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Moloka‘i-raised Puakea Domingo KSK’16 interned at Easter Seals in Kapa‘a Kaua‘i as part of KS’ Kāpili ‘Oihana Internship Program. After graduating from Pacific Lutheran University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Easter Seals hired her as a full-time case coordinator.

Know a college student? Point them toward KS’ Kāpili ‘Oihana Internship Program

Mar. 12, 2021

Mana Up, the Hawai‘i International Film Festival, DTL Hawaiian Strategies Studio and W.M. Keck Observatory are just some of the organizations seeking college student interns this summer through the Kamehameha Schools Kāpili ‘Oihana Internship Program.

KS’ Career Pathways team is actively recruiting applicants, so if you know of any college haumāna looking for hands-on work experience, encourage them to apply today!

“We believe that as a KS ʻohana, we have the kuleana to share knowledge with future generations through internship opportunities,” said Career Pathways Unit Senior Project Manager Michel Arakaki. “Whether sharing the opportunity with others or providing real-world experiences to students through work-based learning, these contributions positively impact and support the learner, ʻohana and community.   

“For students, internships provide an opportunity to gain unique and valuable experiences that relate directly to their career interests. Student interns develop technical and employability skills that are valued by industries. By investing in internships, students give themselves the broadest spectrum of opportunity when seeking and applying for a job after college.”

Moloka‘i-raised Puakea Domingo KSK’16 interned at Easter Seals in Kapa‘a Kaua‘i as part of KS’ Kāpili ‘Oihana Internship Program. After graduating from Pacific Lutheran University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Easter Seals hired her as a full-time case coordinator.

“How fortunate I am to have landed a position, especially during COVID,” Domingo said. “I hear that it’s difficult for college graduates to get a job. I don’t think I realized how lucky I was because getting the job was so effortless.

“This was all due to the relationships I created with the staff at Easter Seals during my internship. I wasn’t thinking of a future with them when I started. I was just trying to experience everything, hoping that they liked me. Leaving the internship was bittersweet for everyone. ‘Maybe after you graduate you can come back,’ they said. I was in communication with them not too long after I left. With a degree you can get a higher position. The staff here made the experience so great and are helping me flourish.”

According to Arakaki, interns will be able to understand the challenges and opportunities that businesses are faced with and authentically contribute to solving and enhancing organizational outcomes.

“They become stronger ‘ōiwi leaders through exposure to real-world work environments and demonstrating the value and gifts they already possess,” she said.

The KS Kāpili ‘Oihana Internship Program

Kāpili ʻOihana is a year-round college internship program that offers on-site and virtual internships, both statewide and on the U.S. continent. Applications are currently being accepted for Summer 2021 internships.

Learn more about the program on the Kāpili ʻOihana web page. The internship application deadline is March 31, 2021. Internships will take place from June 1 through August 20, 2021.

Kamehameha Schools’ admissions policy is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.



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