Program Overview

Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawai’i may be a part of the United States, but it is miles away from the continental U.S. in both location and lifestyle. Your internship will take place in and around Honolulu, the state’s capital and most populous city. Our Site Director hand-picks every internship placement, so you can be sure that you’ll get an internship that’s perfect for you. Honolulu is a major hub for international business and hosts a large diversity of cuisines, cultures, and indigenous Hawaiian traditions. Enjoy the connectivity of a modern city with easy access to outdoor adventures.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Summer: February 15 | March 1
Avg Course Load
U.S credit may be available through CISabroad and/or your home university
Language(s) of Instruction
English
Highlights
  • Many exploration opportunities, including snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, hiking Manoa Falls, and visiting ancient Hawaiian fishponds
  • Unique cultural melting-pot that blends influences from Hawaiian, Pacific, Asian, American cultures
  • Variety of internship placements available, in both urban Honolulu and less populated areas of Oahu
  • Engaging welcome orientation and cultural activities
  • Exceptional program support
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Internship Placement

While participating on a CISabroad program, you’ll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Below are a few sample biology and ecology internship placements undertaken by past participants.
There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized.
Contact an advisor to learn more!

Conservation Intern at Community Fishpond
Work with a truly special organization that manages and maintains a fishpond in the community. The ancient fishpond is considered a community resource and treasure, one that must be cared for shared with others. You'll work with the staff maintaining the fishpond, through water sampling and cleanup. You'll also be part of other duties around education and support.
Intern at Shark Conservation Organization
Put your love of sharks into action as you help educate local community schools and groups about sharks and their importance to our ocean’s health. You may either accompany boats to act as the educational liaison or help to create an educational program using data collection. A new app for shark awareness could also use the input of interns interested in graphic arts, technology, and social media.
Earn credit 

Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed here. Alternatively, many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Learn More →

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Pearl Harbor/Arizona Memorial

At World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, home of the USS Arizona Memorial, learn about one of the most pivotal moments in U.S. history: the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. The monument preserves and interprets the stories of the Pacific War, from the internment of Japanese Americans to the battles in the Aleutians.

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Group Surf Lesson

While enjoying the fun and sun in Honolulu, take a surf lesson tailored to fit all ages and skill levels. Learn the basics of proper form and ocean safety from a CPR and AED-certified professional surf instructor. After balance ball training, head to the water and discover how to paddle and catch waves. The instructor remains in the water through the end of the lesson, making students feel at home while attending to every learning need.

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Snorkel and Sailing

Embark upon a relaxing sail through Oahu’s calm Waikiki waters as playful spinner dolphins frolic alongside and iconic Diamond Head lingers in the distance. Arrive at beautiful Turtle Canyon to snorkel among colorful marine fish and sea turtles. Swim along some of Waikiki’s most pristine reefs and sunbathe and bask in the serenity of a morning cruise.


Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Jessica Aharon
Internship Enrollment Advisor

Travel Tip: Leave everything you think you know about traveling, the country, culture, or people, behind you! You’ll most likely be surprised, so discover everything as new. Take public transportation and make friends with locals- they will show you the best places and usually hook you up. Most of all, stay present and enjoy! 🙂

Learn more about Jessica

Lisa Beardsley
Site Director in Hawai'i

Travel Tip: Pack for summer! Hawai’i’s temperature is 86F and sunny all year round. Drink lots of water and don’t forget your sunscreen! Arrive with an open mind and a sense of adventure.

Learn more about Lisa

Student Feedback

I created lifelong friends in Hawai’i as well as branched out of my comfort zone by traveling alone. I also appreciate how easy it was to transfer my transcript back to my home school.

Amanda Daly, Summer in Hawaii, Framingham State University, Marketing

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2020: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    February 15
    Arrival
    May 18 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 13 | August 10 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $4,990 - $5,990 (Estimated)
  • Summer 2019: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    Arrival
    June 15 (Estimated)
    Departure
    August 10 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $4,990 (Estimated)

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Internship placement and supervision
  • Housing (most placements in shared studio rooms)
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • La Vida Local cultural program