Choose An Education That Prepares You For The Real WorldCareer preparation and development are an integral part of Hawai‘i Pacific University’s undergraduate education.Our professors have both outstanding academic and business credentials so the learning experience is enlivened with real world examples. Our professors are successful entrepreneurs; top-level executives at Fortune 500 companies; business managers and analysts; authors, artists, and performers; and consultants to businesses and governments around the world.
Our academic programs are structured so that students not only learn knowledge, they apply it in relevant situations. From classroom projects to internships with local organizations, students gain valuable hands on experience in their respective fields. This experience both deepens their understanding and makes them more competitive for future positions. The university’s key location in downtown Honolulu enables students to conveniently interact with local businesses for internships and future employment opportunities.
HPU’s Career Services Center helps link students to organizations and provides an array of programs and services for career development. The University’s Career Services Center (CSC) offers the comprehensive cooperative education/internship program in which a student may enroll throughout his or her course of study. This program enables students to gain significant experience in a career-related position as well as earn academic credit and a salary. HPU students have done co-ops and internships at some of the world's best known companies and organizations, including American Express Financial Advisors; Deloitte & Touche, LLP; FBI; Hilton Hotels; Microsoft; Oceanic Institute; Polo Ralph Lauren; and Walt Disney World.
The CSC also offers Connect, a job search website exclusively for HPU students and alumni that posts internships and jobs from top employers. In a recent 6 month period, Connect had more than 1,000 positions posted; 90% of which were not posted anywhere else. The staff at the Career Services Center assists with everything from résumé writing to job interview preparation.