CAPAL Intern Spotlight Kathleen Mallari ’20

Kathleen Mallari is a recent graduate from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. She graduated with a BA in Global Studies with dual-concentrations in Religion, Culture, Society and Economics and International Business and triple minors in Religious Studies, Biology, and Political Science. Kathleen is the founding President of the College’s first pan-Asian student organization and has served in a variety of leadership roles such as Class President, Head Resident Advisor, Admissions Ambassador, and Peer Tutor for Economics. This summer, she is a program fellow for US-Asia’s inaugural IMPACT Program for Filipino-Americans, where she was placed at CAPAL as the Development & Alumni Engagement Intern. 

What are the projects that you’re working on this summer? 

As the Development & Alumni Engagement intern for CAPAL, my projects include: researching and managing databases for CAPAL’s Funder relations and internship placements, as well as verbal and written outreach to alumni for CAPAL’s Oral History project. The majority of my time goes to the Oral History project, compiling testimonials and details about CAPAL’s alumni. The goal is to use these findings to create infographics supporting CAPAL’s mission to maintain a AANHPI pipeline for roles in public service. I would also like to create an Alumni Spotlight much similar to the Intern Spotlight for CAPAL’s website. I think it is really important to understand CAPAL’s extensive history in public service and how its programming has definitely led to countless success stories. 

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

I have a passion for a lot of things, people to people connections is one of them. My current internship at CAPAL absolutely satisfies my love to connect with others and the bigger picture goal to get more AANHPIs in roles of public service. This internship has provided me already with a lot of opportunity to take on a project that has a lot of room to grow and this kind of opportunity excites me because CAPAL is such a great organization and I want to meaningfully contribute to it as much as I can. My way of paying it forward to an organization that has done just that since its inception. 

What do you hope to achieve this summer as a part of CAPAL’s 2020 cohort?

Despite our virtual setting, I am excited to get to know my fellow S&I cohort and get started on our CAP projects! 

What does public service mean to you?

I identify as a servant-leader and serving my peers and my community has always been my goal. I am an absolute advocate for paying it forward and public service is absolutely that. 

What do you consider to be the most interesting thing about you?

I love to try new things! I am pretty adventurous and I live in the moment, even if it means swimming with dolphins when I don’t even know how to swim! (This dolphin’s name is Calypso!) 


Did you pick up any new hobbies during quarantine, and if so, what are they?

I play the piano and with Avatar: The Last Airbender coming out on Netflix, I just had to learn the Kalimba! 

If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I love brunch! Avocado toast and eggs benedict for the rest of my life sounds like heaven, if you ask me! 

Meet all of our CAPAL Scholars & Interns here.