KOIP Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants

Why should I do an internship?

Internships allow you to gain a competitive edge on tomorrow’s work force, apply academic learning to real world settings, develop new skills & competencies, learn from & network with professionals in you chosen field, and will increase your hiring potential upon graduation.

What are the requirements to participate in the Kāpili ʻOihana Internship Program?

You must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student in a college-accredited program and be able to do an internship within the state of Hawaii. At the time of application, you must be a current college student. You can only apply for internship opportunities that align to your chosen major and are listed as a participating KOIP internship site. In addition, you must be able to commit 120 or 240 internship hours over a 14 week period.

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. If you are interested in participating and would like to increase the likelihood that we will have internship opportunities related to your educational field on a particular island, please contact us to let us know.

When does the internship start?

Kāpili ʻOihana offers internships in the Summer (May – August). Please view our homepage for specific internship dates.

Do you offer paid internships?

We have participating internship sites that offer both paid and unpaid internships. Internship stipends may be available for qualified status, refer to the Stipend page for information

Can I get credit for my internship?

We currently do not have any agreements with any college or universities. If you are interested in earning a credit for your internship, notify your site as early as possible that you are seeking credit for your internship. Please work direclty with your school and internship site to create an internship experience that meets your schools internship credit requirement(s).

For all questions regarding the stipend, please contact KS Financial Aid and Scholarship Services at 808-534-8080.