We’re shining the spotlight on Okina Tran, Marian Ivers Intern at the Women’s Fund of Omaha. Okina joined the staff in June 2018 as part of the first class of Get Checked Omaha Interns. She works towards making an impact in the community while working on marketing campaigns that affect women and girls. Okina is currently a full-time student at the University of Nebraska Omaha majoring in Journalism & Media Communications with an emphasis in PR and Advertising.
In the midst of being student at UNO, she also works with the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter as their Vice President of Publications—Assistant. She also volunteered at last year’s Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) and has participated in Safe Space training to support the LGBTQIA+ members of the community. Through this work, she has learned how to radiate intersectionality and solidarity into everyday experiences.
We sat with Okina and asked her a few questions about her experience at the Women’s Fund so far, and what she likes to do outside of work.
What’s your favorite part of working for the Women’s Fund?
I really enjoy working in a place that believes in me and makes me feel empowered. My coworkers are so nice and would do anything for anyone in a heartbeat. Also, I’m always happy to be here because I really admire all the women I work with.
Describe the Women’s Fund in 3 words.
Intersectional, Encouraging, and Safe.
Best thing about living/working in Omaha?
Connecting with cool people in your related field! I love talking to people about their passions and there are driven people here who have a story to tell.
When you’re not working, what’s your favorite thing to do?
I love to watch “Parks and Recreation” or “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” when I need a break from homework. I also love walking around the lake with my puppy. Trying out new restaurants with friends and family is something I enjoy as well.
What’s one goal you hope to accomplish within the next year?
I hope to be versatile enough to join the Television Academy Foundation’s Internship Program next summer. It’s a competitive process, but I believe being a Marian Ivers intern will give me the extra boost to be a strong contender for the program.
What’s the most interesting or unusual job you’ve ever done?
In the summer of 2014, I worked as a Social Media & Game Development intern at SkyVu Entertainment which was a neat experience! I never imagined dabbling in the gaming industry, but I’m glad I got the chance to explore it.
What are you listening to these days?
SZA and Ariana Grande are rocking my world right now! Their music really gets me through the day. I’m also listening to “Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness” podcast which I like because he covers topics that I’m also curious about.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Lana Condor would be amazing! We look nothing alike, but she’s Vietnamese, so it would be nice to have an actor that shares the same ethnicity as me. Or maybe Shay Mitchell! I get a lot of comments saying I look like her, which is a huge compliment.
Photograph by Anna Finocchiaro