Ting is a rising senior at Baruch College pursuing a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Chinese. This summer, she is interning at the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
What major projects are you working on in your internship? What responsibilities are you most excited about and why?
I am an intern at US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in the Legislative and Public Affairs unit. One of my main responsibilities is to help to answer correspondences directed to APHIS from the public and other various stakeholders. This process involves analyzing the correspondence, conducting research to gather information and then drafting the response. My goal is to synthesize the information and present it in a clear and concise way. I also assist with outreach for a public affairs campaign that seeks to educate the public about the harms of invasive species. I am most excited to witness the workings involved in creating a public affairs campaign.
When did you realize you wanted to explore public service?
There was no singular moment, but rather a culmination of moments. Much of my politicization can be contributed to community organizations and spaces that allowed me to learn, question, and grow. Two such organizations are CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities and Chinatown Youth Initiatives, both of which believe in the power of youths to empower change, and that has made all the difference. It feels natural to give back, as these communities have given so much to me.
What are your plans/ goals after this internship? Are there any goals you want to accomplish this summer?
I will be back at school in the Fall, and have plans to study abroad in the coming Spring. After graduation, I hope to work for a non-profit organization that lie in the realms of community/civic engagement, youth development and language justice. With that said, I am open to whatever life will take me. This summer I hope to connect with professionals in career areas I am interested in.
What are you looking forward to in DC / where your internship is located?
All the Smithsonian museums are on my list! I also want to try all the cheap eats in DC. Also, I would like to take advantage of all the free events the district has to offer.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy trying new food, searching for cheap flight tickets and journaling.
What is something that most people would not know about you?
Most people don’t know that I used to write and perform spoken poetry.
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Nattacha Munakata is currently a rising sophomore at George Mason University, studying Community Health with a concentration in Clinical Science (Pre-med). On campus, she is Peer Health Advisor, working to raise awareness and educate students on health issues. She is also involved in TEDxGMU and Thai Student Association. Outside, she likes to volunteer for local organizations and events, such as the DC Sakura matsuri and her local FIRST robotics team. During her free time, she likes to watch Netflix dramas and explore new music.