The early deadline to apply for the CAPAL Scholarship and Internship Program is TOMORROW, February 14! Submit your applications today!
This week, CAPAL is proud to feature Frank Huynh, 2013 graduate of CAPAL’s Federal Internship Program.
Halfway through my junior year of pre-med studies in college, I realized that becoming a doctor was not the path for me. Needless to say, I was scrambling to figure out my career path. With extensive experience in outreach with the Vietnamese-American diaspora community, I figured I could utilize both my healthcare knowledge and my community service in a future career. This is where CAPAL came into play for me. I had heard about the internship program from an event that I had attended, where I recall CAPAL board and staff members explaining that the CAPAL Federal Internship Program would place students into internships with federal agencies that best suit student interests. I took a leap of faith and applied—hoping that CAPAL could help me find the direction that was best for me.
Based on my skill sets, CAPAL matched me with the Research and Development division of the United States Department of Agriculture based in Madison, Wisconsin as the communications and marketing intern. There, I got a glimpse of what it would be like to work for the federal government and was given the opportunity to get my hands on a few projects. These included creating outreach and communication materials for the Research and Development division. Thanks to CAPAL’s generous living stipend, I had more than enough to sustain myself through the summer in the lovely city of Madison. CAPAL also provided me with a great mentor who walked me through possible career options, and helped me narrow down my interests towards possible career options.
The experience, knowledge, and networks that I have gained are truly priceless, so I would highly recommend anyone who is even slightly interested or curious about working in a public service position to consider applying to the CAPAL Federal Internship Program. You honestly have nothing to lose, but so much to gain.
Frank Huynh is a senior at the George Washington University, majoring in biology and minoring in theatre. He is from the suburban town of Newburgh, New York, and is currently pursuing a career in public health consulting. Frank now works as the Community Outreach Assistant for the DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, as well as the Co-Entertainment Director for the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations national conference. In addition to that, he is also a freelance fashion designer for his own label, Lê Tâm, where he will be debuting his Fall 2014 collection at DC Fashion Week this year as part of the Emerging Designer Showcase. In his spare time, he likes to play the piano, violin, or guitar, as well as indulge in the occasional Korean drama.