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Kāpili ‘Oihana

Program description

The Kāpili ‘Oihana is a year-round internship program that offers internships statewide. Kāpili ‘Oihana 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.

Kāpili ‘Oihana 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

  • Be a resident of the State of Hawai’i
  • 18 years old at the time of application and accepted or enrolled at a college or university
  • A commitment to a minimum of 60 hours within an internship term
  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA (Consideration is given to students attending post-secondary institutions not utilizing a GPA grading system.)
  • Not related to any employee including a supervisor, director, officer, or executive at a participating site.

Application process

Calendar of important dates

Fall 2021:

  • Application window: August 2, 2021-August 27, 2021
  • Session begins: October 1, 2021

Spring 2022:

  • Application window: October 1, 2021-November 12, 2021
  • Session begins: January 24, 2021

Summer 2022

  • Site Recruitment: Now till February 18, 2022
  • Student Recruitment: February 1, 2022 – March 11, 2022
  • Program Dates: May 23, 2022 – August 12, 2022

Extended opportunity:

  • Application window: Open year-round


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