2014 Scholars and Interns

CAPAL Federal Interns

CAPAL Federal Interns are typically placed in internships within the federal government in Washington, DC. Interns may also be placed in regional offices throughout the country. These internship positions provide students with real-world federal government experience in a range of topics and areas. CAPAL has partnerships with Federal Agencies including Forest Service, Rural Housing Service, and the National Credit Union Association.

CAPAL Public Service Scholars

CAPAL Public Service Scholars are undergraduate and graduate students who serve in unpaid public service internships (non-profit or government) in the Washington DC area for the summer. The scholarships are intended to enable outstanding Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) students with leadership potential to work full-time and learn about ways to influence public policy in their local communities.

CAPAL Federal Interns


Lobo Arelong

Lobo Arelong is from the Marshall Islands and currently attending the College of the Marshall Islands, majoring in Nursing. Lobo plans on pursuing a career as a public health doctor or a dietician. He enjoys playing volleyball, reading books, and canoe racing (paddling). Lobo is a peer educator at his college, and he is a member of the financial committee for the college as a voice for the students. On the committee, Lobo works with students and receives feedback on students’ financial needs.


Medha Chandorkar

Jordan Choy is a rising senior at Northeastern University. He is a History major with a double minor in Political Science and International Affairs, having transferred to Northeastern University from UC Santa Cruz in 2015. He is currently serving as a Senator in the Student Government Association at Northeastern University. While studying at Northeastern he was involved in local mayoral elections as a campaign fellow in Boston and a field organizer in the neighboring town of Newton. He previously served as a public relations intern at the non-profit Kiva.org and was a Congressional intern in the District Office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. This summer he will be working as a communications intern with the Natural Resource Manager at the USDA Forest Service.


Ly Ho

Ly Ho is a rising senior at Syracuse University, majoring in Geography and Policy Studies with a minor in Environment and Society. On campus, she dedicates her time towards serving the community and advocating for the environment.

She is interested in the spatial relationships people develop with their environment. Her ideal career would allow her to use the power of effective environmental policies to address environmental injustices and issues across the United States.


Sarah Jeong

Sarah Jeong is a recent graduate of Northwestern University, located in Evanston, IL, with a B.A. in Anthropology and Global Health. Sarah was initially interested in pursuing a career in public health but has shifted directions, and now has decided to pursue a career in public policy instead. After this summer with CAPAL, Sarah will be returning to Evanston to work as a research assistant for a professor at Northwestern whose research focuses on education policy. Sarah’s long-term goals are to work at the city level of government, specifically in the policy writing process. Sarah is planning on working in public policy for a few years before going to get a Master’s in Public Policy. Sarah’s hobbies include watching documentaries and exploring new restaurants, especially in the city of Chicago.


Priya Kamath

Priya Kamath is a rising senior at the University of Florida, where she is studying Economics and Public Health. Aspiring to bridge the gap between the corporate sector and human rights, she hopes to work reducing health disparities among LGBTQ youth. Priya has a passion for expanding civil rights and elevating the voices of minorities through public policy and law, and hopes to pursue an MPP/JD after graduation.


Brian Kim

Brian Kim is a senior at American University pursuing a double major in International Studies and Asian Studies. During his undergraduate studies, Brian has focused on studying North Korea/Korean Peninsular affairs and Northeast Asian politics and cultures. Next year, Brian will be an elementary or secondary education teacher in the Greater Philadelphia area through Teach for America. Brian wants to transition these experiences to working on education policy or foreign policy on the Hill. In his spare time, Brian likes to follow Los Angeles sports teams and read books. Since he is interested in understanding cultures, Brian also wants to travel to as many places as physically possibly during his twenties.


Tina Lapsia


Tina Lapsia is in the Honors Program at the University of Connecticut, double majoring in Political Science and Economics and minoring in Spanish. Tina is involved with the Asian American Cultural Center on campus, through programs such as the Asiantation Mentoring Program (AMP), Kids and UConn Bridging Education (KUBE), and the Husky Bhangra dance team. This past semester, a major part of her life was watching and cheering on their basketball teams, witnessing history being made (again)! Go Huskies! Tina is also a member of Lawyers without Borders, Honors Leadership in Action, and the CLAS Student Leadership Board. Tina likes to keep busy, but she take the time to relax by attending Zumba classes, obsessing over Bollywood movies, pigging out on ice cream and chocolate, taking walks, dancing, and hanging out with friends. In the future, Tina hopes to earn a law degree, possibly even a joint JD/MBA degree, although she is not exactly sure what she wants to do with it!


