2016 31 Oct APAICS Introduces our Fall 2016 Interns

October 28, 2016


 Contact: Cathy He
(202) 296-9200
APAICS Welcomes 2016-2017 Fall Interns
APAICS is pleased to announce our Fall 2016 Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Interns. APAICS offers internships in Washington, D.C. at the APAICS office, providing exceptional students and young professionals with the opportunity to work with us in fostering programming and outreach to build the AAPI political pipeline.


Ada Xiaoyi Wang

Ada is currently a graduate student in the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and aspires to be a research analyst in China/Asian study. As an APAICS intern, she is responsible for fundraising and providing support for on-going development activities including prospect research and grant writing support.
Ada is eager to work with APAICS because she wants to learn more about fundraising in non-profit organization and is also devoted to promoting AAPI participation in politics.




Denise Diokno

Denise was born in the Philippines and moved to Virginia when she was 10. She is currently a senior at George Mason University and is majoring in Global Affairs with a concentration in Media and Communication. As an intern, Denise is following the election to update our database of AAPIs running this cycle. She was initially interested in APAICS because she wanted to gain experience and exposure in the workforce while serving the AAPI community.






Rafhanah Pitkin
Rafhanah from Rome, New York and is a graduate of Norwich University, where she majored in International Relations and minored in Chinese.
Rafhanah currently gathers data on AAPI politicians running for office and assists in organizing events and outreach. She was initially eager to work with APAICS because she was curious and driven to learn about the AAPI community’s participation in politics and the impact they make.





Ryota Taniguchi
Ryota is from Fukuoka, Japan, and recently graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University with a degree in International Politics. He also attended Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, as well as North Central College in Illinois for one year as an exchange student.
Ryota came to Washington D.C. as a participant of the Japan Internship for the Development of Young Leaders Program by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. He wanted to work with APAICS because he was interested in working at a non-profit organization in the United States and also wanted to make contributions to AAPI community. Although Ryota identifies as Japanese and is technically not AAPI, he said he would like to learn more about the AAPI community.