Student Resources Career Development Center

Career Development Resources

As an HPU student and Alumnus, the Career Development Center is here to help you with every step of your career development process during and after your college experience. We offer a variety of services and resources to assist you in reaching your goals.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm except for Federal and (most) State Holidays.


500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Building 6: Suite 440
Honolulu, HI 96813


Give us a call at 544-0230 or email us at


The Career Development Center is offering virtual resources including recorded webinars, recorded employer info sessions, and virtual career advising.

Virtual career advising is now available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Simply call (808) 544-0230 or email and we’ll meet with you virtually within 15 mins after contacting our office.



Our Career Advisors are available to meet with you for guidance and insight
on pursuing a career path, participating in an internship or co-op, or finding a part-time or on-campus job.

Busy Schedule?

Students are welcome to schedule a time for a phone consultation. Alternatively, advisors often share great employment and internship opportunities and information on MyHPU Portal. Students are encouraged to set their portal "preferences" to recieve announcements and connect with Career Development opportunities and information.

We now offer online virtual career advising on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Handshake, our university’s new job and internship management platform, is also a great resource to find local, national, and international internship and career opportunities. Handshake will soon be integrated with students' MyHPU Portal for ease of access.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) is a personality inventory rooted in Carl Jung’s psychological type theory. It was developed in the 1940's by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother Katharine Briggs and has been researched and studied extensively since then. There are 16 unique type codes. All type codes and descriptions are based on psychologically healthy behaviors, and there are no good or bad types.

There are many uses of the MBTI and understanding your personality type. However, it should be noted that no assessment can lead to answers that explain all human complexity. This is a tool to be used in the process of the respondent’s personal development (Manual, p. 116). The Career Report provided by the Career Development Center can help you recognize how to approach situations (in work, school, or otherwise) in a way that suits your style. It can also help you in exploring your major and career options, developing your career plan, and progressing from a student to professional. The MBTI can also help you…

  • Develop your leadership style
  • Develop your management style
  • Work in teams and groups
  • Find occupations and careers suited to your preferred work environment
  • In the problem solving and decision making processes
  • Deal with stress
  • Develop new skills
  • Organize tasks
  • Manage your time

For $15 students and alumni can take the assessments on-line and receive a comprehensive profile report based on your answers. A follow-up appointment is scheduled with a Career Advisor to receive a copy of your report and to review the results. Payment for the assessments is accepted by credit card via a secured website.


The Strong Interest Inventory® (Strong) assessment measures career and leisure interests across 291 items and takes roughly 35 to 40 minutes to complete. It is based on the work of E. K. Strong Jr., who originally published his inventory on the measurement of interests in 1927. The assessment is often used to aid people in making educational and career decisions.

The Strong assessment can be used for determining major suitability and satisfaction for those unsure of what academic route to pursue, as well as by individuals considering a career change, employees seeking more satisfying work within an organization, and adults looking for a career transition or re-entering the workforce. The results map out broad interest patterns to describe work activities, potential competencies, self-concept and values, work environments, and hobbies. Your Strong Interest Inventory results will come in the form of a report and a Career Advisor who administers the test will go over it with you to make sure you understand it.


Applicants who submit a resume and cover letter specific to an organization and the position are more likely to receive an interview. Advisors are here to help you craft an employer-ready resume and cover letter that is sure to help you stand out in the applicant pool. Come learn how to leverage your education by marketing yourself to prospective employers in the best way possible.

Don't Be Like Amy!

They say that "practice makes perfect". While that statement may not be completely true, we know that practicing for an important job interview can help you build confidence and learn how to deliver intelligent targeted answers to difficult questions. You will be asked traditional and behavioral interviewing questions and asked to respond as if in an actual job interview. Advisors can tailor the interview to a specific position or industry if you request this in advance. Advisors will give you valuable feedback and tips on how to improve your interview skills based on your performance.

We encourage all students to take advantage of our Internship & Cooperative Education Program. Gain valuable work experience as a student while earning academic credit(s). Visit the Career Center Calendar on HPU's Events page frequently to see what employers are on campus recruiting talented students.

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Employer Info Sessions

So we've shifted our focus and resources to better address the needs and wants of our students through Employer Info Sessions. These sessions are proving to be far less anxiety-inducing and let's face it - awkward. Typically, an Info Session is a 1-hour long round table style presentation where students engage directly with an employer and discover valuable details about the organization and the positions being offered. Students get a chance to really learn more about an organization they're genuinely interested in.

