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We partnered with several organizations to offer the following internship placements for continuing UH Mānoa Hawaiian undergraduate students.

The application had a deadline of September 29, 2019, and is now closed.

Option #1: UH Mānoa Hamilton Hawaiian Collection
Project: Strengthening our knowledge of moʻolelo published in the nūpepa
Mentor: Kapena Shim

  The first pages of the nūpepa were reserved for moʻolelo. The history of our aliʻi, the epic tales of our akua and the many stories from and about other places were consistently published on the first pages of the nūpepa. Many of these moʻolelo have been compiled, translated, and re-published in many of the books we use today to understand our past and help guide us in the present. There are so many more moʻolelo out there in the nūpepa waiting to be found. The Hawaiian Collection of the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections is hosting a summer intern who will create a comprehensive index of the moʻolelo written on the first pages of the nūpepa from 1834-1948. Creating an index of these moʻolelo at this scale will not only help us connect to the stories documented in the nūpepa, it will also allow us to further analyze the editorial role of the nūpepa through the moʻolelo they were publishing. As an intern for this project, you will gain a strong understanding of the moʻolelo published, learn how to efficiently search for moʻolelo in the nūpepa, and create an index that will help the lāhui connect with more moʻolelo.

Option #2: UH Mānoa Hamilton Hawaiian Collection
Project: Creating stronger access points for Hawaiian genealogy research
Mentor: Kapena Shim

  Do you like researching in the nūpepa, and want to spend your summer indexing and analyzing the coverage of birth, marriage, and death notices published in the nūpepa? Do you like genealogy research and are interested in helping others find information about their kūpuna. The Hawaiian Collection of the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections is hosting a summer intern who will index birth, marriage, and death notices published in the nūpepa from 1856 to 1870. This continues the work of a previous intern who indexed the years from 1834-1849. Indexing this period is critical because there are not a lot of government genealogy records that exist during that time. Your work as an intern would help fill in the gaps of records and help the lāhui today connect to the names of ancestors published in the nūpepa.

Option #3: College of Education & Office of Hawaiian Education
Project: Aupuni Palapala
Mentor: Dr. Eōmailani Kukahiko

The Office of Hawaiian Education (OHE) is committed to grounding education in Hawaiian ways of knowing so that all of Hawaiʻi may thrive.  To that end, the College of Education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM-COE) and OHE have partnered through the initiative Aupuni Palapala to engage in a multi-faceted approach to professional development.

Aupuni Palapala shall embrace a flexible learning mindset and provide opportunities for classroom teachers to share their expertise and engage in broader learning communities with peers on content knowledge, skills and dispositions focused in the area of Hawaiian language, culture and history education.

Option #4: Hawaiian Historical Society
Project: Special Collections & Archives
Mentor: Jennifer Higa
& Elizabeth Seaton

Established in 1892, the Hawaiian Historical Society is a non-profit organization committed to preserving, researching, and sharing Hawaiʻi’s history. In addition to maintaining a research library, we present public lectures, and publish the Hawaiian Journal of History and Hawaiian language imprint series. The Society is looking for a detail-oriented intern to work with original, 19th-century Hawaiian language newspapers. The intern will work closely with the librarian to inventory and index the Society’s physical collection of Hawaiian language newspapers in preparation for a large-scale digitization project. Training on indexing and how to properly care for and store archival materials will be included. Responsibilities will also include scanning library documents, organizing digital files, and general data-entry work associated with created digital documents. 

Option #5: King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center
Project: Revealing Agency in the Creation of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s Governmental Institutions
Mentors: Ahukini Fuertes & Matt Mattice

The history of justice in Hawaiʻi has a more than millenium-old moʻokūʻauhau that begins with the native only period and gives witness to both indigenous agency and foreign impositions of change. The King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center will host a student intern to conduct research on Kingdom of Hawaiʻi citizens, civic groups, political parties, etc. who influenced the development of the nation’s governmental agencies, including the Judiciary. JHC is particularly interested in uncovering Hawaiian language source documents that reveal agency of the Kingdom’s citizenry in creating governmental institutions and rules that continue to exist in Hawaiʻi today. The research will support JHC’s exhibit rennovations.

Option #6: UH Mānoa Center for Teaching Excellence
Mentor: Daniela Bottjer-Wilson

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at UH Mānoa maintains an ongoing dialogue about excellence in teaching on our campus through professional development programs and services. Our seminars, workshops, individual counseling, and teaching assessment offerings all contribute to the development of attitudes, values, skills, and knowledge to impact the complex processes of teaching and learning. We also strongly support Mānoa’s mission in striving to become a Hawaiian Place of Learning, and in that spirit, emphasize teaching and learning through a lens on culture and place by infusing that lens in our programs and in our numerous collaborations across Mānoa campus. This internship is geared for students interested in exploring the areas of teaching and learning at Mānoa. The Kekaulike Intern will participate with the CTE team in: event planning and facilitation; performing qualitative data extraction; in organization and reporting of events and programs; and, to organize and maintain libraries and resource materials for faculty and TAs, including the Dossier Library for tenure and promotion and Mānoa Teaching Awards library. The Intern will also play a supporting role in developing a new innovative classroom for culturally-based Mānoa courses with the CTE team.

