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Internships

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.

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

For Fall 2022, we are recruiting interns with experience or a strong desire to acquire the following skills/research interests:

Skills

  • 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
  • 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.

HOW TO APPLY
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)

Please note that until further notice, all internships will be conducted virtually. Interns must be available to virtually attend weekly Interns Meetings (and for Research Interns, Fellows Meetings).

Contact programs@pacforum.org 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 processes have on diplomatic relations between countries.

 

Mana Teva from Tahiti (French Polynesia), is a Student of a Master in Geopolitics & Prospective at IRIS Sup Paris. He is interested in issues such as security and defense, food and energy, new technologies, new space. Mana is doing research on the contribution of Indo-Pacific strategies to the development of small island states. Mana would like to participate in the linking of the Polynesian economy to Asian growth.

 

Griffin Campion is a junior at Pomona College where he is majoring in international relations and has also studied Japanese and Spanish. His primary research focuses are the use of language, food, film, etc. as tools of public diplomacy, as well as the role of individuals in the diplomatic process. Other recent areas of interest include comparing democratic consolidations, security policy in East Asia, and the effectiveness of U.S. foreign aid.

 

Farah Ibrahim is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, where he received a B.A. in International Studies. His research areas include U.S. foreign policy and comparative studies on democratization. Other research interests include East Asian territorial disputes, the geopolitics of the South China Sea, and US engagement in the Indo-Pacific region. Originally from Nashville, TN, Farah currently resides in Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan.

 

Kaylin Kim is a rising junior at Pomona College studying politics and Asian studies. Interested in diplomacy and Korean peninsula affairs, Kaylin aspires to work for the Foreign Service. Her research focuses on US-ROK-Japan relations, feminism in South Korea, and the Dokdo/Takeshima territorial dispute. Currently, she is working for California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Los Angeles office. As a Los Angeles native, Kaylin enjoys spending time in the sun in her free time.

 

Claire Tiunn (Chang) is a politics and Russian & Eastern European studies double major at Pomona College. Her interest lies in Taiwanese politics and identity, Belarus-Taiwan comparative studies, Post-Soviet nation building, and Russia’s “Pivot to the East” initiative. She is the editor-in-chief of Pomona’s Russian magazine. She has also previously worked at the Taiwan NextGen Foundation. Claire was born and raised in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

 

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.

 

Brandt Kekoa Mabuni is a graduate student in Asian International Affairs at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. His research interests center on the flows of capital, energy, and infrastructure investment between the US, China, and ASEAN. As a Hawai’i local and energy security advocate, he hopes to play a part in the rising role that archipelagic nations and states will play in upholding a secure and prosperous Pacific.

 

Monica Orillo is a graduate student at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and student affiliate of the East-West Center. Her concentration is in Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines. Her academic interests include Asia-Pacific, US, and EU relations. Monica is a current Pickering Fellow and will enter the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer after graduating with an MA in Asian Studies.