Recorded Employer Info Sessions


Pac Forum Information Session

Students interested in opportunities to immerse themselves in Asia-Pacific policy with an independent research institute are highly encouraged to attend this information session. Pac Forum offers outstanding internships and renowned Young Leaders Program.  

Date: Feb 9, 2021 01:51 PM Hawaii
Meeting Recording: Pac Forum Info Session

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Elemental Excelerator

Elemental Excelerator has a wide array of high-impact, paid internships available in Summer 2021. These internships are available at industry-leading climate teach startups with opportunities in the fields of engineering, marketing, data analysis, biological research, operations, and business strategy.

Date: Feb 11, 2021 02:42 PM Hawaii
Meeeting Recording:Elemental Excelerator Info Session

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National Public Radio

NPR offers a wide array of summer paid internship opportunities for students in nearly all majors. Better yet, students are able to work remotely when interning with NPR. Join us at this virtual information session to learn more about NPR and the various internships being offered in summer 2021.

Date: Feb 16, 2021 11:49 AM Hawaii
NPR Info Session

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Career Development Webinar


Topic: Career Exploration Webinar

Date: Jul 6, 2020 01:00 PM Hawaii
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Topic: Virtual Networking
Date: Jul 16, 2020 09:55 AM Hawaii
Meeting Recording:
Virtual Networking Recording
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Topic: Understanding the Internship Process
Date: Jul 29, 2020 01:53 PM Hawaii
Meeting Recording: 
Understanding the Internship Process Recording
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Topic: Job Search
Date: Oct 21, 2020 01:47 PM Hawaii
Meeting Recording: 
Job Search Recording
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 Resume and Cover Letter Webinar
Submitting a quality resume and cover letter is essential when applying for work. Average resumes and cover letters rarely yield the desired outcome - an interview. Learn how to create high-impact resumes and cover letters that are sure to gain increased interest among employers.

Date: Jan 21, 2021 01:55 PM Hawaii
Meeting Recording: Resume and Cover Letter Recording

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Career and Personality Assessments Webinar
Do you have a clear understanding of your personality type? What about clear vision of future career? Understanding your personality type and career interest will help you hone you career pursuits. This webinar will inform students about the benefits of the MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory assessments.

Date: Jan 26, 2021 01:53 PM Hawaii
Meeting Recording: Career Personality Assessments Recording

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Career Development Workshops

Our workshops are designed to be interactive and engaging, ranging from topics such as standing out in the application process, leveraging social media, nailing the job interview, and researching career outlooks. We offer a variety of workshops that aim to help students develop the ability to appropriately market themselves and their education. Typically, we run these workshops as a 3-day series at the beginning and end of the term. We also collaborate with Registered Student Organizations (RSO's) such as Student Government Association (SGA), Campus Activity Board (CAB), and the International Club, Circle K with customized needs-based content.

Request a Workshop

Searching for a job or internship? Below are some opportunities you may be interested.

Don’t forget to check Handshake, the Career Development Center’s online job board for students, alumni and employers. Don’t have a Handshake account? You can set one up here:

Featured Jobs & Internships: APRIL 27, 2021

  1. Job Opportunities             

    1. Pacific & Asian Affairs Council – High School Global Education Director (Full-time)    

    The ideal candidate for this position will believe deeply in the benefits of providing Hawaii high school students greater opportunities to understand and engage with global and international issues. The candidate will be able to independently manage time, multi-task efficiently, and thrive in a collaborative environment.  

    When: Immediate. For more information: 

    Where: Honolulu  

    Majors: International Studies, East West Humanities  


    1. Pacific & Asian Affairs Council – Supervisor Trainee Internship (Full-time)        

    The ideal candidate for this position will believe deeply in the benefits of providing Hawaii high school students greater opportunities to understand and engage with global and international issues. The candidate will be able to independently manage time, multi-task efficiently, and thrive in a collaborative environment.  

