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Pacific Forum offers full- and part-time unpaid internships for students and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience at an international think tank.

Summer recruitment is open on a limited basis (see below). Internships can conducted be conducted in-person and in a remote capacity.

For Summer 2023, we are recruiting interns with experience or a strong desire to acquire the following skills/research interests:


  • Copyediting
  • Paper formatting/layout (using InDesign)
  • East Asian languages (Japanese, etc.)
  • Database entry and management (using Salesforce)
  • Web design (using WordPress)
  • Promotional material design (using Canva and/or Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop)
  • Video editing (using WeVideo and/or Adobe Premiere)
  • Podcast editing
  • Social media content creation
  • Event management

Research interests

  • Cybersecurity/emerging technologies
  • Nonproliferation/strategic trade controls
  • Women, peace and security
  • Maritime security
  • Pacific Islands studies

Pacific Forum interns can choose to focus on either research or programs.

Research Internship:

Pacific Forum is accepting applications for a full-time or part-time research intern who will conduct research on political, security, and strategic developments in the Indo-Pacific region under the direction of our senior staff. The Pacific Forum research intern will gain practical, industry-related experience by:

  • Gathering and analyzing information from a variety of sources including news and media outlets, policy documents, and academic research
  • Summarizing and organizing information
  • Editing and formatting reports and publications

Attributes of a successful research intern candidate include:

  • Excellent research, writing, editing and proofreading skills with a strong ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking ability
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Knowledge and interest of the Indo-Pacific region and international relations

Program Internship:

Pacific Forum is currently accepting applications for a full-time or part-time program intern who will support our organization’s operations. Program interns can gain hands-on experience in the areas of:

  • Non-profit fundraising
  • Program development
  • Event planning and execution
  • Social media strategy and website management
  • Email marketing
  • Travel coordination

Attributes of a successful candidate include:

  • Excellent writing skills with strong editing ability
  • Self-starter who can complete tasks independently
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking ability
  • Strong sense of professionalism

Generally, we accept interns based on the following criteria:

  • Current Pacific Forum needs—for example, if we anticipate undertaking a large project that will require intern assistance.
  • Match of interests—we are looking for interns who have interests relevant to Pacific Forum and our research and projects.
  • Benefit to the intern—we accept interns whose academic or professional careers we believe will benefit most from the opportunity to intern at Pacific Forum.
  • Good fit for the organization—we are looking for motivated self-starters who have the ability to work both independently and on a team.

To apply for an internship, please complete the online form and upload the following supplemental materials:

  • Cover letter explaining career goals and research interests
  • Resume or CV
  • Research Proposal (Research Interns only)

Contact [email protected] if you need any further information.


Current Interns:

Ginger Link is a sophomore at Dartmouth College where she is majoring in Government with a focus in comparative politics and minoring in Art History with a focus in architecture. She is interested in analyzing China’s expanding sphere of influence in Eastern/Central Europe, particularly since she has personal connections to this part of the world, specifically Hungary. Other broad areas of academic interest include societal polarization, the rise of illiberal democracy, and the impact these have on diplomatic relations between countries.


Kristian Rivera is a junior studying in Mindanao, the Republic of the Philippines. His major is Political Science, concentrating in International Relations. He has founded different organizations and worked as a community leader for 6 years. His research interests include the maritime security, global terrorism, great power rivalries in the Indo-Pacific, and the operations of global terrorist networks. Kristian aspires to work in intelligence.


Cameron M. Whiteside is a MA student in Political Science at San Francisco State University and graduated from UC Berkeley in 2021 with a BA in Political Science and a Minor in Global Studies. His academic focus is on authoritarianism, Cold War politics, the US’ Hegemony in East Asia and the contemporary relationship between US allies, North Korea and China. He aims to explore the future of US Hegemony an alliance building in East Asia, China’s challenge towards this, and North Korean nuclear provocations.