Intern Spotlight: Rose Hoang
Meet Rose, a member of our 2019 Summer Intern Class
Rose Hoang, who is part of our 2019 Summer Intern cohort. Rose is a rising Junior from the University of California Santa Barbara
(UCSB) who is pursuing a Bachelors degree in International/Global Studies and Asian-American Studies. During her time here, she
has helped us stay up-to-date on news within our community and is currently working on our upcoming youth ambassador summit!
Read on to see more about what brought her to APIAVote and what she does in her spare time. (Interview has been reduced and edited
for clarity and grammar)
Q: What made you want to work with APIAVote?
A: As a second-generation Vietnamese American, I have witnessed a lack of awareness in both older and younger generations. Many
Asian Americans are apathetic in voting or being civically engaged and prefer not to be “political,” but everything you do or don’t do is
political. I saw this as an issue in the AAPI community and wanted to work for an organization that mobilizes Asian Americans. There are
several reasons why many Asian Americans are not civically engaged, and it all comes down to education and empowering our
Q: What have you learned so far?
A: Whenever I asked people in D.C for advice, the response was always the same, network. This was my first time interning across the
country and being thrown into a professional city like D.C. It was an intimidating experience at first, but now seven weeks into my
internship, I look at networking as meeting and connecting with people. Not only does networking leads to professional opportunities,
but it also leads to new friends, new perspectives and is an opportunity to build community. Last thing (and pro-tip): wear bug spray at
night. D.C mosquitos are ruthless.
Q: What are some cool things you’ve experienced here as an intern?
A: Coolest experience hands down was sitting in line for a hearing and AOC walking by me. It was surreal. Being in D.C, everything feels
closer which forces me to stay informed and be a part of the conversation with the politics of this country. A huge perk of interning in D.C
are all the really awesome free museums, events, and food! Specifically at APIAVote, we are working on informing our community to fill
out the Census in 2020. I was part of a Census video we shot at Facebook's D.C location with young people sharing their experience
and how the census affects them. Overall, I think D.C is definitely a special place because I am surrounded by a community of Asian
Americans who are fighting for social change.
Q: Why is it important to amplify the AAPI voice?
A: Because if we don’t speak up for ourselves, who will?
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: I enjoy thrifting, spoken word, attending free events around the city and, as of late, I have been trying to cook different recipes and