History Department: Internships

uss_missouri_battleshipHawai‘i Pacific University has an established reputation as a career-oriented institution that provides students with opportunities to combine classroom study with career-related work experience.  The mission statement of the university reflects this commitment by emphasizing that our institution prepares our graduates to live, work, and learn as active members of a global society.

Services for Students at Career Services Center

As an HPU student, the Career Services Center is here to help you with a wide array of career-related services.  We encourage you to visit us early in your academic career and not wait until you are about to graduate to start your career development journey.  Please contact us at (808) 544-0230 or stop by our office to schedule an appointment for one-on-one personalized services.  We are open Monday - Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Internships provide opportunities for eligible students to earn academic credit for work experience related to their degree and major. Students must meet with a career counselor at the Career Services Center to register for the internship credit(s), which is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Internships are excellent opportunities to gain hands-on experience in your field before graduating.

What is an Internship?

  • Primarily intended as an advanced work experience for students.
  • Training-oriented; may be pre-professional, pre-managerial, supervisory, or technical.
  • May be a paid or non-paid work experience. If paid: student must work 200 hrs. for each credit. If non-paid: student must work 75 hrs. for each credit (or 200 hours, if all 3 credits registered within same term).

How does the Internship Program Work?

Internships, may be paid or non-paid.  They are primarily intended for juniors, seniors, and graduate students.  Such positions are considered pre-managerial, pre-professional, supervisory, or technical in nature.  They may entail either part-time or full-time work and may last for three to nine months, or longer.  In order to qualify, undergraduate students must maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA, and graduate students a 3.0 GPA.  Internships, particularly those that are non-paid, are designed to provide the student with broad exposure to an organization or profession.  Thus, an intern is considered more like a “trainee” than an employee by the sponsoring organization.  A position consisting primarily of clerical tasks such as filing and copying would not be considered an internship. Students should have the chance to learn new skills, explore career interests, and meet new social and intellectual challenges. Companies interested in internships must submit an internship request form and an outline of their training plan. Undergraduate students may earn up to 12 credits, and graduate students up to 3 credits, for work experience related to their major. 

In addition to completing the required hours and submitting a time log signed by their supervisor, students must also receive a satisfactory performance evaluation from their supervisor, and submit a term paper(s) on a topic relating academic concepts to situations and problems in the workplace. These credits are graded on a Pass/Fail basis. 

Students may register for their work experience at any time during a semester or term.  Locating an appropriate work experience is a joint effort between the student and a career counselor.  The counselor will provide leads, contacts, and search strategies, but the student must actively engage in the search process to secure the position.

Internships that Department of History Students have Participated in

biosecurityThe many internships that History Department students have benefitted from include:

  • Center for Excellence in International Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance
  • Hawai'i State Senate
  • Iolani Palace
  • OPM Presidential Fellowship Program
  • Orlando Emergency Management Office
  • Pacific Forum
  • Salvation Army Disaster Planning
  • The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
  • The East-West Center
  • The USS Bowfin Memorial Museum
  • The USS Missouri Memorial Museum
  • The USS Arizona Memorial Museum
  • Tripler Army Medical Center
  • US Army Pacific Command
  • US Department of Homeland Security
  • US Navy Regional Emergency Mangement Office
  • Veterans Affairs Emergency Management Office