Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies

Regional Security Studies

Internship Program 


Note: We are now accepting  applications for the Fall and Winter sessions

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 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
  • Foreign candidates
  • It is the responsibility of the foreign candidates to apply for a visa to enter the United States
  • Foreign candidates may be eligible to enter into the US under a B-1 or J-1 visa, or under the Visa Waiver Program (if applicable)
  • Senior undergraduate and graduate students
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Successful completion of a background investigation beginning with a SF85, OF306 and program application


Interns are responsible for arranging course credit to be earned as a result of the internship and the requirements for fulfilling those credits.


As a GRADUATE student you will be able and expected to assist professors lead seminars attended by well-established professionals; take part in lesson planning; assist and participate in policy discussions; work alongside professionals on research projects; gain access to unique historical venues in the Island of Oahu; interact with high level officials from across the Asia-Pacific and publish peer reviewed articles on the Center’s different social media websites.

Our UNDERGRADUATE program gives you the opportunity to: work in a DoD institution focused on foreign affairs and education in the Asia-Pacific; acquire academic and professional training transferable to careers within the private and federal sector; develop research skills and potentially contribute to in-house publications.

Interns are expected to work 20-40 hours per week and 40 hours per week during resident events.

Internship terms are based on the university academic calendar, and have a minimum duration of 12 weeks.


Candidates should demonstrate the following:

  1. Academic and career goals relevant to international affairs, economics, or security cooperation
  2. International experience and interests in Asia Pacific region
  3. Strong team work and interpersonal communication skills
  4. Research experience, analytical and writing capability
  5. Proficiency in computer and information technology


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis for relevant experiences and background demonstrating a knowledge base and research experience in international affairs and security, 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. 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 will be notified within two (2) weeks of completing the application process whether they have been selected for an interview.


The following documents are required for the internship application:

1. Program Application

2. Cover letter

  • Indicate which courses you are interested in assisting and why.
  • Candidates should visit the College’s Page ( for course descriptions and refer to the Course Calendar for the dates of the course offerings
  • Academic and career goals relevant to international affairs and security cooperation.
  • Qualifications for the position, area(s) for research interest.
  • Research experience, analytical and writing capabilities.

3. Resume or curriculum vitae

  • Include contact information, citizenship status, 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.

4. Two letters of recommendation

5. Current academic transcript

  • 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.

6. The following typed forms: SF85 and OF306. 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 form without a SSN; then phone in the SSN.

7. 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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