APAPA-BAR Interns visit the State Capitol
The APAPA-Bay Area’s 2015 College Leadership Program is designed to give our community’s young leaders the professional skills and training they need to become successful government, policy, and political staff. The program selects 10-25 students each year, depending on quality and qualification, and place them with elected official and policy offices across the Bay Area as staff interns. Interns would need to show a substantial interest and background in the Asian Pacific Islander community, and demonstrate a desire to pursue a career in politics or government.
Before the interns are placed at their sites, they undergo 16 hours of orientation training where they are taught appropriate office dress attire and behavior, staffing and policy basics, and professional inter-personal skills. Throughout the 8 weeks during the summer, this training will continue in 2-hour classes every Tuesday evening, and expand into topics such as, “How to Run a Field Campaign”, “Strengths/Weaknesses in the Professional World”, and “Interview Techniques”. Each participant is required to participate in the orientation retreat, work a minimum of 20 hours at their placement sites, attend 2-hour training every Tuesday, and complete a minimum 100 hours of community service. Interns are asked to volunteer and represent APAPA in various community events throughout the Bay Area. The interns network with major community leaders in the Bay Area, meet local and state elected officials, and work on a day-to-day basis with government staff. At the end of the program, students are equipped with the skills and experience to start and excel at an entry-level position on a political campaign or office.
Highlights from 2015
This past summer, interns were placed in the following offices: Mayor Ed Lee’s Office of Neighborhood Services, Mayor Ed Lee’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Office of Assemblymember Rob Bonta, the Office of Assemblymember David Chiu, the Office of Assemblymember Phil Ting, the Office of Board of Equalization member Fiona Ma, the Office of Supervisor Julie Christensen, and the San Francisco Association of Realtors.
In total, this cohort was able to obtain 25 coffee meetings, attend over 32 community events, collected over 700 business cards, and met over 110 elected officials and community leaders in the Bay area. One of their most notable events was the API Internship Day at the Capitol in Sacramento where they were able to meet state officials and speak during a mock hearing. For their final project, the interns coordinated a town hall debate showcasing the San Francisco Sheriff's election.
Major accomplishments within their offices included promotions from being an intern to the intern coordinator at the office and making recommendations to current legislation.
APAPA-BAR Interns sit in at a workshop