Eunice Lee


Eunice Lee is currently a rising junior at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. This past spring, Eunice declared Environmental Studies and French as her majors. In choosing these majors, Eunice feels as if she is doing everything she is passionate about. Moreover, her focus in Environmental Studies is art, so she is ultimately adding another life-long passion into her education. Eunice has been doing art her entire life (mostly drawing and painting), and has recently started doing graphic design and video making. She hopes to continue these hobbies in the future. Eunice’s other interests include: cooking, gardening, reading, indie/alternative rock music, and event planning. As for her career aspirations, she would like to enter a career of public service dedicated to protecting the environment. Eunice is particularly interested in food and agriculture; therefore, she would like to work for either a non-profit or the government (even a foreign government) to improve agricultural management practices.


Sophia Lin


Sophia Lin is a rising senior at the George Washington University, where she is double majoring in International Affairs and Environmental Studies, with a minor in Sustainability. She is originally from Westford, Massachusetts. She hopes to pursue a career in the public and private sectors in order to promote a healthier, safer, and more equitable natural and built environment. Sophia enjoys travel, cooking, film and theater arts, and playing volleyball and soccer.


Danny Qiao


Danny Qiao is a rising senior majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He is fairly involved on campus as the incoming Facilitator for the Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union, a founding member of Cornell’s American Enterprise Institute Executive Council, and an avid epeeist on the Men’s Club Fencing Team. Off campus, he is also the Campus Ambassador Coordinator for ECAASU. His career aspirations changes daily, so what he states on his profile today will probably change tomorrow, but he does know that he wants to end up in public service somewhere down the road. Currently, his interests lie in immigration reform, migration trends, and bubble tea. His hobbies generally place him outdoors with friends doing nothing in particular.


Leslie Anne Salvador


Leslie Anne Salvador is a recent grad of Saint Mary’s College of California where she was the first Pinay President for over 2,500 undergraduate students. Leslie has dedicated her entire undergraduate career to student government, which was the most difficult but most rewarding experience in her life so far. This determination and hard work was noticed because the Senator of the Year Award was re-named in her honor as the Leslie Anne Salvador – Senator of the Year Award. Although she graduated with a BS in Accounting, Leslie does not want to be an Accountant and would like to serve others in a different capacity, since she knows that public service runs deep in her veins. Leslie is excited to intern with the NCUA, and in August, she will be a Lasallian Volunteer for a year to help with the Corporate Internship Program at San Miguel High School in Tucson, AZ. Leslie has a huge heart and experiences joy and happiness when she is able to help others, and she wants to continue on this path.


Sarena Tat


Sarena Tat is a rising senior at Emory University, double majoring in environmental science and political science. Eventually, Sarena wants to go into law and work for an international law firm. Working for an international law firm would allow her the freedom to explore and continue to learn more about the world. Sarena also loves to travel. Recently, she studied abroad in London junior year and visited over 8 countries in Europe. It was the time of her life! During Sarena’s free time, she loves to cook and enjoys trying out new recipes.


Simon Vue


Simon Vue is a native of Sacramento in California and the first in his family to attend and graduate from college with a B.A. in Politics with a minor in Sociology. He served as the Co-Chair and Dance Coordinator of the Hmong Student Association at University of California, Santa Cruz in 2012. Through the UC Center Sacramento Program in spring 2013, he interned at the Western Center on Law and Poverty (WCLP). In summer 2013, Simon participated in Hope Institute hosted by the Democratic National Committee in Washington D.C. (interesting fact: that was his first flight and experience in D.C.). He furthered his political experience and education through the Asian Pacific American Public Affair Association (APAPA) 2013 Capitol Summer Internship program where he interned for Assembly member Richard Pan. Simon is interested in examining the impact of state laws and policies (ACA, education, and etc.) on the Southeast Asian American population in California to identify unmet needs and leverage services and resources to underserved community. He wants to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy or Government at Stanford, UCLA, or UC Berkeley and hopes to become a policymaker to pass strong, sustainable laws that reflect the interests of not only the API community, but also under-privileged communities. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling and fitness.


