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

To apply for an internship, please complete the following and email your application package to

Please note that all internships are based in Honolulu.

2018 Summer Research Interns:

Ms. Kirara Tsutsui (2018) is a junior at Pomona College double majoring in Economics and Environmental Analysis. Originally from Japan, she joined Pacific Forum as a Summer Research Intern in 2018 with an interest in US-Japan relations and energy security. At her time in Pacific Forum, she aided the fellows through translating official Japanese documents and conducting logistical work for the office. Kirara’s independent research during her internship ultimately manifested itself as an op-ed “Liberal Gender Equality Bill Passed in Conservative Japan” on The Diplomat.

Ms. Nina Zhou (2018) is a Beijing-born Canadian who calls China, Canada, and the United States home. She is a senior at Pomona College majoring in International Relations and minoring in Asian Studies. During her junior year, Nina studied abroad at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. At Pomona, she has been a teaching assistant, residential sponsor, vice president of the Chinese Student Association, and is currently a liaison for the International Relations program and an international student mentor. Nina has interned for foreign policy think tanks, NGOs, and education institutions. She is currently exploring a post-graduate career in education, with particular interest in equal access, global citizenship, and cross-cultural pedagogy. As part of her fellowship with Pacific Forum, Nina published an opinion piece on East Asia Forum on China’s soft power strategy, titled “Can China Win the World’s Hearts by Showing It’s a Good Sport?” She will incorporate this research into her senior thesis on the perceived political efficacy of the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Olympic Games.