CAPAL Intern Spotlight Ryan Nguyen ’21

What are your main responsibilities at your position? What are some of your big projects? (this can include projects at your internship, your specific CAP, etc) 

As a CAPAL Office Intern, I strive to commit to the organization and communications effort so that the programming for involved members, organizers, and scholars can smoothly and efficiently maximize opportunities with CAPAL.

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

As a first-generation Vietnamese American from a low-income background, opportunities to advance professional and career goals have only been filled with unforeseen social, financial, and emotional challenges. However, the clear vision and creative organization to ensure engaging programming brought by CAPAL has only reminded me of how critical these aspects are in expanding the network and limitless opportunities of prospective students within the field of public service.

What do you hope to achieve this summer as a part of CAPAL’s 2021 cohort? 

I hope to surround myself with like-minded individuals driven by ambition and passion towards social justice change. I want to learn and engage in fruitful conversations about the policies, attitudes, and identities that affect communities we nurture and abroad.

What does public service mean to you? 

Public service is a continuous progression towards equitable and holistic opportunities to advance communities for the better good.

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

Due to quarantine and isolation, I actually began to help my grandma garden so that we are able to have fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs to eat instead of spending money on the produce at grocery stores. Not only do I get to spend more time with my grandma, but we also get to grow delicious home-grown food.

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

I would eat hot pot for the rest of my life because the meal can be creative and unique each time as consumers are able to alternate meats, veggies, side dishes, broth, and so much more. The meal also opens windows for gatherings and sharing a meal with loved ones is always a good time.

Meet all of our 2021 CAPAL Scholars & Interns here.