Pacific Forum offers full- and part-time non-paid internships for students and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience at an international think tank. Applicants can apply for either the Research Internship or Program Internship.

We are currently seeking interns for Spring 2020 semester (January-May 2020) and/or Fall 2020 semester (September-December 2020) only.

Research Internship:

Pacific Forum is accepting applications for a full-time or part-time research intern who will conduct research on political, security, and strategic developments in the Indo-Pacific region under the direction of our senior staff. The Pacific Forum research intern will gain practical, industry-related experience by:

  • Gathering and analyzing information from a variety of sources including news and media outlets, policy documents, and academic research
  • Summarizing and organizing information
  • Editing and formatting reports and publications

Attributes of a successful research intern candidate include:

  • Excellent research, writing, editing and proofreading skills with strong ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking ability
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Knowledge and interest of the Indo-Pacific region and international relations

Program Internship:

Pacific Forum is currently accepting applications for a full-time or part-time program intern who will support our organization’s operations. Program interns can gain hands-on experience in the areas of:

  • Non-profit fundraising
  • Program development
  • Event planning and execution
  • Social media strategy and website management
  • Email marketing
  • Travel coordination

Attributes of a successful candidate include:

  • Excellent writing skills with strong editing ability
  • Self-starter who can complete tasks independently
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking ability
  • Strong sense of professionalism

Generally, we accept interns based on the following criteria:

  • Current Pacific Forum needs—for example, if we anticipate undertaking a large project that will require intern assistance.
  • Match of interests—we are looking for interns who have interests relevant to Pacific Forum and our research and projects.
  • Benefit to the intern—we accept interns whose academic or professional careers we believe will benefit most from the opportunity to intern at Pacific Forum.
  • Good fit for the organization—we are looking for motivated self-starters who have the ability to work both independently and on a team.

To apply for an internship, please complete the online form and upload the following supplemental materials:

  • Cover letter explaining career goals and research interests
  • Resume or CV
  • Writing sample

Please note that all internships are based in Honolulu.

Current Interns:

Bree Mims is Geospatial Intelligence Analyst in the United States Air Force focusing on geopolitical issues in the Indo-Pacific and counter-WMD proliferation. She is also currently pursuing a M.S. in International Relations concentrating in International Economics at Northeastern University. She holds a B.S. in International Development from Cornell University. She has formerly held research positions with the NASA DEVELOP Program at the NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia conducting remote sensing research monitoring the trajectory of rainforest cover in El Salvador and creating a precipitation climatology for underserved schools in the Middle East. She has held research internship positions with the Department of State conducting open-source research and analysis on piracy in East Africa, Communication and Information analysis of megacities and dense urban environments in Africa, Europe and Asia, and developing geospatial datasets in support of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research’s humanitarian efforts to respond to crises abroad. She is currently writing her Master’s thesis on mobile cybersecurity in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.