Regional Security Studies Intern Program and Inouye Fellowship

The Summer window for Inouye Fellowships is March 15- April 15!

The Regional Security Studies Intern Program (RSSIP) puts capable, motivated students and recent grads at the heart of the work of DKI APCSS. Interns assist professors in our suite of in-residence 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.


  • U.S. citizens and internationals who can obtain a F-1 or J-1 Visa.
  • 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
  • Graduate and undergraduate students with a minimum 3.25 GPA, recent graduates (less than 2 years) and active duty military have priority in recruitment
  • Other applicants may be considered according to the needs of the Center
  • All applicants must be able to pass a background investigation


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 DKI 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 should last 12 weeks or longer, with an 8 week minimum. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week during resident events, and 20 hours a week when courses are not in session.


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 for internships are accepted year round, on a rolling basis except for the summer. For summer internships, there is a deadline of March 15th. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview by March 22nd, and will receive the decision on their candidacy by April 1st. Applications for summer received after the deadline will be considered if positions remain. Applications for the fall, winter and spring are considered on a rolling basis, with special consideration for the 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 8 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 DKI APCSS.

For questions or comments please email

For instructions to apply or more information, visit this site!

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