HIPHI offers internship and volunteer opportunities to current students, recent graduates, professionals seeking to change careers, retirees, and anyone interested in learning more about public health.

Interns and volunteers occupy different roles on the HIPHI team:

  • Interns learn and apply public health knowledge and skills.
  • Volunteers share their knowledge and skills to support HIPHI’s programs.

Compared to previous years, HIPHI received 10 times more applications and hosted eight times more interns and volunteers in 2020 and 2021 (see image).

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted issues like having access to healthy and affordable, locally sourced foods. The most popular programs among applicants and interns/volunteers in 2020 and 2021 were Food Systems and Resiliency, Food Access, and school-based food systems (Farm to School).

Preventing and reducing nicotine, drug, and alcohol use, especially among youth, is critical during the pandemic. Nicotine use can be a risk factor for severe illness among COVID-19 patients. Stress can be a factor in substance misuse. We encourage more students to consider internship projects around these issues.

Apply to become an intern or volunteer at HIPHI

Interns and volunteers worked on various projects in 2021, including:

  • Using social media and educational presentations to increase awareness and engagement on various issues such as COVID-19, healthy lifestyles, tobacco prevention/cessation, and food security.
  • Researching health policies and creating content to advocate for legislation to curb sugary beverages or reduce tobacco/vape use among youth in Hawai‘i.
  • Supporting coalitions by creating case studies or collecting information that can be used in their decision-making processes.
  • Designing and conducting community needs assessments and program evaluation projects to inform HIPHI and coalitions about programs and policy development.

Internship and Volunteering During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic shifted how we work and interact. All interns and volunteers work remotely from home. HIPHI provides remote work tools: online office suite (documents, spreadsheets, and presentation tools), cloud storage, video conferencing, messaging app, and other web-based services. We are not holding in-person meetings at this time.


All internship and volunteer positions at HIPHI are unpaid. Western Region Public Health Training Center at the University of Arizona offers a limited number of stipends to students enrolled in HI, CA, NV, AZ, and USAPI universities.

Summer and Fall 2021 Interns and Volunteers

HIPHI staff express our heartfelt gratitude to our Summer 2021 interns!

  • Sicily Stull – UH Mānoa, Policy Intern
  • Nargis Dzhuraeva – Ohio State University, Food Systems & Resiliency Intern
  • Dylan Pilger – UH Mānoa, Hawai‘i Farm to School Intern
  • Alexis Anderson – University of Utah, Hawai‘i Farm to School Intern

HIPHI staff send our warm welcome to our Fall 2021 interns and volunteers!

  • Maria Hiel – UH Mānoa, HEAL – Hawai‘i Island Intern
  • Kelii Nixon – UH Mānoa, Food Systems & Resiliency Intern
  • Kristin Riddle – Morehead State University, Hawai‘i Farm to School Intern
  • Sara Cheng – UH Mānoa, Maui Food Access Intern
  • Shazlyn-Keani Canada Chong – UH Mānoa, HEAL Maui Intern
  • Celia Chang – University of Washington, Hawaiʻi Youth Council Volunteer
  • Jessica Germany – UH Mānoa Richardson School of Law, Policy Intern
  • Mateo Estuar – UH Mānoa, Maui Food Access Volunteer
  • Trinna Tran – UH Mānoa, Oral Health Intern
  • Noemi Orozco – UH Mānoa, Oral Health Intern
  • Algreg Bumanglag – UH West O‘ahu, Food Systems & Resiliency Intern
  • Natalie Firth – UH West O‘ahu, Farm to School Intern
  • Sydney Shibuya – Chaminade University, Farm to School/Hawai‘i Food Youth Council Intern

Middle and High School Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

Middle and high school students: check here to learn more about the program and how to join.

For more information about middle and high school internship opportunities that are ongoing, see Fall 2020 Internships and Volunteer Opportunities at HIPHI.

We also accept applications for high school students completing their senior projects at HIPHI. Students can contact the three youth-focused programs listed above OR fill out our application form.