APAICS | Office Interns
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Office Interns


Denise Diokno | Fall & Spring Intern

|  denise@apaics.org

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 | Fall & Spring Intern

|  rafhanah@apaics.org 

Rafhanah is 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.

Lucky Sasiphong | Spring Intern

|  lucky@apaics.org

Lucky is from Queens, New York and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in political science and women,gender, and sexuality studies from American University.


As an intern, Lucky has been gathering research in order to develop a political leadership summit that targets young AAPI women who are interested in running for public office. Her dedication to exposing more AAPI women to a career in public service is what motivated her to pursue an internship at APAICS.



Ryota Taniguchi | Fall & Spring Intern

|  ryota@apaics.org

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.




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