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Summer Internship

Native Hawaiian Focus on Budget and Policy

The Hawai‘i Budget & Policy Center, a project of Hawai‘i Appleseed, seeks to ensure that our state and local economic policies increase opportunity for all residents.  We do this by analyzing and understanding the implications of tax and budget decisions and making sure that the public and policy-makers are informed through strategic communications, coalitions, and key partners.  Our work is guided by the belief that government at all levels should play an active role in helping people reach their full potential. 

The HBPC is a member of the highly-regarded State Priorities Partnership (SPP), a national network of 43 budget and tax policy centers that align their work with that of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).  CBPP pursues federal policies designed both to reduce poverty and inequality and to restore fiscal responsibility in equitable and effective ways.  SPP organizations fill the same role at the state level. 

Internship Scope of Work

The intern, with guidance and supervision from the HBPC Director, will carry out an analysis of the state budgets for the Executive, Judiciary, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs branches that may include but not be limited to assessing state spending for the benefit of Native Hawaiians.  The following work is envisioned:

  • Identifying or developing estimates of the number of Native Hawaiians served by public programs in the Departments of Human Services, Health, Education, Hawaiian Home Lands, Public Safety, and University of Hawai‘i System, as well as in the Judiciary Branch and Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
  • Describing programs explicitly targeting Native Hawaiians, including the purpose, genesis, funding amounts and sources, and outcomes.
  • Summarizing expenditures for programs in state agencies identified above and calculating per capita spending for or on behalf of Native Hawaiians or estimating proportional spending for Native Hawaiians compared to their representation in the total population or other analysis, as appropriate.
  • Identifying any federal grants made to state agencies that proposed to aid Native Hawaiians and analyzing the disposition and resulting benefits to Native Hawaiians of those grants.

The intern may also analyze the Hawai‘i state constitution and state statutes for language that explicitly addresses the status or needs of Native Hawaiians.  This work, which may include territorial policy decisions, will help put decisions specific to Native Hawaiians into historic context.

Intern Credentials

The intern should be enrolled in or have recently completed a graduate degree in public policy, health, or administration, political science, law, or a related field.

Knowledge and skills intern will gain

  • General understanding of state policy-making
  • Increased understanding of state agency budgets and reporting
  • Skills in applied budget and population research and analysis

Work conditions

The intern will be expected to maintain a regular work schedule of 35-40 hour per week for approximately 10 weeks during the summer of 2019. The intern will report to work at the HBPC office in Downtown Honolulu or other location as required.

A $5,000 stipend will be provided.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to HBPC Director Beth Giesting at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 1, 2019.

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