Summer Internships

Working at Hawai`i Appleseed Center During the Summer

Each summer, we host three to six graduate students and law students to conduct research on policy matters or investigate potential impact litigation relating to issues affecting low-income residents of Hawai‘i. Students are typically given a single project to focus on during their 10 weeks at Hawai‘i Appleseed. By the end of the summer, students will have usually developed an extensive memo detailing their findings and making recommendations on potential reforms and how they might best be pursued. Students are given a high degree of responsibility and Appleseed staff rely heavily on the students' work to develop new projects.

For example, in one summer, students at Hawai‘i Appleseed were responsible for researching: (1) solutions for Hawai‘i's affordable housing crisis, (2) inequities in Hawai‘i's tax system, (3) language accessibility of the Hawai‘i driver’s examination, and (4) issues in Hawai‘i's foster care system. The first two projects were developed into policy briefs and ultimately resulted in successful legislation. The third and fourth projects resulted in two class action cases.

Candidates should send an email to expressing your interest in a volunteer position. Please include in your email a current resume and cover letter. The internship is unpaid.

Click here to read testimonials from former summer clerks.