Washington, D.C. (May 26, 2011) – The Organization of Chinese Americans, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, announce last week that it has received a $25,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation. The grant will be utilized in 2011 to support OCA’s goals of education and leadership by funding OCA’s Internship Program.
“With the generous support given by the Comcast Foundation for the 2011 Internship Program, OCA will be able to expand its ongoing programs and continue to educate, organize, and serve its constituency comprised of APAs, youth, and the communities that need the most assistance,” said Ken Lee, OCA national president.
Established in 1989, the OCA Internship Program has grown into a year round program to include over 20 undergraduates each year. OCA has provided internship opportunities to over 400 APA college students to learn about public policy issues that are affecting the APA community as well as leadership development tools, including networking and workforce development. OCA interns are placed in Congressional offices, federal agencies, the OCA National Center, and other prominent non-profit organizations for ten weeks.
In 2010, OCA supported 26 interns in positions that included the Speaker of the House, the Minority Business Development Agency, and the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islander. This year, OCA will be welcoming 24 students to the summer internship class.
“Comcast’s commitment to diversity and the communities we serve is an important part of our day to day culture. We are very pleased to be able to partner with OCA to help deliver its mission and goals that impact the community in a positive and real way,” said Executive Director of External Affairs of Comcast Corporation & Vice President of External Affairs for Comcast Cable, Johnnie Giles. “We look forward to a year of growth for OCA and our partnership in 2011 and beyond.”