Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies

Regional Security Studies

Internship Program 

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The Regional Security Studies Internship Program (RSSIP) offers volunteer academic support positions throughout the year for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled not less than half-time in an ongoing program. Recent graduates not pursuing further studies cannot be considered for an internship. Interns assist professors in courses, perform research on pressing regional issues and interact with security practitioners from across the Asia-Pacific region. Applicants should have an academic background in international relations, political science, economics, or other fields related to foreign affairs, as well as an interest in Asia-Pacific security challenges and issues. The RSSIP is uncompensated; intern is responsible for travel, accommodations and living expenses.



  • US citizens or
  • Foreign nationals eligible to enter into the U. S. under a B-1, F-1,  or J-1 visa, or under the Visa Waiver Program (if applicable).
  • It is the responsibility of the foreign candidates to apply for a visa to enter the United States. Foreign student candidates with questions about securing a visa should address them to
  • Senior undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in an academic program, with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Successful cleared for federal work a background investigation beginning with forms SF85, OF306 and an application


The RSSIP can qualify for academic credit. Interns are responsible for verifying whether their schools offer this and making the necessary arrangements.


As a Regional Security Studies Intern, you will be expected to support APCSS’ suite of on-island courses. Interns assist professors in seminars attended by U. S. and foreign military and civilian security practitioners. They take part in lesson planning, assist and participate in lectures and policy discussions, and join in on course social activities across the island. Beyond course support, interns perform research and develop projects in collaboration with APCSS faculty and staff departments, attend visits from U. S. officials and foreign dignitaries , explore historical and cultural venues on the island of Oahu and publish peer reviewed articles on the Center’s different social media websites.

Internships have a minimum duration of 12 weeks, and interns are expected to work 20-40 hours per week and 40 hours per week during resident events.


Candidates should demonstrate the following:

  1. Academic and professional goals relevant to international affairs, economics, or federal service
  2. International experience and an interest in Asia Pacific issues
  3. Strong interpersonal skills, an understanding of teamwork and a commitment to professionalism
  4. Research experience, analytical and writing capabilities and a grasp of classroom etiquette
  5. Proficiency in computer and information technology


Applications accepted year-round, with special consideration for the APCSS course calendar. When applying, applicants should refer to course descriptions and the academic calendar to determine which courses they want to support. Applications should be submitted at least eight weeks in advance of the desired start date. Selected applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of 12 weeks. Candidates are reviewed for a relevant knowledge base and research experience in international affairs and security matters, strong recommendations indicating capacity and potential for success, and clear goals and expectations that demonstrate that the candidate will contribute to as well as benefit from the internship at APCSS.


Candidates will be notified within two (2) weeks of completing the application process whether they have been selected for an interview.



First, complete the Program Application online . Qualified candidates will be contacted for further documentation.

The following documents are required for the internship application:

1.  Cover letter

  1. Indicate which courses you are interested in assisting and why.
  2. Candidates should visit the College’s Page ( for course descriptions and refer to the Course Calendar for the dates of the course offerings
  3. Detail your qualifications, academic and professional experience relevant to international affairs and Asia-Pacific issues, as well as you scholarly and career goals.
  4. Describe your goals and area(s) of research interest while interning at the Center.

2.  Resume or Curriculum Vitae

  1. Include contact information, education, work experience, job-related training courses or certificates, foreign language proficiency, technological proficiency, job or education-related honors and awards, publications and relevant skills.

3.  Two letters of recommendation

4.  Current academic transcript

  1. Unofficial transcripts can be submitted immediately but an official copy must be on file before start date. Incomplete, tardy or illegible packets will be disqualified.

5.  The following typed forms: SF85 and OF306.

  1. These forms are used to initiate a background investigation. Please note that the forms require full social security numbers. To protect your personal information, you may elect to fax the form to 808-971-8949 or email the forms without a SSN; then phone in the SSN to 808-971-8960.
  2. Active duty U.S. military applicants will need to have their clearance verified in JPAS, but do not need to complete the SF85.

6.  Foreign national applications will need to submit additional documentation:

  1. A copy of your visa
  2. A copy of your Customs form I-94
  3. A copy of your Immigration I-20 (F-1 visa) or DS-2019 (J-1 visa)

If you choose to mail your application please send your materials to:

Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies ATTN: Internship Program 2058 Maluhia Rd. Honolulu, HI 96815-1949 or fax application materials to our secure fax line at (808)971-8949.

For questions or comments please email

ATTN: Internship Program


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