The Washington Leadership Program (WLP) is a series of free evening leadership training programs that CAPAL organizes each summer for interns in Washington, DC. For the last two decades, WLP has been one of the main educational and leadership development working series in Washington, DC that focuses specifically on the APA community and our role in public policy. WLP is intended to supplement a Washington, DC internship experience.
CAPAL places a number of student interns in the U.S. Federal Government each summer. These internship positions are open to ALL MAJORS and are suited for individuals looking to gain real-world federal government experience. Specifically, CAPAL offers a diverse set of opportunities for acquiring public policy and management skills at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Forest Service, National Credit Union Association (NCUA) and other federal agencies.
CAPAL awards three (3) scholarships each year to allow outstanding APA students to spend the summer interning for a federal government agency, a Congressional office, or a non-profit organization and gain firsthand knowledge of how the American government works. Each CAPAL scholar is awarded a stipend to support their successful completion of an internship of their choice in the Washington D.C. metro area. Each CAPAL scholar is responsible for obtaining their own internship placement.
CAPAL organizes regular professional development programming throughout the year in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Events are open to professionals from all sectors who have an interest in public service and/or the Asian Pacific American community. These events generally occur on a monthly basis and include networking mixers, speaker panels, and roundtable discussions.
Being a CAPAL intern this past summer was one of the best experiences of my undergraduate career so far. Not only did I learn valuable skills from working in a Federal Agency, but I also so learned so much from the CAPAL board members as well as from other interns I met in CAPAL and other partner organizations. The best parts of my summer in D.C were those after work networking events like the Washington Leadership Program where I was able to meet prominent Asian American figures like Congresswoman Judy Chu and Congressman Mike Honda. I will always be grateful to be a part of the CAPAL family.
- Uyen Truong, Boston College—Congressional and Public Affairs Office, USDA
This summer, I was afforded the opportunity to work within the Forest Management Staff at the USDA Forest Service. I was set up with a fantastic supervisor who kept me constantly busy with tasks both within my department and also many external to my department. CAPAL made it possible for me to get my feet wet within the public service realm. I was able to explore numerous avenues and meet a wide variety of people, all of who spanned a magnitude of different backgrounds. I was able to challenge myself and learn valuable skills that I will carry [to] all of my future endeavors.
- Kim Phan, Virginia Tech – Forest Management, Forest Service, USDA