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Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership Announces Summer 2011 Applications for Public Service Internships and Scholarships

If you know any students who are looking for summer internships, please refer them to the CAPAL Summer Internship/Scholarship Program!  More information provided below:
The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) will help place students in paid internships within federal government agencies in DC, California, Oregon, Washington, as well as other locations nationwide.  Last year, 11 interns were placed.  CAPAL will also be offering two $2,000 scholarships for individuals working in unpaid public service internships (nonprofit/government) this summer in the Washington, DC metropolitan region.  Please go to for more information and to apply, and access the applications via these links:  internships applicationscholarships application.  More information after the jump.

Leadership Development Programs: NetKAL

A couple of days ago I was invited to a NetKAL dinner by Jason Scott Park.  What is NetKAL you might ask?  NetKAL stands for the Network of Korean American Leaders, a program organized by the Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership at the University of Southern California.  Each year (or so), NetKAL takes a group of accomplished Korean Americans to be NetKAL fellows, and develops their leadership potential through networking events, professional seminars, and summits.

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Application for AANAPISI Designation Open

**Edit: This correction notice was sent out 7/15/2010**

This is a correction to our earlier message with the subject line Application for AANAPISI Designation Open sent on July 14, 2010.

Dear Friends,

Please note that the attached announcement is for the U.S. Department of Education application for Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) funding (under Title III, Part A) and not for the reopening of eligibility for AANAPISI designation. This funding application closes on August 9, 2010. If you applied for designation (opened December 7, 2009 and closed January 6, 2010), you can now apply for funding under this announcement.

Only AANAPISI-designated institutions can apply for funding under this announcement. If you did not apply for designation, but your institution may be interested, we anticipate that the announcement for the reopening of eligibility for AANAPISI designation will be made soon. We will notify you once the announcement is published in the Federal Register.

Please disseminate this correction widely. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you!

This is a correction to our message with the subject line Application for AANAPISI Designation Open sent on July 14, 2010.

White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

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Bending the Curve, Education Style.

I recently read an article in the Pacific Citizen, JACL‘s newspaper, titled “CSU Votes to Grant Honorary Degrees to WWII Internees.”  Warren T. Furutani, a State Assemblyman in California, introduced a bill last year to grant honorary degrees to those Nisei students who were forced to drop out of school during WWII and sent to internment camps here in the USA.

It seems a little silly to only now recognize the importance of this bill, especially since it’s been a year after it was passed, but this story is not only about recognizing the sacrifice of fellow Americans.  It is also about recognizing the importance of education.  By granting honorary degrees to those who failed to complete their studies, we recognize how important a college degree is.

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The Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill on AAPI Communities

I’ve included the below post because I feel that it’s critical that we get the word out on the impact of the Gulf Oil spill, especially on the AAPI community that is there in the region.  Many people don’t know that there is a population of AAPI’s living there, mostly South East Asian, and are deeply affected by the oil spill.  Read all about it below.

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Getting a job in the public sector: WLP Resume Panel Review

On Monday, June 21, 2010, the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership held its Washington Leadership Program session “Resume Workshop” on Capitol Hill.   Each year CAPAL hosts this event to assist Asian American and Pacific Islander interns who are interested in careers in the public service to give them some advice from seasoned professionals in the field on how to get a position in Washington, DC, whether it’s with the government, Capitol Hill, or a nonprofit organization.  The speakers of this event were fantastic, and what I wanted to do was to summarize some of their main points for the folks who weren’t able to make it.


Matt Adkins, Job Bank Manager, The Heritage Foundation

Daniel Chao, Chief of Staff, Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano

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