Felippa Amanta

White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders
Sociology; Public Policy

My name is Felippa Amanta, a third year Berkeley student majoring in Sociology with a minor in Public Policy. I’m really excited for my fall internship in Washington, DC, where I hope to intern at the Department of Education. It really fits my passion in education and public service. I also look forward to meeting exceptional people in DC and learning from them, through classes, seminars, and other opportunities. I can learn about politics in DC first-hand from people directly involved in it. I believe that this experience will help me in my research on education policies. Thank you, Matsui Center, for giving me a chance to fully enjoy Washington, DC with the fellowship!


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to share my top seven things to be thankful for in Washington, D.C. In the midst of the busy weekdays, we often go by our day in such a rush that we forget to stop for a moment, take a breath, and appreciate what we have. So this thanksgiving, I am thankful for...
Last Friday afternoon, October 17, I had the honor of being up close and personal with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Since the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is housed under the Department of Education, the interns are also subject to the Department of...
I hit the ground running in Washington, D.C. I arrived in Washington late Sunday night, spent Monday settling in to the apartment, started class on Tuesday, and went to my first day of work on Wednesday at the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders. From that point on, it...