CAPAL Public Service Scholars & Interns
2020 Scholars and Interns
CAPAL Public Service Interns (2020 Virtual)
CAPAL Public Service Interns are placed in regional offices throughout the country. These internship positions provide students with public service experience in a range of topics and areas. CAPAL has partnerships with USDA APHIS and USDA NRCS.
CAPAL Public Service Scholars
CAPAL Public Service Scholars are undergraduate and graduate students who serve in unpaid public service internships (non-profit or government). For this summer in particular, scholars are not bound to only internships in Washington, DC. 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 Public Service Interns
Agnes Mok is a rising senior at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, pursuing a major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). She founded the Claremont Colleges Cantonese Student Association and serves as co-President. Agnes is also a member of the J Street U Claremont Colleges Chapter as well as the League of Women Voters Claremont Chapter. Her narrative Child of Tiananmen: Moving Mountains has been published in the Pomona College literary publication: Essay! Last summer, she worked as a policy research intern for Hong Kong politician Bernard Chan regarding the Extradition Bill protests and Greater Bay Area education policy. She has also worked as an undergraduate research assistant for the Pomona College Politics and History Departments. During her junior spring semester, Agnes studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany at a program focused on the European Union. This summer, she is working for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and is grateful to CAPAL for the opportunity.
Carolyne Im is a rising junior at George Washington University pursuing her BA with a major in Political Communication and minor in Music. From Mundelein, Illinois, she is passionate about pan-AAPI solidarity, intersectionality, and qualitative and quantitative storytelling. At GW, she is a Luther Rice Research Fellow conducting an independent study on demonstrations of antiracism, the managing editor of the GW Undergraduate Review, and the external relations chair for the Korean Cultural Organization. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, reading, exploring new food, and listening to Hari Kondabolu’s comedy albums on repeat. This summer, Carolyne is excited to connect with other AAPIs through CAPAL and is interning with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Garinn Pereira is a second year graduate student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa pursuing a M.S. in Food Science. He holds a B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition with a minor in Music. At UHM, Garinn specializes his research in food chemistry and is actively involved in the Graduate Student Organization as the graduate student representative for his program. Alongside those duties, he also mentors undergraduates in research studies and teaches STEM to
kids in underperforming schools. Having grown up in Hawai‘i, he understands the importance of community diversity, culture preservation, and environmental protection. Aside from academics, Garinn enjoys discovering new food, traveling, and the outdoors through hiking and beach activities. This summer, he will be interning with the United States Department of Agriculture’s APHIS sector.
Komal Kamdar is a rising senior at the University of Virginia, studying Leadership & Public Policy and Spanish. She serves as an active member of Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity, where she works with over 50 local non-profits in the surrounding Charlottesville community. Additionally, she is a senior intern on the Gender Violence and Social Change team at the UVA Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, where she collaborates with UVA students, faculty, administrators, staff, and organizations to foster non-violent, healthy relationships across campus. Komal is actively involved with her South Asian community, serving as a consultant on Indian Student Association’s AdHoc Committee and Hindu Students Council. Beyond academic pursuits, she enjoys baking, reading, and travelling. This summer, she will be interning with the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she hopes to gain experience in environmental policy and data analysis.
Patrick Liu is a rising junior at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. He is a Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) major interested in political theory and ethics. Pulling from his work this summer as CAPAL’s Office Intern, as well as his studies and prior experience with the national nonprofit APIAVote, Patrick is currently pursuing research on the implications of AANHPI pan-ethnicity for the community’s political organization. He has previously received mentorship from and produced podcasts alongside award-winning journalists at KUOW 94.9 FM, Seattle’s NPR affiliate radio station. Patrick is also deeply passionate about the creative arts and actively seeks opportunities to use his creative skills for social good. Patrick serves as a captain of Claremont’s Groove Nation urban dance team, edits films and produces visual effects for the film group 5×5 Productions, and works independently on music composition and graphic design.
CAPAL Public Service Scholars
Alice (she/her/hers) is a senior at the University of Missouri working toward a dual degree in journalism-strategic communications and psychology (BA), with minors in piano performance and business. Alice is actively involved in Asian Pacific Islander Desi American organizations, having served as the president for MU’s Asian American Association and currently serving as the chair for the Midwest Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Students Union. She is also a sister of Alpha Phi Gamma National Sorority, Inc. and a Journalism Ambassador and Student Unions Ambassador on campus. Alice studied abroad in Gwangju, South Korea in the summer of 2018 and then attended Edinburgh Napier University as an exchange student in the fall of 2019. Her experiences abroad sparked Alice’s interest in policy, especially through the lens of international relations. She strives to serve marginalized communities domestically and internationally. In her spare time, Alice likes to watch documentaries and “based on a true story” films, bake desserts, hike, and plan her next trip abroad.
Amanda Yuen is a rising junior at Johns Hopkins University studying International Studies and Anthropology. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, she is particularly passionate about international human rights and immigration reform as seen in her prior work with the International Rescue Committee. Last summer, Amanda was Leadership Academy intern with the Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment at Planned Parenthood. This experience opened her eyes to the importance of developing young AANHPI leaders and she is excited to continue that work with CAPAL. This summer, Amanda is interning at the National Domestic Workers Alliance and is excited to develop policies which protect this frequently overlooked community. In her free time, Amanda runs the Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs and enjoys exploring whatever city she is in.
CAPAL Office Interns
Kathleen Mallari recently graduated cum laude from Cedar Crest College with a degree in Global Studies with concentrations in Religion, Culture, Society and Economics and International Business. She has been recognized for her achievements by receiving the Outstanding Student Involvement Award for 2019 and the Susan Everitt Hudgins Prize for academic excellence and leadership in 2018. Kathleen has served as Class President for four consecutive years and serves as the founding President of the College’s first pan-Asian student organization. She has a love for travel and other cultures — having embarked on a service-learning trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and took part in a cultural immersion program to Seoul, South Korea. Kathleen is a first-generation college student and aspires to become a Foreign Service officer. She was born in Quezon City, Philippines and currently resides in Yonkers, NY with her family and dog, a Havanese-Poodle mix named Anna.
Keerat Singh is a rising sophomore at Georgetown University, pursuing a joint degree in business and global affairs between the School of Foreign Service and the business school, as well as minors in International Development and Spanish. On campus, Keerat is involved with the pro-choice student health group, H*yas for Choice, the DC and Federal Relations Committee on student government, the club swim team, and she writes for the international affairs newspaper, the Caravel. She has previously interned for Running Start, a nonprofit in DC which trains women to run for office, a congressional campaign, and the Maryland Democratic Party. She is excited to contribute to and learn from the CAPAL team this summer!