Annie Zhang


Annie Zhang is a rising senior at University of Massachusetts Amherst majoring in Political Science and Public Health. While a specific career path is unknown at the moment, Annie’s career interest involves working with underserved populations with a focus on education, health, and food security. She hopes the CAPAL internship will provide further insight into potential career paths. During her free time, Annie enjoys running, hiking, exploring new places, and eating falafel. Annie hopes to run a half-marathon this upcoming fall and eventually a marathon.

CAPAL Public Service Scholars


Nicole Fink


Nicole Fink, MSW, is a rising 3L at New England School of Law. Prior to joining the Board of Directors in 2013, Nicole held the positions of Advocacy Coordinator (2011-2012) and Associate Director (2012-2013) on ECAASU National. She graduated in 2012 with her Master’s Degree of Social Work with a concentration in Community Organization from the University of Connecticut (UCONN) School of Social Work. She received her Bachelor of Arts from UCONN in 2010 with a double major in Psychology and Asian Americans in the U.S. Legal System.

Nicole has been actively involved with Asian Pacific American community during her undergraduate and graduate career. She was the coordinator of Kids & UCONN Bridging Education, a multicultural mentoring program, and participated in various panels and events representing UCONN’s Asian American Cultural Center. During her time at the UCONN School of Social Work, she served as co-chair of the Asian American Student Organization, Disaster Response Committee and Community Organization Concentration. Nicole also worked at the United Nations advocating for social development and girls’ rights. She is currently the Vice President of Social Responsibility for her Asian Pacific American Law Student Association.

Nicole’s goals are to help the AAPI community finds its political voice and become more involved in the political system. She wants to help students recognize that even though each and every individual has a different background, we are one community, and that it is a strong and powerful community.


Austin Ko


Austin Ko is a rising junior at Johns Hopkins University, originally from New Jersey. He is currently studying Public Health with an interest in how sociological factors affect access to health care. He hopes to attend law school in the future. Outside of class, Austin is an actively involved with the JHU Taiwanese American Students Association, JHU Inter-Asian Council, and National Board of the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA), along with other campus organizations. In his free time, he enjoys catching up on TV, exploring the city, cooking, and perfecting his green tea white chocolate chip cookie recipe.


Juhee Kwon


Juhee Kwon is a transnational Asian American feminist from Minnesota. Juhee recently graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Biology. While at Brown, Juhee was a political educator for the Third World Center and established the official Asian American Studies program website as a senior year project. Juhee has also spent this past year interviewing activists and advocates for the Asian American Reproductive Justice Oral History Project, which is now archived at the Sophia Smith Collection in Smith College. During free time, Juhee enjoys kickboxing, drinking boba, and blogging.


Jasmine Lee


Jasmine Lee graduated at Tufts University with a double major in American Studies and Community Health and double minor in Chinese and Asian American Studies. Her career aspirations are to continue to work with communities of not only Chinese American or Asian Americans, but also other communities of color and white allies in combating racism in different aspects of daily life (health, politics, education. interpersonal, etc.). Jasmine wants to go to graduate school for either Asian American Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, or Public Health.


Evelyn Ng


Evelyn Ng is a rising junior at Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus. She is from New York City. She is majoring in International Studies with a minor in Mandarin and possibly a minor in Humanitarian Affairs if she can fit it into her schedule. Evelyn enjoys visiting museums, traveling, and watching TV. She is not sure what career she wants to pursue just yet, but is hoping it will be related to public service.


Pashoua Vang


Pashoua Vang is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she double majored in Global Studies and Asian Languages and Literature. She is the first in her family to receive a B.A. During her time as an undergraduate Pashoua was involved with the Community Engagement Scholars Program where she devoted over 400 hours of community service and implemented an integrative community engagement project for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest. She also had the opportunity to serve as a board member for the Hmong Minnesota Student Association. Pashoua considers herself a life long learner of Mandarin Chinese and is devoted to attaining fluency in the language. A long term career aspiration of hers is to work at the U.S. Department of State or as a Foreign Service Officer where she can utilize her English, Hmong and Chinese language skills to help people. This summer Pashoua will be interning with American Councils for International Education. During her free time, Pashoua enjoys crafting, baking, photography, traveling, and trying new things.