OHA is once again looking for interns this semester and for the upcoming legislative sessions.  If you have any students who may be interested please share this job announcement with them and also to your colleagues in the Hawaiian Studies Department for dissemination to their students?  Mahalo!






The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Public Policy Program is seeking students to assist with various projects prior to and during the upcoming 2015 Session of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature.  In particular, student assistants will play a large role in monitoring hearings, tracking bills and researching, writing and editing testimony.


Student assistant positions are open to both undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional writing skills, maturity, a strong desire to serve the Native Hawaiian community and academic experience in Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiian Language, Pre-law, Law or any other field or discipline related to the job tasks to be performed.  Students must be in good academic standing at an accredited educational institution and be carrying a full-time course load.  “Good academic standing” means maintaining at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.


Students will be scheduled to work between 10 and 19 paid hours per week during the regular school session based on their availability.  The opportunity to work up to 40 paid hours per week during school breaks (i.e. Spring break, Summer break and Christmas break) may be extended.


Compensation will be paid on an hourly basis at the following rates:  Undergraduate Student (1st or 2nd Year) = $10.00/hour; Undergraduate Student (3rd or 4th Year) = $12.00/hour; Graduate Student = $14.00/hour.  Students who have prior work experience with OHA may be paid at a higher hourly rate based on an assessment of the student’s work experience, recommendation by the Program Manager and approval by the Human Resources Manager.  Student assistants are not eligible for OHA employment benefits.  Students must be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the U.S. with proper work authorization.


Interested students should e-mail a cover letter, resume and short writing sample (10 double-spaced pages or less) to Merlyn Akuna at merlyna@oha.org. Questions about applying may also be directed to the same address.  The positions are open immediately and will remain open until filled.


Malama pono,


Merlyn K. Akuna

Pou Alo Kulekele Aupuni

Public Policy Administrative Assistant

560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 200

Honolulu, Hawai’i  96817


(: (808) 594-1756  | *: merlyna@oha.org