Meet the 2015 Winter Interns
|MEET THE 2015 WINTER INTERNS
Eva Hicks graduated from Colorado College with a double major in Political Science and Sociology, with a concentration on International Affairs and a minor in Asian Studies. In college she studied abroad twice, studying sustainable development in Thailand and socioeconomic development in Cuba. After graduation, Eva moved to Washington, DC to pursue her passion for politics. She served as a Research Assistant with Abt Associates, where she conducted program monitoring and evaluation for domestic social programs for the Departments of Labor, Education, and Housing. She then transitioned to a position as Fellow in the office of Congressman Mark Takano to develop a deeper understanding of the legislative process.
Eva has long held a passion for social justice and human rights, inspired by her family’s experience in the Japanese American internment camps during World War II. She has a particular interest in the role of government and policy in ensuring equal protection for all. Additionally, she has a strong interest in criminal justice reform, and is looking forward to developing an understanding of how she can be an effective advocate for these issues.
Eva’s mother is third generation Japanese American, her father is Caucasian, and she is excited about continuing to explore her mixed race identity with the support of the OCA community. Eva fills her free time with yoga, soccer, tennis, and recently began training for her first marathon. Additionally, she loves to travel and hopes to live abroad in the future.
Eva is an intern at the office of Congressman Mark Takano.
Marie Nguyen is a senior at the
University of California, San Diego where she is pursuing a degree in Political
Science – Public Law. On campus she is greatly involved within the Multicultural
Greek Community where she has served as a delegate and an executive member for
her Asian-American Interest Sorority.
Rooted in Southern California, Marie
is the youngest of nine siblings in her big and boisterous family. Her
experience of growing up in a Vietnamese immigrant family has inspired her to
build and gain more understanding of advocacy to help future APA generations.
Through her internship at OCA, she hopes to explore and discover more about the
APA climate beyond Southern California. She seeks to learn more about justice
and the incredible amount of work it takes to advocate on behalf of the APA
community, whose political issues remain invisible to the nation. Marie hopes
to use her new found knowledge to promote greater awareness and advocacy on
these issues in her community back home.
Marie’s interests are cooking,
ice-cream, tennis, walking her corgi, and binge watching Netflix.
Marie is an intern at the Minority Business Development Agency.
Christina Adams is a recent graduate of Missouri State
University, where she studied Hospitality & Restaurant Administration and
French with minors in Ethical Leadership and Technical Writing. While in
college, she involved herself in multiple cultural, political, honors,
major-specific, fraternal, and campus-wide organizations. She was a prominent
figure across campus regarding Public Affairs and leadership development, by
becoming a facilitator in the Emerging Leaders Program, a Homecoming Queen
candidate, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion in Student Government
Association, and the Residential Programming Assistant for the Sophomore Year
Experience Living-Learning Community. Her sophomore year, she was the youngest
nominee for the Missouri State University Women of Distinction Award, and in
2013, she received the Charles Chang Award presented by the Midwest Asian
American Students Union (MAASU). Culminating her leadership and event planning
experience, she is currently the Chair for the first Student Day of Missouri's
Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference. Christina prefers organizing
instead of having free time, but when her schedule allows, she likes to bake
irresistible desserts and travel to Africa.
Christina is ½ Chinese, ¼ Italian, and ¼ Latvian and is
second-generation-born for two of her three ethnicities. As she has always
lived in the Midwest, growing up between Chicago and Milwaukee, she has always
understood the necessity of solidarity in diversity. Through the OCA
internship, Christina hopes to learn more about the APIA community and about
the resources to support one another.
is an intern at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance.
Jane has lived in Taiwan, China, Korea and Argentina and is
proficient in four languages—Chinese, Korean, Spanish and
English. Her affinity for foreign languages has given her a
multicultural background and international work experiences. With strong interest
in U.S.-China foreign policy, her interests include cultural, social, and
political trends in East Asia, as well as education, public policy, and human
rights. She wants to explore ways art and culture can play a role in redefining
relationship between countries. Her specialties include videos, film,
photography, marketing, social media, and communications. As a freelance
translator, graphic designer, and tutor, she aspires to discover opportunities
that may tie her interests all together. In her free time, she enjoys listening
to NPR news, playing her cello, visiting museums, and reading in D.C.
coffeehouses. She is an avid biker and a world traveler. Jane holds a B.A. in
International Studies from Emory University.
Jane is a program intern at the OCA National
With a B.A.
from Salisbury University, vivacious Megan L. Rosario graduated with the major
of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution (CADR) and a minor in Theatre. Meg
is a reliable person for everything especially relevant to public relations,
using social skills resourcefully, and being adaptive as a diligent worker. Her
experiences have majorly impacted how she acts in any kind of environment. She
is interested in Human Resources, creative approaches, and being in an
environment heavy with social interactions. Meg is also known for her passions
in fashion, writing, and the performing arts. Music, arts, and travel continue
to inspire her. Montgomery County born and raised, a proud DMV affiliate, Megan
L. Rosario anticipates growing and benefiting the OCA team in the nation's
Megan is an intern at the Office on
Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs.
JI WON LEE
Ji Won Lee studied International Studies with the
disciplinary focus of Political Science at the University of California, San
Diego. Thanks to the great professors she met, she found all the classes very stimulating. She is currently participating in UCDC program, an academic internship
program. She aspires to become actively involved in social organizations to
improve the lives of minorities in the world. She also actively worked as a
principal member of a Korean student organization, Kommon Society, which is an
academic club for social science majors at UCSD.
Ji has previously interned at a think tank in South Korea,
The Asan Institute for Policy Studies. All these experiences have motivated her to be passionate about not only international affairs but also justice.
She was born in Seoul, South Korea and
moved to the United States when she was 16. She enjoys listening to music and
watching movies in her spare time. For she loves to learn different cultures
and visit historic sites, she hopes to travel all around the world in the
future. Ji seeks to gain many different experiences prior to setting her career
is a chapter & membership intern at the OCA National Center.
JEN KELI BAUTISTA
Jen Keli Bautista is currently an undergraduate student
at the University of California, San Diego, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in
Literatures of the World and a minor in Ethnic Studies, and she holds an Associate
of Arts in Creative Writing. While in San Diego, she tutors at Reality
Changers, which helps first-generation college-bound youth with disadvantaged
backgrounds by providing academic support, financial assistance, and leadership
development. Furthermore, she was involved with Kaibigang Pilipin@ and Circle K
International. Additionally, Jen Keli worked as a production assistant for
"Deluge: or the Panda Play” for UC San Diego’s Wagner New Play Festival. Before
interning in Washington DC, she spent a semester studying abroad at Lancaster
University in Northern England, where she extensively traveled England and the
rest of Europe and learned about the complexities that connect British and
American literature. This past summer, she volunteered in Nicaragua with Growth
International Volunteer Excursions to help build the first secondary school
through sustainable development in Jiquilillo, a small fishing village, as well
as teach English to children and get PADI scuba dive certification to work on
marine conservation on Little Corn Island. As the daughter of two Filipino
immigrants, Jen Keli is passionate about advocating for the API community, and
she is excited to listen to and learn about the struggles and stories of other
people within the community. In her free time, she enjoys singing, traveling,
reading, and Polynesian dancing. In the future, Jen Keli hopes to combine her
passions for the arts and advocacy.
Jen Keli is an intern at National ACE.