CAPAL Intern Spotlight Zoie Chang ’19


Zoie is a rising senior at the University of Michigan, studying International Studies and Sociology, with minors in Translation and Environment. On campus, she is actively involved with Asian American interest groups, such as the Taiwanese American Student Association (TASA) and United Asian American Organizations (UAAO). This summer, she will be interning with the Truman Research Center as an intern with the Politics and Policy department, and is eager to learn more about shaping policy.

What are you excited to learn about during your internship this summer?

This summer, I’m eager to improve my writing skillset. One of my goals is to have a couple op-eds under my belt by the end of the internship. I want to get professional feedback on memos and op-eds, and hone the ability to quickly develop informed opinions on a variety of topics in the news.

Why is public service important to you?

To me, public service means putting down roots in the community and paying it forward. Throughout my childhood up until early high-school, my life was very insular, consisting of mostly school friends and family members. Though I look back on those years fondly, I also wish I had been more proactive about getting involved with my city, and had made a conscious effort to step out of my comfort zone by working with the wider community. Public service brings people together by connecting and strengthening ties between individuals of different backgrounds and experiences. Wherever I am living or choose to live in the future, I want to invest the time and effort in order to take an active role in uplifting my community, and making it truly my own

How does this internship fit with your professional and career goals?

I am really excited to be working at the Truman National Security Project because fills such an interesting nexus– it is a membership-based organization that has similarities to both think-tank and non-profit work. Recently, I’ve been learning a lot about the ways national security can manifest itself, in diverse fields and career paths. This knowledge is extremely valuable, as I’ve just started looking for entry level jobs in either intelligence or climate. Truman’s membership is also a treasure trove for networking– I’m currently compiling a list of people I want to try and meet with, before the internship ends.

What is something that people usually don’t expect or know about you?

In high school, I used to stay up all night reading manga and I can still get very passionate about it.

What are you most excited to do in Washington DC this summer?

I am super excited to spend the 4th of July in the capital.


Meet all of our CAPAL Scholars & Interns here.

 Sukhanjot (Sukhi) Kaur is a rising senior at the University of Nevada, Reno majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Accounting. She is currently deciding between a master’s in higher education and political science, but hopes to go on to work for a nonprofit focusing on women and education after graduation. Sukhi served as the Service Officer for Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. the past year. She was greatly exposed to Sikh American representation through her involvement in with the Sikh community in Nevada and having grown up in Punjab until early childhood. Sukhi hopes to promote Sikh American leadership with her commitments and organize more involvement in the Sikh American youth in her community.