CAPAL Intern Spotlight Patrick Liu ’20

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. This summer, he is interning at CAPAL as the Programs and Programs Evaluations (PPEI) Intern.

What are your main responsibilities at your position? What are some of your big projects? 

Over the next two months, I will be intimately involved in evaluating, effectuating, and expanding the programming that is the core of CAPAL’s mission. On behalf of CAPAL’s Program Evaluations Task Force (PE TF), I will review PE TF work products, outline and provide recommendations on CAPAL’s 2020 Impact Report, and conduct a research project to measure the success of the Scholars and Interns (S&I) program. By synthesizing, analyzing, and extracting conclusions from existing data on former S&I, I will assess how effectively CAPAL achieves its mission of enabling and empowering AANHPI youth to enter public service careers. On the day-to-day end, I will support content development, logistics, and outreach for the 2020 Washington Leadership Program panel series. Finally, I will create, plan, and execute a virtual CAPAL event by the end of the summer.

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

I am currently intent on pursuing scholarship in political theory and ethics, especially as they relate to U.S. race relations. Alongside my CAPAL internship this summer, I am concurrently conducting a Pomona College-funded RAISE research project on complications surrounding AANHPI pan-ethnic identity and their impact on political organization. Interning at CAPAL enables me to observe closely the ways that this community organizes around and reflects on pan-ethnic consciousness, while also contributing to critical AANHPI advocacy efforts.

As CAPAL’s PPEI intern, I also seek to bridge the gap between this community’s organizing and scholarship on AANHPI political theory. By inviting scholars to speak at a virtual CAPAL event, I hope to better enable AANHPI political theorists to inform the ways this community mobilizes on behalf of ourselves and other POC coalitions.

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

I am excited to be working with AANHPI partners at AARP, as well as my fellow cohort members Agnes and Amanda, on a Community Action Project concerning intergenerational dialogue in our community. We hope to shine a light on the social and technological limitations that bar AANHPI elders from receiving exposure to mental health resources, as well as vital information on racism in the wake of the George Floyd protests and COVID-19. Moreover, I am excited to be befriending and learning from such motivated and warm-spirited AANHPIs across the country. I am inspired by this cohort and I am relieved knowing these individuals will lead the next generation of public service in our community.

What does public service mean to you?

Public service is about using one’s facilities to provide and ensure equitable opportunities for our communities. In my eyes, the first step toward that mission must be serving those most in need. It is for this reason that I choose to volunteer and work where I can aid the underserved. It explains my desire to study race relations and the inequities that exist within and between racial and pan-ethnic groups.

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

Years ago, right after grade eight, I transcribed and recorded a piano cover of the credits theme from the Studio Ghibli film Kiki’s Delivery Service. The video I uploaded to YouTube randomly blew up many years later because someone had put the piece into some Roblox fan game, and the video now has almost 84K views.

What are your favorite hobbies?

I love editing film montages, making and indulging in food, and dancing with my college group Groove Nation!

What movie or show are you watching right now?

Avatar: The Last Airbender. Finally!


Meet all of our CAPAL Scholars & Interns here.