Option #7: Iolani Palace
Project: Curation & Education
Mentors: Teresa Valencia & Ihilani Gutierrez

This is a unique opportunity to work at an important historic site and to join the community of people who make Iolani Palace one of the most popular and revered places in Hawaiʻi. The Iolani Palace Curatorial department manages the care of objects, creation of exhibitions and development of educational programs.

Option #8: Kanaeokana
Mentor: Ryan Gonzalez

Kanaeokana is a network of over 60 kula Hawaiʻi, ‘āina-based hui, and Hawaiian organizations collaborating to nurture the next generations of aloha ʻāina leaders. Interns would be working on behalf of Kanaeokana kula kaiapuni to produce learning materials for these contexts. Preferred candidates would have a high degree of Hawaiian language proficiency and some experience in any of these areas: creative or persuasive writing, graphic design, digital illustration, videography, website development, social media promotion, coding, or curriculum development.

Option #9: Hawaiʻi Arts Alliance
Mentor: Terri Skillman & Aaron Sala

The internship with the Hawaiʻi Arts Alliance [HAA] will work on a combination of one or more of the following projects. As the organization begins a new phase, we have the following internship opportunities that will help the organization and give students hands-on experience in an Arts organization.

  1. Artists Database ~ As the state advocacy organization for Americans for the Arts, the Alliance is responsible for advocating for the Arts in the community, with our National and State Legislators and representing Hawaiʻi in Washington, D.C. To better fulfill this mission, we need to build a state-wide inclusive artists database. The database will enable us to advocate for issues affecting artists, it will function as a referral resource, and better connect artists with training and grant possibilities. We define Artist and Arts in the broadest possible sense to include world musics and performance arts, fine and traditional arts, visual and auditory genres. The student intern will help build the questionnaire, the participation form, the database, and disseminate the publicity to publicize the initiative. The goal is to provide a service for artist and to support the cultural creativity in Hawaiʻi’s communities.
  2. Hawaiʻi Arts Alliance Website ~ the website needs to be redesigned to reflect the the Alliance’s next phase with new initiatives. The student will help design the overall concept, the plan the site map with specific pages for new initiatives, grants, resources, organizational reports, advocacy issues & news, membership, donations, annual fundraising, merchandise, etc. The student will help develop branding and link the website to social media apps.
  3. Biennial Hawaiʻi Arts Conference ~ on even years, HAA will organize a Biennial Hawaiʻi Arts Conference to highlight creative works and initiatives in the islands. The conference would begin Honolulu but rotate to Maui, Hawaiʻi, and Kauaʻi. The conference would provide venues for artists to collaborate, network, present, and discuss creative initiatives, and a space to sell artworks (visual and audio). The student intern will help us backward plan the event, develop publicity, and coordinate logistics for the event.
  4. Recycled Technology for the Arts ~ Non-profit Arts and education organizations are usually behind the curve with technology. This project would assist corporations and government offices with recycling technology that is five years old or less, gently used, and is still in good functioning order. The goal is to keep these machines out of the dump through a recycling project that connects arts & education nonprofits with hardware, such as laptops, desktops, cameras, sound equipment, monitors/TVs, that still have a life. The student intern will help develop an online exchange that the Arts Alliance coordinates. Arts and education nonprofits will need to register with HAA to ensure that donation letters can be issued to donors. The service is free for businesses, government offices and nonprofits.

Option #10: Commission on the Status of Women in Hawaiʻi
Mentor: Khara Jabola-Ing

The Hawaiʻi State Commission Status of Women was created by executive order in 1964 to coordinate research, planning, programming, and action on the opportunities, needs, problems, and contributions of women in Hawaiʻi.In 1970, the Commission was codified into state law and legislatively instructed to correct the unequal status of women in Hawaiʻi.

The intern will play a lead role in the development of a report on missing and murdered Native Hawaiian women and girls in Honolulu County. The intern will responsible for data collection under the guidance of the Scientific Research Director of the Urban Indian Health Institute and Executive Director of the Commission. Research will be modeled after the multi-pronged methodology of UIHI’s 2018 report Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which assessed the number and dynamics of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaskan Native women and girls across the United States. The intern will be trained to collect data from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to law enforcement agencies, state and national missing persons databases, searches of local and regional news media online archives, public social media posts, and direct contact with family and community members who volunteer information on missing or murdered loved ones. This internship is a unique opportunity to learn alongside national experts in Native research, institutional racism, and violence against women.

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