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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.

Fall semester recruitment is open on a limited basis (see below). Currently, all internships are virtual (conducted in a remote capacity).

For Fall 2021, we are recruiting interns with experience or a strong desire to acquire the following skills/research interests:


  • Web design (using WordPress)
  • Paper editing/formatting/layout (using InDesign)
  • Database management (using Salesforce)
  • Promotional material design (using Canva)
  • East Asian languages (Japanese, etc.)
  • Video editing (using WeVideo and/or Adobe Premiere)
  • Podcasting

Research interests

  • Cybersecurity/emerging technologies
  • Nonproliferation/strategic trade controls

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)

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 if you need any further information.


Current Interns:


Hannah Cole is currently pursuing a Master’s of Korean Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. A self-proclaimed Army Brat, Hannah has traveled the world her whole life. Most recently, she completed a Boren Fellowship to Seoul, South Korea where she achieved fluency in Korean. In 2019, Hannah graduated with a dual BA in International Conflict Analysis & Resolution and Asian Studies from George Mason University. In addition to the US-ROK alliance, Hannah’s research interests include modern South Korean history and security strategy. Hannah has held internships with the Department of State, Brookings Institution, and George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. She hopes to become a diplomat upon the completion of her MA degree. 

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.

Owen Ou is currently a MA student in Asian International Affairs at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His academic interests include US-China relations, Cross-Strait relations, Pacific Island studies, and Chinese history. In addition to his multiple visits to China and Hong Kong, Owen attended National Taiwan University for his semester abroad program. His goal is to facilitate a less hostile relationship and decrease the chances of conflict between the US and the PRC through effective diplomatic mechanisms. Ultimately, he will use his Chinese language skills and knowledge to promote US interests and forge a productive, symbiotic relationship with China.

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.