Amata lauds selection of OIA interns for DC office


WASHINGTON D.C.—Delegate Aumua Amata (R-A. Samoa) was informed last week of the selection of four students from the U.S. Insular areas to participate in the Office of Insular Affairs Internship Program.

“I want to thank Department of the Interior, Assistant Secretary Esther Kia’aina for informing me of the selections and for her work to ensure that our young people from the Insular Areas are being included in opportunities to get involved in serving the nation,” said Amata. “I can think of no better to way to get our young people involved in the process and informed about how government affects their lives.”

Aumua Amata

Aumua Amata

The following four students were selected to participate in the program: Fuatino Leleo Solaita of American Samoa, James Passi Camacho of the Northern Mariana Islands, Cajay S.T. Jacobs of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Martin Joseph Moore III of the Republic of Palau. These successful students were chosen out of a pool of approximately 400 applicants from across the country for this paid internship program, the first of its kind for the insular areas.

Fuatino Leleo Solaita, who hails from the village of Nu’uuli, is pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration from Chaminade University in Hawaii. She is a graduate of Samoana High School and received her B.A. in Business Administration from Chaminade University and is currently working as a Human Resources practitioner at the American Samoan government Department of Human Resources.

“I especially want to congratulate Fuatino Leleo Solaita on her continued pursuit of excellence and furthering her career through this opportunity. It is imperative that we get as many of our young people to participate in these programs, as they will be the future leaders of our community,” said Amata. (Office of the Delegate)

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