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Four Purposes Of HIPHI Internships: Learning, Practice, Network, And Talent.

Building Capacity, Creating Impact: Mahalo to HIPHI’s 2023 Interns and Volunteers!

Over the past three years, HIPHI has welcomed 110 interns and volunteers to work with our staff and coalition partners on various projects. Interns are learners – they collaboratively create a learning plan with our team to apply the knowledge and skills they learned at their university. Volunteers share their talent and help us build capacity, especially in areas where HIPHI staff and coalitions need help growing.

2023 Interns and Volunteers

This year, HIPHI received 71 total applications, of which we welcomed 25 interns and two volunteers to work on various projects under the supervision of HIPHI staff members. They worked on projects such as writing articles for our newsletters, creating educational materials, monitoring food distribution programs, participating in local events to promote our projects, and developing reports, to name a few.  

Future Leaders Program, Western Region Public Health Training Center

Our Farm to School Hui intern, Sydney Shibuya, received the Future Leaders program stipend award from the Western Region Public Health Training Center (WRPHTC). She is one of two HIPHI interns to receive this stipend award, and both awardees were Farm to School Hui interns. Sydney helped HIPHI staff keep track of the Kaukau 4 Keiki Summer Food Distribution Program (link to her poster). Students who are interested in WRPHTC’s stipend program should visit their website. Eligible students must be enrolled in a Western Region school (HI, CA, AZ, NV, and Pacific Islands).

Application Process

We are accepting applications for Spring 2024 (January/February 2024 start). January is an exciting time for HIPHI staff and partners as the Hawaii Legislature opens and policy/advocacy activities go full swing. Although we welcome interns throughout the year, we encourage students to apply as soon as possible to join our team for Opening Day on January 17, 2024.

Please complete our application form. Contact Rie Kuhaulua ( for questions.

Application Form

Internship positions open as staff can mentor interns, for example, having enough time to mentor interns and having projects for interns to complete. We match applicants with our team based on their interest areas and the types of knowledge and skills the candidate wants to learn.

For more information, visit our website or application form.

Gratitude to 2023 Interns and Volunteers

Hawai‘i Public Health Institute’s staff would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our 2023 interns and volunteers!

HIPHI Volunteers

Amy Hebenstreit RN, MBA, Volunteer Writer
Nalani Dela Cruz, Volunteer

HIPHI Policy & Advocacy Interns

Annalisa King, Stanford University
Sasha Asselbaye, Vanderbilt University

Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i (CTFH) Youth Council Interns

Chani Chung,  Punahou School
Christine Nguyen, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Donald Agbigay, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
Dorian Aoki, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Sydnee Yokota, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
Zoe Slentz, Punahou School

Drug-Free Coalitions Interns

Lokella K. H. Medeiros, (East Hawai‘i) University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
Maeflor Rambayon, (Maui County) University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Marisa Flores, (East Hawai‘i) University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

Hawai‘i Oral Health Coalition (HOHC) Interns

Mercedes Bazzone, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Raven Parado, AT Still University

Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui Interns

Camryn Guzman, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Jaden Lato, Chaminade University
Jali Jones, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Jill Morimoto, Santa Clara University
Kaimele Kop, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Sydney Shibuya, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Maui Nui Food Alliance (MNFA) Interns

Aubrey Santiago, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Clyds Manzano, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Janne Melody Julian, (MNFA & Kūpuna Collective), Chaminade University

Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) Interns

Jin Mo O, University of California at Berkeley

Safe, Accessible, and Inclusive Mobility (SAIM) Interns

Whitney Watts, Stanford University

COVID-19 Response Interns

Katrina Tolentino, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Hawai‘i Community Health Workers Association Interns

Kaylynn Aldofo, Kapi‘olani Community College
Lyrica Morante Rodrigues, Kapi‘olani Community College

Rie Kuhaulua, PsyD, MPH

Rie Kuhaulua, PsyD, MPH

Public Health Workforce Development Program Manager
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