    When: Immediate. For more information:  

    Where: Honolulu  

    Majors: Education, International Studies, and East West Humanities  


    1. Pacific & Asian Affairs Council – Special Events & External Affairs Officer (Full-time)      

    The ideal candidate for this position will believe deeply in the benefits of providing the people of Hawaii greater opportunities to understand and engage with global and international issues. The candidate will be able to independently manage time, multi-task efficiently, and thrive in a collaborative environment.
    When: Immediate. For more information: 

    Where: Honolulu  

    Majors: Business, especially HTM and Marketing, Communications, and Public Administration   


    1. Hawaii Nature Center – Part-time Environmental Educator (Part-time)             

    The Part-Time Environmental Educator works closely with fellow Environmental Educators and reports to the Education Program Manager. The main responsibility of the Part-Time Environmental Educator is to carry out Hawai‘i Nature Center’s (HNC) mission through its high-caliber programs to connect children and families to nature and create future stewards of Hawai‘i. Potential for position extension beyond summer 2021. 

    When: Immediate. For more information: 

    Where: Honolulu 

    Majors: Sustainability, Environmental Science/Studies, Education, and Natural Sciences  


    1. Northwestern Mutual – Financial Advisor Development Program - For Graduating Seniors (Full-time)  

    Are you interested in getting a professional “mainland experience” while staying in Hawaii? If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, want real-world business experience and are looking to make a difference, then an internship with Northwestern Mutual in downtown Honolulu could be right for you. Northwestern Mutual's Financial Planning internship program has been recognized nationally as a Top Ten Internship for Career Development and Financial Services, according to Vault Guide to Internships, 2021 edition.  

    When: Immediate. For more information: 

    Where: Honolulu, HI  

    Majors: All, especially Business 


    Internship Opportunities                

    1. Aloha United Way – Marketing Intern (Unpaid)   

    Who We are Seeking 

    • 10+ hours/week, exact days/times can be negotiated 
    • Ability to work from home or at Aloha United Way 200 N. Vineyard Blvd. Suite 700 
    • Exceptional writing skills (communication, writing, grammar) and proofreading skills. (Graphic Design or photography a plus) 
    • Proficiency on PC computers with Office programs (Word, PPT) 
    • Well-versed and enthusiastic about social media/digital culture 
    • Positive can-do attitude 

    When: Summer 2021. For more information:    

    Where: Honolulu  

    Majors: Business, Marketing, and Communications  


    1. Raynor Overhead Doors and Gates – Accounting/Admin Intern (Paid)  

    You will benefit from working in a lively construction office with a team of 8 other professionals and work directly with the president/accounting manager/operations team on book keeping assignments. Your contributions will help us continue to be the number one garage door company in Hawaii. You will experience what a successful family-owned business runs like day to day as you gain exposure to the possibilities and limits of a small business 

    When: Summer 2021. For more information: 

    Where: Honolulu  

    Majors: Business and Accounting  


    1. The Walt Disney Company– Games & Interactive Experiences Archivist Intern: Remote - Summer 2021 (Paid)            
    • Responsible for archival asset management of the game’s server, disc backups and external Iron Mountain physical archives. This includes pulling content and supplying to the Games Marketing & Production Team and external department requests. 
    • Provides art support such as research, internal archive asset pulls, scanning, photo documenting, meeting scribing and presentation design work as needed. Also oversee printing for art reviews and art boards by logging, plot printing, mounting art in digital and hard copy versions, and color correcting concept images. 
    • Responsible for archival asset management of the game’s server, disc backups and external Iron Mountain physical archives. This includes pulling content and supplying to the Games Marketing & Production Team and external department request. 
    • Participate on special projects as assigned.  

    When: Summer 2021. For more information: 

    Where: Remote   

    Majors: History  


    1. National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) – Measuring Impact of Foreign Influence Operations Intern – Fall 2021 (Unpaid)            

    Designed for highly motivated, high-performing students, the Unconventional Weapons & Technology Division (UWT) anticipates having opening for three internship positions for this project. 


    Strategic adversaries and competitors of the United States have come to view influence operations as an effective, low-cost, and low consequence (for the influencer) means of advancing their goals and agendas. Given our adversaries and competitors’ view of influence operations, and the immense implications and potential consequences of them, there is a need for research that will advance the state of the art in detecting, characterizing, and countering state-sponsored influence campaigns (operations). While there is a large volume of work that has been done to understand the nature and effects of influence operations, as well as exploring various methods to counter them, there is a dearth of work that examines the impact and effectiveness of influence operations. To contribute to the advancement of research in this area, UWT will develop an initial model to measure the impact of influence operations, research comparative case studies, and conduct survey research. By the end of the project, UWT will have developed an initial model that can be used to measure the impact of influence campaigns that is ready to undergo robust verification and validation in the out years as a follow-on research.  

