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Internships

Pacific Forum offers full- and part-time non-paid internships for students and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience at an international think tank. Applicants can apply for either the Research Internship or Program Internship.

Spring semester recruitment is closed. We will open up applications for the summer at a later date. Currently all internships are virtual (conducted in a remote capacity).

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.

Research interns spend approximately 50% of their time working on a self-directed research project culminating as a research paper of publishable quality. In addition to completing their own research project, 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 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)
    • While we don’t have a specific structure for proposals, they should follow a standard format.  There are numerous guides online that explain what the elements of a proposal are, but a literature review, guiding research questions, a research methodology (explaining the methods and approach that you will take in order to answer your guiding questions) and most importantly a succinct thesis statement are key components that we look for when reviewing applications.  The University of Westminster’s guide offers a good starting point for the general structure for writing a proposal.

Please note that until further notice, all internships are currently virtual.

Contact programs@pacforum.org if you need any further information.

 

Current Interns:


Tom Connolly is a current MA student at King’s College London based in Melbourne, Australia. He has a long-standing interest in security and terrorism and the importance of multilateral institutions. He graduated his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne in 2017, with a double major of history and politics. Tom later received a bursary to undertake a summer intensive at Rothberg International School, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, which examined the evolution and ideological discourse of contemporary Islamist movements. Following this, Tom undertook language study in Cairo and currently sits as a Risk Analyst at Australian-based Foreign Brief. 


Hanmin Kim received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with the Middle East studies minor at Northwestern University in Qatar. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Communication at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His current work focuses on how news media outlets impact public diplomacy. He interned at the media outlets Al Jazeera English and Voice of America where he mostly produced social media content.


Vivian Li received a B.A. in Chinese with a minor in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM). She is currently a Master’s degree candidate in Asian International Affairs at UHM, working to expand her knowledge outside of China into the broader region of Asia. She is interested in topics that affect people and issues that transcends national borders like health, energy, the environment and more.


Lily Schlieman is pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Ocean Policy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She received her B.A. in International Studies and Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN in 2020. Her current research examines potential maritime security implications of China’s resource diplomacy in the Pacific Islands. Her interests include ocean governance, maritime security, international development, post-conflict reconstruction, and China in the Pacific.


Ben Tracy received a B.A in International Studies and Chinese Studies from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is currently working as an assistant language teacher with the Japan Exchange & Teaching Program. His interests are maritime security, the US-Japan Security Treaty, Chinese foreign policy as well as Chinese and Japanese domestic politics. He has interned with former US Senator Bob Corker and with Sidera, a consulting firm in São Paulo Brazil. He plans on pursuing a master’s degree in security studies.


Mikhaela Van Hoven is currently based in the Philippines and earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego. She is interested in Southeast Asia, US-SEA relations, US-China relations, South China Sea, maritime disputes, regional security, transnational alliances, nuclear nonproliferation, ASEAN, counterterrorism, and reconnaissance operations.