We are seeking applicants for 2 (two) internship positions at federal entities in Washington, D.C. This is a unique opportunity for emerging Native Hawaiian leaders to learn about governance and shape public policy at the Federal level.

We are committed to the development of future Native Hawaiian leaders. The federal internship program will offer participants:

  • practical insight into the work of federal entities that directly impact the Hawaiian community;
  • direct mentorship and support from CNHA’s Native Hawaiian Policy Center;
  • engagement with national policy advocates;
  • a potential advocacy training opportunity in Atlanta, Georgia.

CNHA has a vast network of ties and affiliations with congressional and administrative offices, as well as Native American and Asian American & Pacific Islander-serving organizations. Placement of interns will be decided once the interns are selected.

Interns will receive a monthly stipend and housing allowance for the duration of the internship period.

Interns will be required to attend the Native Hawaiian Convention on Oahu in October where they will share their experience.


The federal internship will last approximately seven to nine months between late March and November. Exact dates will be negotiated between the interns and their host offices.


You are eligible to apply if you have at least completed an undergraduate degree prior to the start of the internship.

You are expected to demonstrate an interest in serving the Native Hawaiian community.

For questions, contact us at 808-529-1622 or email info@hawaiiancouncil.org.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.