Irvine, studying International Studies and minoring in Economics and Management. She was born and raised in California but spent a few years of her childhood in Taiwan, learning Chinese (Mandarin) and spending time with her extended family. Upon graduation, she hopes to work for the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer or work for a global non-profit. She is very involved in her community through volunteering at various non-profit organizations. During her senior year in high school, she attended the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Program, which ignited her interest in issues surrounding the API community and led her to take Asian American Studies classes to learn more about it. During her free time, she likes to travel, climb, and go on adventures.

Meet all of our 2015 CAPAL Scholars & Interns here.

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Taylor is an incoming Senior at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is double majoring in World Literature and Feminist Studies, with a concentration in Law, Politics, and Social Change. Taylor is in the D.C. cohort for the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment ( and is currently a summer interns at the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, where she is focusing on development and fundraising, and will be developing the blog content for this summer. Taylor is passionate about issues of representation, coalition between underserved communities, and creating spaces for strength and solidarity around injustices through community activism and public policy. taylor.boutelle [at] capal [dot] org.