Hawaii may be a part of the United States, but it’s miles away from the continental US in both lifestyle and location. You’ll enjoy stunning beaches, a tropical climate, and large biodiversity, and you’ll learn the intricacies of an entirely new culture at the same time. During the Intern in Hawaii program, you’ll intern in and around Honolulu, the state’s capital and most populous city. We’ll tailor your internship to match your goals and interests. Honolulu is a major hub for international business and showcases diverse cuisines, cultures, and traditions. Enjoy the connectivity of a modern city with easy access to outdoor adventures.
- GPA Requirement
- 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
Key Program 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.
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!
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 →
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.
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.
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.
Life in Honolulu
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll take part in both a cultural and university orientation program where you will be introduced to our unique island way of life (‘ao‘ao). Your on-site director will give you a personal tour of the university campus and act as your local guide as you learn your way around the island. You will experience the many different cultures that make up Hawai’i’s largest city. From Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Micronesian, Fijian to Portuguese, Honolulu is one of the most diverse places you will ever experience. All five of your senses will be engaged as you catch the beautiful “Aloha spirit.” You’ll taste the local food; kalua pig (pulled pork) and lau lau (steamed fish and pork wrapped in taro leaves), hear our popular island-style reggae and Hawaiian music, see the incredible natural beauty that surrounds you from waterfalls to rainbows. You’ll touch the sand and feel the waves as you swim with the dolphins and sea turtles. And of course, you’ll smell all the fragrant flowers, tuberose, plumeria, puakenikeni and gardenia.
Farewell and Re-entry Program
As much as you may want to stay, eventually the time will come when we will have to bid you aloha and a hui hou (goodbye, until we meet again). We’ll gather together one last time to remember the good times and reflect on all that you have learned living in Hawai’i nei.
Depending on your placement, most interns will live in Waikiki in one housing location. Some placements are in other areas of the island, so the housing varies slightly. You will have a shared room with kitchen and bathroom access.
- Shared studio rooms
- 24-hour security
- Access to a pool
- Lei Making: Want to learn how to make a lei when you get back home? This class with teach you.
- ‘Ukulele: If music is more your thing, sign up for a free class. Instruments are provided.
- Hula Class: Try your moves out in a free hula class weekly at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.
- Camping: All beaches in Hawai’i are public and many have campsites for $5 per night.
- Friday night fireworks: A Hilton Hawaiian Village tradition. Gather on the beach in front of the hotel for a fantastic fireworks display.
- Waikiki Beach Movie Nights: Movies on the big screen on the beach for free!
- Royal Hawaiian Band Friday Lunch Concert: Every Friday the Royal Hawaiian band plays at the bandstand on the ‘Iolani Palace lawn. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy.
- Hawai’i Theatre Center: Enjoy live Hawaiian music or Hula at this National Historic Theatre.
More About Honolulu
Located on the "Big Island" of Oahu, this jewel in the Pacific is home to coveted landscapes and is one of the world's most popular tourist locations. When you arrive at Honolulu's airport, you’ll be greeted by one of our representatives with a flower lei—the custom greeting in Hawaii!
The warm, tropical climate lets you enjoy the outdoors at any time of the year. You can snorkel through vivid blue water, hike in a lush rainforest, explore active volcanoes, and try surfing Hawaii’s legendary waves. To get around the island of Oahu, there are plenty of buses, taxis, mopeds, bikes, and the Hawaii Pacific Shuttle.
Hawaii’s unique heritage has led to a fascinating melting pot of people with Asian, European, and Native American backgrounds. Thanks to this, you’ll enjoy delicious cuisine, a variety of historical buildings, and the chance to immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind community. Hawaiians like to celebrate, and you can join them for festivals that include Whale Day, the Polynesian Festival, a hula competition at the Merrie Monarch Festival, the Hawaiian International Film Festival, Statehood Day, and the Coffee Festival. Your semester in Hawaii will expose you to an entirely different world within the US.
Amanda Daly - Framingham State University
Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Internship Enrollment Advisor
Site Director in Hawai'i
Summer 2018: Session 1
Application DeadlineFebruary 15ArrivalMay 19OrientationMay 20DepartureJuly 14 | August 11PRICE$4,990 - $5,990
Summer 2018: Session 2
Application DeadlineMarch 1ArrivalJune 16OrientationJune 17DepartureAugust 11PRICE$4,990
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
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
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program