We are currently accepting Fall 2020 internship applications for university students and high school students (read below). Volunteer opportunities are open year-round. Please read the instructions on how to apply, and email contact@hiphi.org with any questions. Make sure you type “Internship” or “Volunteering” in the subject line so we can respond in a timely manner.

Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) is committed to training and mentoring future public health professionals. The internship goals for each level is different:

  • High School Students: The goal is to foster students’ interest in the public health or health fields. Students will learn about public health issues and gain basic public health skills. We hope to nurture an interest in studying public health at university. This is an opportunity for students to take leadership roles and be active in advocating for health issues that impact our youth’s health and well-being.
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students: The goal is to gain entry level experience and immersion in the public health field through experiential learning. Students will apply the knowledge and skills learned at university and HIPHI to complete a project. We hope to mentor students as they begin to enter into public health and related fields.
  • Recently Graduated (all levels): The goal is to provide supplemental experience, training, and mentor individuals to transition into the next stage, whether it be attending school or entering into the public health workforce.

 Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

 Grade Level

High school students or recently graduated from high school are encouraged to apply (see above). Middle and high school students and teachers interested in learning about public health are encouraged to contact HIPHI at contact@hiphi.org to determine what opportunities are available. 

Internship/Volunteer Commitment

A one-year commitment is preferable as students will get a full range of training, experiences, and mentorship. Many students volunteer and intern multiple years, and take leadership roles. For example, students who commit multiple years or want to develop their leadership skills may mentor and train new students.


Students will learn about specific public health issues that impact Hawaiʻi’s youth such as tobacco and drug prevention and control or obesity prevention and healthy eating. Students may train in policy and advocacy, health education (teaching people about a particular issue), and other skills. To learn about a specific program, please contact the program coordinators below.


Please contact the coordinator for each program to learn more about internship and volunteer opportunities.

Statewide Youth Council 

  • Website.
  • Location: Statewide – Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Lānaʻi, Molokai, Maui, Hawaiʻi Islands
  • Public Health Issue: Youth Tobacco Prevention & Control, Policy & Advocacy
  • Contact: Scott Stensrud, Statewide Youth Coordinator, scott@hiphi.org.

Maui Nui Youth Council

  • Website.
  • Location: Maui County (Maui, Molokai, Lānaʻi).
  • Public Health Issues: Youth Drug Prevention & Control, Youth Tobacco Prevention & Control, Health Eating + Active Living.
  • Contact: Ashlee Klemperer, Maui Coalition for Drug Free Youth, Coalition Coordinator, ashlee@hiphi.org, or Katie Folio, Coalition for Tobacco Free Hawaiʻi (CTFH), Maui CTFH Coordinator, katie@hiphi.org.

Youth Food Council

  • Website.
  • Location: Statewide – Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Lānaʻi, Molokai, Maui, Hawaiʻi Islands.
  • Public Health Issue: Food Access (having access to healthy food options) and Food Systems (interconnected system of food production, transportation, and sales of food products), Obesity Prevention, Policy & Advocacy. Note: Youth Food Council will accept inquiries about internship opportunities for 2021 only.
  • Contact: Lydi Bernal, Farm to School Hui, Coordinator, lydi@hiphi.org.

Undergraduate, Graduate, and Recently Graduated Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

Over the years, HIPHI has welcomed interns and volunteers. You can read stories from some of our recent interns and volunteers here:

HIPHI Internship

Intern Profile: Alexis Cortez HIPHI’s Advocacy Intern

HIPHI’s Volunteers.

To learn more about our internship and volunteer program, click here.

Open Positions

From time-to-time, HIPHI posts internship and volunteer positions for undergraduate, graduate, and individuals who recently graduated. We will let students know once we receive an application from students.

Please fill out our application form.

Internship/Volunteer Matching System

We match students with projects or coalitions based on the interests and skills (public health competencies) they want to develop/practice at HIPHI.

Please fill out our application form.

WRPHTC Listings

We currently have one position listed on the Western Region Public Health Training Center’s (WRPHTC) website. Please read the internship listing and email your resume and cover letter to email roella@hiphi.org

Research Proposal

Students may also submit a draft proposal (outline or summary) of their research. We will connect students to HIPHI staff with expertise in the area of research. We may also connect students to our partners with expertise in the research area. Email contact@hiphi.org for more information. 

If you are unsure who to contact, please fill out our application form.

Important Dates

Summer 2020

Application for Summer 2020 is closed for undergraduate and graduate level internships. Middle and high school students should contact the coordinators listed above.

Fall 2020 

Application for Fall 2020 internship is open from June 1 to July 31, 2020. Internship term starts around August 31, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we may extend our social distancing policy at the HIPHI Honolulu and Maui offices through the Fall semester. HIPHI’s social distancing policy states that only a limited number of staff may work at the office. Students must expect to work remotely during the entire term until further notice.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are open year-round. Please select Volunteer on the Application Form http://forms.gle/grv2jnToFLJ2UDqc6