    When: Fall 2021. For more information: 

    Where: College Park, MD (Remote Work Allowed) 

    Majors: Military & Diplomacy Studies, International Studies, History, Public Administration, Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Psychology 


    1. Natural Resources Defense Council – Summer 2021 - Soil Science Internship (Paid)  

    NRDC is seeking a Soil Science Intern to work with the Water & Agriculture team in our Washington, DC office. Regenerative agriculture can help the US meet goals for climate change, improve water quality and water use efficiency, enhance biodiversity, and strengthen communities from the farm to the city. Soil health is a key principle of regenerative agriculture, and soil scientists have played an important role in the regenerative movement. Soil science research has been developing quickly in recent years, and we are looking for a soil science student who is as passionate about soil health as we are to help us keep track of the latest research.  

    When: Summer 2021. For more information: 

    Where: Washington, D. C. (Remote Work Allowed) 

    Majors: Natural Sciences

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Among the challenges we face during the Covid-19 pandemic, the internship/job search can be particularly difficult for college students and graduates. While this process may seem daunting, rest assured employers are still hiring. The search process simply requires students and graduates to be savvy and more resourceful when seeking internships and jobs.


Below is a collection of resources to assist you in your search.


Disclaimer – The resources below are not all endorsed by the HPU’s Career Development Center. Our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible to help you navigate a job or internship search during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some resources are crowd-sourced and it is possible that information is outdated or no longer applicable. Students should conduct their own due diligence to determine content validity. If you find something that is incorrect, please bring it to our attention by contacting


Advice and Resources

Graduating and Job-Hunting in the Midst of Covid-19

12 Tips for Job Searching During a Pandemic

Flexjobs: Job Searching During the Pandemic: Tips & FAQs

How to Use Indeed to Job Search During Covid-19

LinkedIn: Who's Hiring Right Now

Indeed: How to Write a Resume During Covid-19

Forbes: How to Update Your Resume and Cover Letter for Remote Work During Covid-19

Indeed: How to Succeed in a Virtual Interview

9 Tips for Mastering Your Next Virtual Interview

Following Up On a Job During Coronavirus

Forbes: How to Negotiate a Job Offer During Covid  

Indeed: How to Negotiate Your Salary During Covid-19


HPU Career Center Toolkits

Resume Toolkit

Cover Letter Toolkit

Interview Toolkit


Virtual Interviewing

During the Covid-19 pandemic, you can expect most employers to conduct interviews in a virtual format. HPU’s Career Development team encourages you to practice and prepare for virtual interviews. We are here to help you shine when you land that next important interview. Schedule an appointment with us for a mock virtual interview over Zoom.


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In company with the Accessibility Services Office, we’re committed to assisting students with visible and non-visible disabilities secure gainful and rewarding employment. Below is a list of resources we hope will address questions you may have regarding your legal rights, including employer accommodations and disclosures. In addition, as you search for an internship or job, we’ve included some sites to assist you in this process. Should you have questions or need further assistance, please schedule an appointment with us by emailing or calling 808-544-0230.


AAPD Summer Internships

Ability Links – Job site for those with disabilities.

American Association for Advancement of the Sciences Entry Point – Entry Point!, a signature program of the AAAS Project on Science, Technology and Disability, is a national effort to discover and develop talent among undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who demonstrated a talent and interest in pursuing a STEM career.

Association for Higher Education and Disability

Bender Consulting – Assists those with disabilities in securing employment within the private and public sectors.

Hire Abilities Hawaii

HireEd 360 Diversity Resources

Hire Disability Solutions – Job site connecting employers seeking to hire people with disabilities.

Jobs and Education for People with Disabilities

National Organization on Disability

Office of Disability Employment Policy

State of Hawaii, Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities Division and Career Guide for Students with Disabilities

Workforce Recruitment Program – A recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private-sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities.

Work Now Hawaii


Workplace Discrimination

Workforce discrimination occurs in many different ways. There are federal laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, pregnancy, and age. Employers are responsible for complying with the law, but you are responsible for making sure you know and protect your rights.


Illegal Interview Questions

Did you know that it is against the law for employers to ask you certain questions in a job interview? To learn more about what topics are off-limits and what to do if you are asked about them, see Illegal Interview Questions: How to Handle Common Scenarios


Discrimination in the Workplace

If you experience discrimination once you have started a job, here are some tips and information about dealing with employment discrimination.