Indo-Pacific Affairs Internship Program

The Indo-Pacific Affairs Internship Program provides $4,000 stipends to support undergraduate and graduate students at UH Mānoa pursuing internships related to Indo-Pacific affairs. Since many internships are unpaid, these stipends increase the accessibility of these opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds. These stipends are made possible by Congressional funding.

For Summer 2023, the Indo-Pacific Affairs Internship Program is partnering with five organizations to provide valuable professional experience for UH Mānoa students:

The Headquarters United States Indo-Pacific Command (HQUSINDOPACOM) Student Volunteer Fellowship Program allows students to explore career opportunities within a professional work environment while learning about the Department of Defense mission and objectives in the Indo-Pacific region.
Application Deadline: January 20, 2023 (more information)

The White House Initiative on Asian-Americans, Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders is charged with driving an ambitious, whole-of-government agenda to advance equity, justice, and opportunity for AA and NHPI communities. Interns support the National Park Service in its involvement with the WHIAANHPI’s Hawaii and Pacific Islands network.
Application Deadline: March 17, 2023 (more information)

The Department of the Interior protects and manages natural resources and cultural heritage, provides information about those resources, and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated Island Communities. Interns support DOI’s Office of Insular Affairs to respond to environmental concerns in the US-affiliated Pacific Islands and related locations, including ecological security, climate change and infrastructure, energy, invasive species, coral reefs, nature-based solutions, and water security. Responsibilities include research, compiling white papers, preparing materials for meetings and/or workshops, communicating with partners, and presenting findings.
Application Deadline: March 17, 2023 (more information)

The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies is a US Department of Defense institute in Honolulu that addresses regional and global security issues. Interns support courses by assisting professors in seminars attended by US and foreign military and civilian security practitioners, perform research, and attend visits from US officials and foreign dignitaries.
Application Deadline: April 4, 2023 (more information)

Pacific Forum is a non-profit foreign policy research institute in Honolulu that examines political, security, economic and business issues and facilitates dialogue in the Indo-Pacific with the region’s academic, government, and corporate leaders. Interns assist with formatting and designing publications, video editing, social media, and database entry. In addition, they have access to local Pacific Forum events, and they may also choose to write something for publication by Pacific Forum.
Application Deadline: April 24, 2023 (more information)

For more information on the Indo-Pacific Affairs Internship Program, contact The program is administered by the College of Social Sciences Internship Program in cooperation with the School of Pacific and Asian Studies and the Center for Indo-Pacific Affairs.