APAPA Summer Internship Workshop 2018

June 26, 2018

The Asian and Pacific Islanders Public Affairs Committee(APAPA) Albany Chapter (APAPA-ALC) held a workshop for its incoming interns, as part of the chapter’s 2018 Internship Program.  

This year the APAPA-ALC internship committee accomplished five successful intern placements in the following public offices:

  1. Ms. Lyana Geng: Albany City Mayor’s office
  2. Mr. Michael Zhou: Lt. Governor’s office (accepted but still under background check)
  3. Mr. Ali Bukht: Albany County Executive’s office
  4. Mr. Kevin Du: Clifton Park Supervisor’s office
  5. Ms. Nayanika Bharghava: Center for women in Government and Civil Society

The event began with a warm meet and greet among the interns, the committee members, the speakers and a fairly large group of other APAPA volunteers and students who are interested to learn our internship program and explore future opportunities of involvement.

Ms. Aliya Saeed introduced the APAPA and VNA teams to the interns, and explained the process how the interns were selected. She highlighted the importance of political engagement, especially at the local level.  Ms. Saeed emphasized the fact that the APAPA intern represents not only the APAPA-ALC but also the broader Asian community.  


Internship Team
Aliya Saeed, Ateeg Ahmad, Jerry Liu, Peter Thomas, Ram Lalukota and Harrison Xu


Application Deadline: April 15, 2018

The APAPA New York State Capitol 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.
  • Register ten (10) people to vote
  • 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 program runs from June 26, 2018 through August 10, 2018.
  • Interns will receive a scholarship in the amount of $700.00 at the end of the program.
  • Students are responsible for their own housing, transportation and insurance.

Additional Opportunities Offered(not required):

  • We will also offer interns the opportunity to participate as a volunteer with APAPA at other events, including the following: College Application Workshop for high school students (early Sept), Voters Forum (late Sept/Early Oct), Holiday Mixer (Dec), and the following year’s Internship Gala (Spring).Additional Opportunities Offered (not required)


Application materials are due by April 15, 2018.
Applicants will be notified of a decision by April 30, 2018.

Click here to see Testimonies from previous Interns