Internships

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.

Research Internship:

Pacific Forum is accepting applications for a three to six-month research internship in our office where interns will conduct research under the direction of our senior staff. The selected 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

Program Internship:

Pacific Forum is accepting applications for a three to six-month program internship in our office where interns will support our organization’s operations. Selected 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

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.

Applicants are encouraged to apply between one and three months in advance of their desired start date.

Attributes of a successful candidate include:

  • Be an excellent writer with strong editing ability
  • Take initiative to complete tasks independently
  • Have strong analytical and critical thinking ability
  • Demonstrate a sense of professionalism

HOW TO APPLY
To apply for an internship, please complete the online form or email your application package with the materials below to programs@pacforum.org.

Please note that all internships are based in Honolulu.

2019 Summer Research Interns:

Daphne Yang is a rising senior at Pomona College majoring in International Relations and minoring in Economics. Last year, Daphne studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea for six months on the U.S. government-funded David L. Boren Scholarship. At Pomona, she is serving as a teaching assistant, a peer advisor at the Career Development Center, and a research assistant exploring East Asia reconciliation. She joined Pacific Forum as a 2019 Summer Research Intern with an interest in South Korea’s regional policy and security issues. She hopes to incorporate the research she completes at Pacific Forum into her senior thesis on the relationship between South Korea’s national identity and foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific.


Alec Lei is a rising junior at Pomona College majoring in Economics and Mathematics. At Pomona, Alec worked as a teaching assistant and writing partner for the Pomona College Economics department and he helps manage Pomona's alumni mentorship services program. He joined Pacific Forum in 2019 as a research intern with an interest in ASEAN's economic integration efforts and trade policies.