Internship 2019


Please come show your support to the graduating interns from the class of 2019. 
Where: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library
475 Moe Rd | Clifton Park, NY 12065
When: Saturday, August 3, 2019 – 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM 
Lunch will be served.
Please complete the RSVP form below.  Thank you!

Photos from 2019 Internship Training on June 1, 2019

Photos by: Lili Kuo

The 2019 APAPA summer internship orientation was held at the Albany Law School, which is the nation’s oldest independent school of law, and the alma mater of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. In addition to the interns, the orientation was attended by members of APAPA Internship Committee and the APAPA Board.


As of June 1, 2019, APAPA Albany summer interns and their respective placements include:

Eddy Yu – NY Lt. Governor’s Office

Elan Siang- U.S Senator Kristen Gillibrand’s Office

Grace Sun- Sponsored by Rockefeller College Center for Women in Government

Sana Syed- Clifton Park Supervisor’s Office

Ruchika Bhardwaj- Albany Mayor’s Budget Office.

Zara Shah-U.S Senator Kristen Gillibrand’s Office

Jerry Chen-Schenectady Mayor’s Office

Shaaf Syed-Albany Mayor’s Office

M Ghazi Jamakzai-Albany Mayor’s Office


Dr. Aliya Saeed welcomed the interns who had been selected after an exhaustive process whereby, after they were ranked by the committee members, shortlisted candidates were interviewed by Dr. Lili Kuo, who subsequently mentored them through a 3 months long process.


Dr. Saeed expressed admiration for Dr. Kuo’s tireless work in preparing the interns. Dr. Saeed provided an overview of the roles played by CLUSA, APAPA national as well as APAPA Albany Chapter in the team endeavor that is the student internship program.


Dr. Lili Kuo spoke to the group about professionalism in the office, and the do’s and dont’s of the contemporary office environment.


Dr. Yunfeg Shi presented a well-researched talk on the history of Chinese  immigrants to America, the historic injustices that they have faced as well as examples of Chinese Americans who have excelled Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett who is currently serving his 10th term in his position spoke to the students from the perspective of someone who has mentored APAPA interns.


Dr. Jerry Liu took the group through a team exercise that highlighted the importance of different communication styles.

Dr. HP Wang shared some of the statistics that reflect the challenges of political engagement for the API community. He asserted the importance of voter registration, Students were handed voter registration forms so that they may register members from their networks.


Aliya Saeed concluded the orientation by reminding interns about the internship committee members’ availability to support them through their internship, and the intern’s role as an ambassador for APAPA as well as the API community.

Summer Internship Program Training session will be held
on Saturday, June 1, 2019 ~ from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
at Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208. 



Application Deadline: February 28, 2019

The APAPA New York State Capital Internship Program is designed to prepare college students to become future leaders in our greater community. This program provides an opportunity for students to develop their leadership skills, gain public policy experience and become civically engaged.

The internship program will develop:

  • Political awareness and civic engagement
  • Understanding of government and legislative processes
  • Professional and leadership qualities
  • Networking skills


  • Work 100 hours minimum in your assigned office.  The hours are flexible depending on the placement office and can be distributed over the summer of the entire length of the internship program.
  • Attend mandatory workshops. Workshops include leadership training, public speaking, and voter’s registration.
  • Complete an evaluation form after finishing your requirements

Selection Criteria:

Applicants will be selected on the basis of:

  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Community Service
  • Grade point average


The program is open to all New York resident undergraduate and graduate college students with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Program length and stipend:

  • The interns may complete 100 hours of internship between June 1, 2019 and August 10, 2019
  • In past years, we have paid stipend ranging from $700-$1000 to each intern. 2019 stipend amount is yet to be determined as grant proposals to secure further funding are currently under review by the granting agency. Please check back at this website for updates. 
  • Students are responsible for their own housing, transportation and insurance.


Application materials are due by February 28, 2019.
Applicants will be notified of a decision by March 20, 2019


Aliya Saeed, Lili Kuo, Ram Lalukota, Peter Thomas, Ateeq Ahmad, Jerry Liu & Yunfeng Shi
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