Overview of Internships

Federal Internship:

 » U.S. Congress

State Internships:

 » Governor's Office

 » Lieutenant Governor's Office

 » Hawai'i State Legislature

 » Hawai'i Judicial Internship

 Internship Applications


Application Deadlines
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Fall Internships:
March 15

Spring Internships:
October 15


Hawai'i State Legislature Internship Program (Spring Semester only)

Hawaii State Legislature Internship Program (Spring Semester only)

The Hawai'i State Legislature Internship Program provides dynamic, capable, and ambitious UH-Mānoa students with a rare opportunity to work with legislators in both the House of Representative and the Senate. Interns will be involved in an experiential learning process which provides insight into elective politics, and the opportunity to observe first-hand the dynamics of legislative decision-making. Interns will work an average of 40 hours per week while earning 12 academic credits to maintain full time status.

What the internship program offers:

  • Funding to cover cost of attendance for the semester of the internship (based on resident tuition). A scholarship will be added to the student’s overall financial aid package.
  • An engaging learning opportunity that bridges classroom academics and the professional world.
  • Professional development including the building of communication and teamwork skills, and the establishment of local networks and contacts.

Applicant Qualifications:

To be eligible, students must be at the following levels by the starting date of the internship program.

  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Standing: Junior or Senior
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Enrollment Status: Full-Time
  • Excellent writing, communication, and people skills
  • Prodigious work ethic and impeccable reliability
  • Office computer experience (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
  • Basic research capabilities
  • Well organized with an eye for detail
  • Professional demeanor
  • Desire to learn
  • Interest in public service

Mānoa Political Internships are proudly sponsored, promoted and staffed by the College of Social Sciences and the Department of Political Science (UH-Mānoa)