search logo

Kāpili ‘Oihana Internship Program

Program description

The Kāpili ‘Oihana Internship Program (KOIP) is a year-round internship program that offers internships statewide. KOIP seeks to provide Native Hawaiian students with the opportunity to engage with professionals within their fields of interest with internship positions available in a varied selection of career fields.

KOIP is designed to cultivate and maintain relationships with host sites that are committed to providing college students with enriched career experiences and professional networking opportunities for career success.

Eligibility Requirements for Kāpili ‘Oihana Internship Program (KOIP)

  • Be a resident of the State of Hawai‘i
  • 18 years old by March 1, 2021, or enrolled as a college or university student
  • A commitment of 60 hours within internship term
  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA

Application process


Calendar of important dates

Summer 2021

  • Site recruitment: November 1, 2020 – January 29, 2021
  • Student recruitment: March 1, 2021 - March 31. 2021
  • Program dates: June 1, 2021 - August 20, 2021

Fall 2021: TBD

Spring 2022: TBD


Why should I do an internship?

Internships allow you to gain a competitive edge on tomorrow’s workforce, apply academic learning to real-world settings, develop new skills & competencies, learn from & network with professionals in your chosen field, and will increase your hiring potential upon graduation.

What kinds of internships are available?

Internships are available in a wide variety of fields from both private, government, and not-for-profit sectors statewide. Please contact us if you are interested in participating.

Do you offer paid internships?

We have participating internship sites that offer both paid and unpaid internships. Internship stipends may be available based on eligibility requirements, refer to the Stipend page in the program handbook for more information or visit KS Outreach Support Services.

Can I get credit for my internship?

We currently do not have any agreements with any colleges or universities. If you are interested in earning credit for your internship, notify your site as early as possible that you are seeking credit for your internship. Please work directly with your school and internship site to create an internship experience that meets your school’s internship credit requirement(s).

For all questions regarding the stipend, please visit KS Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, call (808) 534-8080 or 1-800-842-IMUA, press 2 (Neighbor Island/Continental U.S.), or email:

Kawaiaha‘o Plaza

567 South King St
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 523-6200

KS Hawai‘i

16-716 Volcano Rd
Kea‘au, HI 96749
(808) 982-0000

KS Kapālama

1887 Makuakāne St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 842-8211

KS Maui

275 ‘A‘apueo Pkwy
Pukalani, HI 96768
(808) 572-3100