In 2014, I participated in the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) summer internship program. CAPAL provides Asian American students the opportunity to not only intern at a federal agency, but also learn about the importance of creating diversity in the public workforce. In light of the low representation of Asian Americans in the government, CAPAL strives to show both interns and federal employees why including more Asian Americans in public policy is crucial for building a more democratic society.
During this summer, I worked with four other CAPAL interns to create a video targeted toward Asian American Millennials that promotes Asian Pacific American (APA) involvement in public service. Through a series of interviews with APA community leaders, we hope that young Asian Pacific Americans will be inspired to become more civically engaged. This project was filmed and edited by myself, while my teammates assisted in both interviewing our guests and gathering data featured at the beginning and end of the video.