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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.

We are currently seeking interns for Fall 2020 semester (September-December 2020) only.

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 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

Please note that all internships are based in Honolulu.

Current Interns:


Jennifer Howe joined Pacific Forum upon graduating from Durham University in the UK with an MA in Politics & International Relations. During her Master’s she focused on democracy, human rights and transitional justice within the Asia-Pacific. She is currently applying for a Ph.D. for which she wishes to assess truth commissions as a tool for countering violent extremism and peacebuilding in Southeast Asia. She has worked on behalf of Durham University for a number of charities across the Asia-Pacific in order to build ties between students and the region.


Sally Lin is currently at Pacific Forum as their Graphic Design Intern. Graduating Spring 2019, she will be receiving an Associate’s degree in Communication Arts from the University of Hawaii: Honolulu Community College. She plans to continue her education and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her interests include travel and learning about different cultures and languages.


Xintao Lu is an Asian Studies master’s student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he focuses on issues concerning international security and political theory within the Asia Pacific region, specializing in Chinese foreign policies and security studies. He is currently working on his master’s defense on the applications and geopolitical significance of Modern Confucianism in contemporary China. Xintao is also a research intern at the Pacific Forum.