Internship Programs

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) Workforce Development Division (WDD) has two paid internship programs available to the community.


  • Hele Imua is a 12-week internship opportunity for the State of Hawaiʻi.  The purpose of this program is to provide eligible candidates exposure to various high-demand occupations in state government that may transition into gainful employment within Hawaii’s labor market.
  • The Quality Jobs, Equity Strategy, and Training (QUEST) Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) seeks to help dislocated workers and other eligible participants, including underserved and historically marginalized individuals, develop economic resilience to future economic shocks through employment, training, and entry into high-quality jobs, especially in growing and critical industries.



DLIR WDD in collaboration with the Counties seeks to partner with state departments and divisions and other employers that can offer real on-the-job work experience, training, and supervision for selected interns. Interns may conduct duties that are the same or similar to those of your current employees.  This program is intended to prepare interns for possible careers and offers job seekers an inside look and feel of what it is like to work for you while at the same time allowing you the opportunity to stretch your resources further with the assistance of one or more interns.

Please email an intern position description (one paragraph) to:  [email protected]