Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) offers internship and volunteer positions to a variety of students and professionals:

  • Current students – high school juniors and seniors; bachelor’s and master’s students
  • Recently graduated from high school and university 
  • Majors – public health, nutrition, nursing, public administration, and other related fields; communications
  • Professionals and retirees

Our priority is to mentor students so that Hawai‘i has a robust public health workforce; HIPHI does not offer stipends to interns and volunteers.

Interns will learn more about public health issues, network with professionals, and learn/practice public health skills. University-level interns will develop a learning plan with our staff, including learning objectives, action plan, due dates, and final deliverables. 

Volunteers have an opportunity to share their skills and talent, network, and learn more about public health practice. Volunteers will develop an action plan with our team, including project goals, activities, and deliverables. 

Regular supervision sessions, learning plans (interns), and action plans (volunteers) are designed to ensure that everyone reaches their educational, professional, and personal goals. High school interns and volunteers will follow a different format based on the program they join.

Public Health Internship @HIPHI

Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. We welcome students who want to complete their practicum and senior projects. We also welcome recent graduates who wish to gain more experience in the public health field. Availability of internship positions depends on multiple factors – whether our staff has time to mentor students and whether there are projects for student trainees. Places are limited, so we encourage students to apply at least 3-month before the semester starts (e.g., mid-February for Summer, mid-May for Fall, and early-October for Spring semester). We will try to match students with our staff member based on interests and skill sets students want to learn. Read our brochure to learn more about our internship program.

High School students should directly contact staff. High school students typically intern or volunteer for one year, and some participate for multiple years. Students will learn about health issues that are important to our youth and what we can do to make changes. Students also learn essential skills, such as leadership, communication, community engagement, and advocacy. Read our brochure to learn more about internship and volunteer opportunities for high school students and how to sign up.

If you have any questions, contact us at contact@hiphi.org

Communications Internships

HIPHI welcomes communications majors to apply. Communications interns will learn about health education and community engagement including social media. We may ask to see your portfolio, including webpages, designs, publications, and other materials.

Volunteering @HIPHI

Volunteer applications are accepted throughout the year. We are currently seeking professionals and students who could share their creative skills, such as photography and video editing. HIPHI does not provide stipends to volunteers.

COVID-19 Considerations: During the COVID-19 pandemic, all interns, volunteers, and HIPHI staff must work from home. HIPHI is equipped with remote work tools, such as Google Suites, messaging apps, and video conference apps. Students will not attend in-person meetings or do site visits until further notice. 

If you have any questions about how our COVID-19 policies may affect your learning experience, please contact us: contact@hiphi.org

Spring 2021 Cohort

We welcome the Spring 2021 Cohort! HIPHI staff are thrilled to be able to work with the Spring 2021 Cohort!

  • Asia Brousseau – Hawai‘i Pacific University (Public Health), Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui Intern
  • Chloe Mcreery – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Policy and Advocacy Volunteer
  • Christopher Alverado – Hawai‘i Pacific University (Public Health), Food System & Resiliency Volunteer
  • Emily Dungate – University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (Nutrition), Policy and Advocacy Intern
  • Jade Makua – University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (Nutrition),  Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui Intern
  • Jeremiah Ulu – Hawai‘i Pacific University (Public Health), Food System & Resiliency Intern
  • Kaimalie Stensgaard – University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (Nutrition),  Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui Intern
  • Kawailani Arasato – University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (Nutrition),  Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui Intern
  • Kayla Shamaly – East Carolina University (Public Health), Healthy Eating + Active Living Maui Intern
  • Lianne Aukai – University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (Nutrition),  Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui Intern
  • Rashelly Estrella Bastista – Hawai‘i Pacific University (Public Health), Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui Intern
  • Starlyne Estrada – University of Hawai‘i – Hilo (Nursing), Healthy Eating + Active Living Big Island Intern
  • Teah Forsythe – University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (Nutrition),  Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui Intern
  • Theresa Ng – University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (Public Health), Hawai‘i Youth Council Intern
  • Tyler Matsukawa – University of Hawai‘i – Hilo (Nursing), Healthy Eating + Active Living Big Island Intern