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HIPHI is Hiring: AmeriCorps VISTA, Internships, and Youth Council openings

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HIPHI provides training and experiential learning opportunities for people interested in the public health field. Let’s go through the different levels of knowledge and skills, and how HIPHI can help train our public health workforce.

Youth Council

Middle and high school level students can join one of our youth councils. Youth council members educate the public and help pass laws around issues that most affect the health and wellness of their generation:

Youth council members learn  how large scale change happens through public policy. Members go out and practice what they learn in their communities. The goal of the youth council is to create future leaders, who understand how public policies and advocacy can help change the health and wellbeing of Hawaii’s residents. Another goal is that students will choose health and public health fields as their major during their university years.

Internship Program

Our internship program is geared for our university level students who are completing their undergraduate or graduate degree, or recently graduated with their degree. We match interns with our staff based on the student’s learning goals. Internships last for a minimum of 100-hours. The goal of the internship program is to help students to gain experience in the public health field and to help mentor them as they transition to their career. We accept internship applications on a rolling basis and offer positions when we have projects to assign. 

HIPHI offers Fall internship opportunities (remote work accepted):

Contact Rie Kuhaulua, for more information or questions about internships.

Americorps VISTA

What happens after graduation? Job positions in the public health field usually require a minimum of 1 to 2 years of relevant experience for entry-level positions. Internship is not considered professional experience as it is a trainee position. Programs such as national service programs like AmeriCorps, abroad service programs like Peace Corps, and CDC’s Public Health Associate’s Program (PHAP) are some options for recent degree graduates to gain valuable professional experience.

HIPHI is an AmeriCorps VISTA intermediary site starting September 2022. AmeriCorps VISTA aims to  eradicate and alleviate poverty and improve health in Hawai‘i communities. Additionally, members will gain valuable work experience to join the public health workforce or pursue advanced degrees in public health or other related fields. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve for 1-full year on a full-time basis. To learn more about AmeriCorps and the AmeriCorps VISTA program, visit their website. HIPHI’s AmeriCorps VISTA opportunity listing will be available on both HIPHI and AmeriCorps website by late September. HIPHI’s VISTA site will host 14-VISTA members, who will be assigned to various public health organizations in Hawai‘i. We hope to announce more news about our VISTA projects and host sites in the following months. If you have any questions, contact Rie Kuhaulua ( 

HIPHI Job and Training Opportunities

HIPHI is hiring! To learn more about employment opportunities at HIPHI, please visit our employment page

Public health professionals seeking free webinars on issues that are important to our work and community, visit our Public Health Training Hui (PHTH) page

Rie Kuhaulua, PsyD, MPH

Rie Kuhaulua, PsyD, MPH

Public Health Workforce Development Program Manager
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