Back by Popular Demand: CAPAL Headshot Happy Hour!

We’re having a Headshot Happy Hour on Thursday, February 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Dirty Martini in Washington, D.C. Come get your professional headshot taken, enjoy happy hour, network with other professionals, and meet our CAPAL board members and staff.


I have been involved with CAPAL since I interned in D.C. two summers ago. Out of all the events I’ve attended, the Headshot Happy Hour is definitely among my favorites. As a young professional in D.C., I’ve attended many happy hours, but this one struck me as different from the others. D.C. is branded as a city where you have to network and market yourself to move forward professional and socially. It may have worked for a while, but you can’t keep using that selfie you took on your phone as your professional photo. That’s why you should come to this event.

Get Your Free Headshot
Last year’s event was a huge success with an amazing turnout. Afterwards, people told us that they were using the headshot photos for LinkedIn profiles, resumes, Gmail, and professional websites. The photographer did an amazing job with the photos (see result below), and I still use my photo in professional settings.

Connect with APA Community Members
The happy hour was also a great opportunity to meet many other people and see the diversity within the APA community. CAPAL events draw many different people with varying professional backgrounds, ranging from non-profits to federal agencies and corporations.

Support CAPAL’s Scholarship Fund
Our primary purpose for this event is to raise funds for the CAPAL Public Service Scholarship and Federal Internship Program. Last year, we funded 19 student interns and scholars for their summer in D.C. This year since we are celebrating our 25th anniversary, we are aiming to raise enough funds to cover 25 students. It will not be an easy goal, so we are counting on your support to help us grow our program and bring in more bright and outstanding students to CAPAL. We will also use the funds for our Washington Leadership Program (WLP), where we discuss professional development and policy issues pertinent to the APA community in the Capitol for interns and young professionals in the summer.

We hope to see you this Thursday! Come on down to Dirty Martini in Dupont, get your professional headshot and support CAPAL’s Scholarship & Internship Program. The suggested donation of $10 benefits the Public Service Scholarship Program. See you there!

For more information about the Headshot Happy Hour, visit our Facebook page here.

Emil Trinidad currently works as an administrative assistant for Gloria S. Chan and also as an intern at NVG, LLC, a political lobbying firm. Born in the Philippines, he moved to America and spent the latter half of his childhood in the suburbs of Richmond, VA. In 2011, he earned a BA in International Relations from the College of William & Mary. Emil is involved with various other AAPI organizations such as the Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and APIAVote and currently serves as the co-chair for the DC Chapter of KAYA: Filipino-Americans for Progress.